S.F. Bay Area— California
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Attractions
Alcatraz — "The Rock"
One of San Francisco's
Once an infamous Federal Penitentiary, "The Rock" was
home to Al "Scarface" Capone,
George "Machine Gun" Kelly and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud.
is one of San Francisco's most
in the middle
of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz draws
over a million visitors
a year. The National Historic Landmark is a
must-see destination when visiting San Francisco.
Alcatraz features three levels of tiny cells, where 300 of the
nation's worst convicts were imprisoned during 1934 to 1963. The Cell
House Tours are popular with kids and adults alike.
Self-Guided Cell House
The self-guided Cell House Audio Tour gives visitors an up-close look
at the prison cells, including those in solitary confinement, in addition
to the main dining room and other areas of Alcatraz.
Hear actual voices of the guards and inmates who lived on the island
as they recall
what life "inside" was like years ago.
Audio Tours in Six Languages
Audio tours are available in six languages: English, French, German,
Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Daily Ranger-led programs highlight
the island's American Indian lore, military history and other subjects.
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.
Alcatraz — Park Programs
Park programs include: Guided Tours, Evening
Programs, Alcatraz Kids' Tours, Special Exhibits and
fun Upcoming Events.
Info on Park Programs
Private Events & Tours
Alcatraz Island is also available
on a limited basis for private evening events and tours.
Info on Private Events,
Tours and Film Permits
Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit
to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! Tour includes Ferry ride to
Alcatraz Island and an Audio Walking Tour of the "Cell Block."
and San Francisco
More Alcatraz Tours & Tickets
During the summer months and around holiday weekends,
Alcatraz sells out as early as a week in advance, so we recommend
you make reservations early.
Early Bird Tours depart at 9:10am with a tour following at 9:30am. Starting at 10am, tours depart every half hour.
Night Tours (voted the "Best Tour of the Bay Area") depart at 6:10 and 6:45pm.
Buy tickets at the Hornblower Alcatraz Landing
ticket office at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero — or online at their web site below:
Best Time to
- Nat'l Park Service
Blue & Gold