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The Alcatraz Island San Francisco is an infamous historical prison island, built in 1868. Alcatraz is located in middle of San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. Many famous people have been imprisioned here, and it played an important role in American history, so much so that it was declared as a National Historic Landmark. The places of interest on the island in California include the Former Military Chapel, Baker Beach, Building 64, the Boat Dock, the Lighthouse, the Main Lighthouse, the New Industries Building, the Officers Club, the Wardens House, and the Main Cell house.
The Alcatraz San Franciso is also the natural habitat to Californian Slender Salamanders, Black Crowned Herons and Western Gulls. Migratory birds use the numerous cliff tops for the breeding and roosting. Also to see are the historical gardens planted by the family of the resident defence personnel, and especially the almost extinct Welsh Rose.
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- Ticket prices depend on tour timings and age. It’s more expensive in the night.
- Visitors must reach the island through ferry rides from Pier 33 on Fisherman’s Wharf, operated by Alcatraz Tours.
- Alcatraz Island tours available seasonally.
- Pier 33 to Alcatraz take 10- 15 min from ferry ride.
Alcatraz wheelchair accessible at -
- Alcatraz dock area
- Alcatraz Prison building main floor
- All bookstores
- Island theater
- Alcatraz landing Pier 33
- All Alcatraz Cruises vessels
Alcatraz Day Tour Tickets -
- Adult: USD 38
- Senior: USD 35.75
- Child : USD 23.25
Alcatraz Night Tour -
- Adult: USD 45
- Junior: USD 44
- Senior: USD 41.75
- Child: 26.75
Alcatraz Behind the Scenes Tour -
- Adult: USD 90
- Junior: USD 86
- Senior: USD 83.75
- Departure from San Francisco at 9 am
- The Alcatraz ferry runs every 30 to 40 minutes to and from Alcatraz.
- The island closes for the day at 6:30 pm in the summer, 4:30 pm in fall, winter and spring.
- Alcatraz closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's day.
- Early Bird tour hours - 8:45 am
Alcatraz Day Tour -
- Summer Hours: 9:10 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:10 pm, 2:40 pm, 3:20 pm, 3:50 pm
- Winter Hours: 9:10 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:05 pm, 1.35 pm
Alcatraz Night Tour -
- Summer Hours: 5:55 pm, 6:30 pm
- Winter Hours: 3:50 pm, additional time of 4:45 pm may also be available
Behind the Scenes -
- Summer Hours: 4:20 pm, 4:50 pm
- Winter Hours: 2:10 pm, 2:40 pm
- Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco Bay
- Alioto’s Restaurant
- Kokkari Estiatorio
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95% of people who visit San Francisco include Alcatraz Island in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
58.42% of people start their Alcatraz Island visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Alcatraz Island
91.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Alcatraz Island
This tour was fabulous and the whole experience was enjoyable. The ferry ride over was a relaxing break from the City. After disembarking you can walk leisurely around the grounds and get a nice view of San Francisco about a mile and a half away. The audio tour was informative as well as entertaining. Lots of history to be discovered. This was time well spent!
Excellent views, comprehensive overview of the island on arrival, great audio tour which is free and available in about 11 different languages. I normally don't opt for guided tours but this really really enhances the experience (they share a lot of personal anecdotes from the former prisoners. Makes it very interesting
Of course you have to go to see Alcatraz when in San Fran. It was a cool experience. It starts from the ferry ride overlooking the skyline creeping toward the eerie island with the lighthouse and if you’re lucky you get to see the Golden Gate Bridge too. When there the audio tour walks you through at your own pace. You can see where Al Capone lived, how the three supposedly escaped, and learn about prison life. It can get quite cool on the ferry and walking around so bring a jacket.
I loved it, it was a great addition to a "I finally did it" list. There was really little interaction with the staff but the little that I did have was on point. You pretty much walk at your own pace and do your own thing, its perfect there are things I like to do and things I rather not so this was perfect.
I took the ferry and when around the island but there one or two daily tours in the island.. it is a beautiful feeling looking at the island and its history... the pier is nice and has a big parking lot selection. You pick your choice.. it has restaurants and other ferry's you can take to other attraction