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Alcatraz Island

Best Time To Visit Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island - beautiful sunny day on SF Bay (photo of Alcatraz taken in October)

Best Time To Visit Alcatraz
The best time to visit Alcatraz — and San Francisco — is during the Spring or Fall (April-May or September-October), when it's warm and sunny.

To avoid crowds, schedule your visit during the winters months (January thru' March) — winters are usually mild, especially compared to the East Coast.

The fog— San Francisco's natural air-conditioner — rolls in along the coast during the summer months (mornings and evenings). Summer is the peak tourist season, so expect crowds.

Alcatraz Hours
Alcatraz Island closes at 6:30pm in the Summer, 4:30pm in the Fall, Winter and Spring.

Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day... or due to extreme weather.

Early Access to Alcatraz
and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

Beat the crowds and take an early-bird ferry to Alcatraz. After your visit, enjoy an exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour of San Francisco.

Book Early Access to Alcatraz
and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour of San Francisco

Alcatraz Tours & Tickets
Combine your trip to Alcatraz with one of the following Fun Tours:

  • Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour
  • SF in One Day: Alcatraz, Bay Cruise and City Guided Tour
  • Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods & Sausalito Day Trip
  • Napa Valley Wine Country Day Trip and Alcatraz Tour
  • San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour
  • SF Alcatraz Discovery Lunch Cruise

Alcatraz Tours & Tickets




Amy and Neil on Ferry with view of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CA

What To Wear
Dress warmly when going out on the Bay. Wear layers, as it can get chilly if it's foggy or windy, even in the summer. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. And don't forget sunglasses and sunblock. Bring a warm jacket if you're planning on a Night Tour of Alcatraz.

Patriots Jet Team performing over Alcatraz during SF Fleet Week

San Francisco's Fleet Week — Blue Angels Air Show (pictured above) and Parade of Ships takes place annually every October over San Francisco Bay, so if you're planning to visit Alcatraz during this time, get your tickets early.

Close Up of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay

Up-close view of Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA


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