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  • Address: Ferries depart from Pier 33 94123, USA
  • Hours: Multiple departure times available
  • Admission: Varies
For almost 150 years, Alcatraz has given chills to the innocent and cold sweats to the guilty. Having once served as the nation's first military prison, it was then a forbidding maximum-security penitentiary. Now, Alcatraz is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and open to the public as one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco.

The roster of former Alcatraz inmates includes A-list criminals such as Chicago crime boss Al 'Scarface' Capone, dapper kidnapper George 'Machine Gun' Kelly and hot-headed Harlem mafioso 'Bumpy' Johnson. Though Alcatraz was considered escape-proof, in 1962, the Anglin brothers and Frank Morris infamously floated away on a makeshift raft and were never seen again. No wonder that first step off the ferry and onto 'The Rock' seems to cue ominous music.

A visit is more than just seeing the inside of an old prison, as the scenic ferry ride includes the epic panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island, also known as the Ellis Island of the West. Alcatraz is extremely popular and space is limited, so pre-purchasing a ticket that combines the experience with a city tour or sunset cruise is recommended.

Practical Info

Alcatraz is accessible via a ferry that leaves from Pier 33 near Fisherman's Wharf upwards of 15 times per day, running to Alcatraz as early as 9:10am and returning to the pier as late as 6:30pm. Early-bird trips depart at 8:45am, while night tours allow visitors to stay on the island as late as 9:25pm. Allow about 2.5 hours for the full trip, including both ferry rides. Tickets sell out days and sometimes weeks in advance, so consider purchasing well before your planned visit. Be sure to bring along a sweater or windbreaker, as it is much cooler out on the water. The ferry has a limited beverage and snack bar; water is available on the island.

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