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Alcatraz Island

Fort Mason, B201

Alcatraz Island (San Francisco Bay) - A short ferry ride into the San Francisco Bay will take you to Alcatraz Island. The history of Alcatraz is surprising to many. It was a Civil War fortress, an infamous federal penitentiary (closed in 1963), a bird sanctuary and the first lighthouse on the West Coast. The tour of the prison is a highlight of Bay Area attractions!  In addition to the historical significance, there is also a natural side to "the Rock," where you'll find gardens, tide pools, bird colonies and incomparable bay views. It is now a sanctuary for seabirds and is a premier spot for viewing cormorants, pigeon guillemots, snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons.


Mxmln Crls

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Book tickets in advance ! Could be sold out for weeks ! It is worth it and one of the best sightseeing spots in SFO !

Josef S

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
This is an amazing piece of history, a great island that is easy to walk even for elderly and it has scenic views to the skyline of San Francisco and the Golden gate Bridge. Buy tickets online beforehand. You might otherwise not be able to see this jewel.

Aniel Grover

Saturday, May 5, 2018
The famous Alcatraz Prison island. The famous Movie "The Rock" was made here.


Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017
Taking a tour of Alcatraz is a very cool experience. I believe the tickets go on sale 90 days before the tour date. If you wait to buy your tickets they will be sold out. Definitely go on the night tour. I've done day and night. The night is better. There are fewer people and the island has a creepier vibe at night. Dress in layers. The island is cold and windy at night.

Celestine Sin

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
When I visited it was during a storm so not the nicest weather to be on an island! It was cold and windy. However, I joined a free Garden tour and it was so awesome it actually made the trip better. The volunteers were very knowledgeable and the tour showed you areas that you are closed from the general public. As for the prison itself, there's a free audio guided tour that you get from a headset. It is very informative. I would suggest visiting during the spring/fall.

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