Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

4.7
#1 of 6,043 in Nature in United States
Must see · Island · National Park
Tour the infamous former maximum-security penitentiary on Alcatraz Island. Nicknamed The Rock, this small island in the San Francisco Bay is now a national park. After taking a ferry to the island, follow the audio guide, available in ten languages. You'll go through the inside of the old prison's facilities, which include a lighthouse, military fortifications, and cellblocks. Though long considered escape-proof, the prison suffered an irreparable blow to its reputation in 1962, when three inmates mysteriously disappeared using a makeshift raft. Explore the protected recreation area with a park ranger, who can enhance your visit with little-known information about the island's current inhabitants: the black-crested night herons and western gulls. Using our custom trip planner, San Francisco attractions like Alcatraz Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • this was the main reason i came to san fran on vaction. i didnt really know what to expect but it exceeded my expectations. i had soo much fun  more »
  • we had to do the visit but at the last minute we preferred to cancel because we were afraid of having a problem on this island and of getting stuck there  more »
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  • What an amazing experience. My family of 6 thoroughly enjoyed citing Alcatraz. Even with a 5 year old and a 1 year old in a stroller we found almost everything accessible. From the historical storytelling to the magnificent views you will have an enjoyable time. BOOK ON ADVANCE, this is a must if you plan to visit, especially if you want to do the night tour. 5 Stars 🌟
  • After watching and loving the movie, "The Rock", I had to go visit and tour the island when the opportunity presented itself. Definitely worth a few hours of your time and the $40 ferry ride. Self-guided audio tour is great and right to the point. Maybe 45 minutes or so. You can stay as long as you like on Alcatraz island, but the last ferry leaves at 4:30pm. Definitely check it out!

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