San Francisco, CA Attractions
As one of America’s most famous prisons, Alcatraz San Francisco is one of the most visited sites in the city.
Also known as “The Rock”, Alcatraz began as a Spanish fort that guarded the entrance to the San Francisco Bay. As the site of the first lighthouse built on the Pacific Coast, Alcatraz eventually turned into a federal prison for notorious convicts such as Al Capone and George, “Machine Gun” Kelly.
Now this once infamous prison is part of the Bay Area’s 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Visitors can tour inside the prison, seeing the original cell houses, the mess hall, and the prison library. The island itself is inhabited with rare birds and plants that can be explored as well during your visit.
We highly recommend that you reserve your time on the ferry well in advance, as reservations for the ferries are usually fully booked days, if not weeks in advance.
All tickets for the Alcatraz Ferry are sold by Alcatrazcruises.com. Day tours run seven days a week, starting at 8:45 AM and leaving every 30 minutes during the day. All ferries leave from Alcatraz Landing, located at Pier 33 on the San Francisco Embarcadero.