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Alcatraz is a must-see for any traveler visiting San Francisco.

The Alcatraz Island tour starts with a scenic 10-minute ferry ride from San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Taking the ferry to Alcatraz will afford you amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco city skyline from the north. When you land on the island, you’ll get a short history of Alcatraz, and then head up into the prison! You’ll be equipped with an audio tour titled “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”, which features interviews and stories of prisoners and correctional officers who either worked on or were incarcerated in the United States Penitentiary-Alcatraz.

An orientation video, ranger-led tours and docent tours are also available.When you’re through at The Rock, you simply catch a ferry back to land: they run every 30-40 minutes!

You may choose to skip the crowds and travel a little later, taking the Alcatraz Night Tour. This includes all of the same highlights as the day tour, but it’s usually less crowded, and the sunset view of the bay is amazing.

Named for the birds that roost on the island, Alcatraz was first called “La Isla de los Alcatreces,” or “The Island of the Pelicans,” and was later shortened to “Alcatraz.” Being just 1.5 miles off the coast of San Francisco, it became a military asset in the early 1850s at the end of the Mexican-American war, when California became a part of the United States.

Although it also functioned as a military arsenal and holding place for military prisoners during the American Civil War, Alcatraz is most famous for its time as a Federal Prison from 1934-1963, when it housed famous prisoners such as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. While there are many urban legends about escapes from Alcatraz, it is believed that no inmate ever successfully escaped from “The Rock”. 

After closing as a federal prison in 1963, the island of Alcatraz was occupied by Native American activists, the major occupation taking place from 1969 to 1971. The Native Americans were protesting federal policies that denied land rights to native tribes. The occupation continued until President Nixon rescinded the previous policies that denied federal recognition of the tribes. To this day, there are many cultural exhibits on the island recognizing the native people that occupied the island. 

In 1968, Alcatraz was declared a National Historic Landmark, and became a national recreation area under the protection and management of the National Parks System in 1972. More than one million people visit Alcatraz Island annually to learn about its rich history. 

Book your Alcatraz tour tickets today to see The Rock for yourself!

Tours of Alcatraz Island

 

Alcatraz Island Tour + Yosemite Day Tour and Aquarium

2 days | $259 book now

On your first day, see the historic Alcatraz Federal Prison and explore the Aquarium of the Bay. The next day, see all the highlights of Yosemite Valley including: El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, and Tunnel View (Inspiration Point)!

 
 

Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour + Alcatraz Day Tour and Aquarium

2 days | $169 book now
 
 

Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour + Alcatraz Night Tour and Aquarium

12 hours | $179 book now

Visit Muir Woods National Monument and the beautiful town of Sausalito on this refreshing 1/2 day tour. Ride the full loop back to San Francisco, or take the ferry across the bay from Sausalito – the choice is yours! Finally, depart from Fisherman's Wharf for Alcatraz Island and experience the prison at night!

 
 

Muir Woods Tour with Sonoma Wine Country + Alcatraz Tour and Aquarium

2 days | $239 book now

On your first day, see the historic Alcatraz Federal Prison and the Aquarium of the Bay. Then, walk through the misty trails of Muir Woods and taste a variety of local California wines in Sonoma County on this great combination day tour.

 
 

Alcatraz Island Tour + Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour and Aquarium

2 days | $279 book now

Check out the Aquarium of the Bay and Alcatraz Island, and then taste a variety of local California wines from both Napa and Sonoma counties on this relaxing and educational 2-day tour package.

 
 

Silicon Valley Tech Tour + Alcatraz Tour

2 days | $199 book now

Visit Alcatraz Island – San Francisco’s #1 attraction! The next morning, “Check in” at Google Campus, the Computer History Museum, the Apple Visitors Center, and see the Facebook Thumbs-Up sign in Silicon Valley.

 
 

Alcatraz Island Tour + San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

2 days | $99 book now

Visit Alcatraz Island – San Francisco's #1 attraction! The next day, board a catamaran sailing vessel for an exciting tour of San Francisco Bay.

 
 

2-Day San Francisco City Tour + Alcatraz Island

2 days | $150 book now

This hop-on hop-off double decker bus is a great way to familiarize yourself with San Francisco without having to drive. Explore the 20+ stops around the city with this 2-day pass, and see Alcatraz Island as part of the package!

 
 

Alcatraz Tour + San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

1 day | $129 book now

The Best of the SF Bay in a Day! Visit Alcatraz Island – San Francisco’s #1 attraction, and then board a biodiesel ship for a relaxing cruise around San Francisco Bay with live music, refreshments, and a sunset view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 
 

Alcatraz Night Tour + San Francisco Bay Cruise

1 day | $109 book now

The Best of the SF Bay in a Day! Board a biodiesel ship for a relaxing cruise around San Francisco Bay, and then visit Alcatraz Island – San Francisco's #1 attraction – at night!

 

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