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  • Address: Ferries depart Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf
  • Hours: Open daily; tour boats depart San Francisco 9:10am - 6:45pm (shorter hours in winter)
  • Admission: Park admission $26 - $58 (adults)
For almost 150 years, Alcatraz has given the innocent chills and the guilty cold sweats. Over the years it's been the nation's first military prison, then a forbidding maximum-security penitentiary, now a National Park. No wonder that first step you take off the ferry and onto 'The Rock' seems to cue ominous music: dunh-dunh-dunnnnh!

The trip to Alcatraz is popular and space is extremely limited. Purchase Alcatraz tickets as far in advance as possible, up to 90 days.

The roster of Alcatraz inmates read like an America's Most Wanted list. A-list criminals doing time on Alcatraz included Chicago crime boss Al "Scarface" Capone, dapper kidnapper George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and hot-headed Harlem mafioso and sometime poet "Bumpy" Johnson. Though Alcatraz was considered escape-proof, in 1962 the Anglin brothers and Frank Morris floated away on a makeshift raft and were never seen again.

A visit to Alcatraz is more than just seeing the inside of an old prison. The scenic ferry ride on the San Francisco Bay enhances the experience. On the way to Alcatraz, take in the breathtaking panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island; the Ellis Island of the West.

Practical Info

Alcatraz is accessible by ferry, which leaves from Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf, every half hour, between 9am and 2pm. Allow about 2 1/2 hours for the round-trip boat ride. Tickets sell out days and sometimes weeks in advance, so consider purchasing them in advance.

Be sure to bring along a sweater or windbreaker, as it gets much cooler once you’re out on the water. Bring along snacks, as the ferry has a limited beverage-and-snack bar, and only water is available on the island.

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