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Discover the Mysteries of Alcatraz

Hop on the ferry at Pier 33 and cruise the waters of San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz offers a unique look at the cultural history of California through tours, exhibits, and videos. Uncover the mysteries of Alcatraz on the free walking tour with audio narration that highlight the Rock’s dramatic history.


Take the Alcatraz Cell House Audio Tour, included with your ferry ticket, and hear the stories of the prisoners and correctional officers who lived on the island during the Federal Penitentiary era (1934 – 1963). The National Park Service also offers 45-minute guided tours with chilling anecdotes on famous inmates, escapes and two centuries of Alcatraz history.


To truly experience the myths, moods and mysteries of Alcatraz, join the Evening Tour. The night ferry to Alcatraz circles the island with live narration about the Rock’s stirring history. When you arrive, you take a guided tour from the dock to the cell houses and hear gripping stories about the nefarious residents of Alcatraz. The Alcatraz Night Tour offers special guided activities not offered during the day, including the eerie experience of being locked in an old cell. At sunset, the views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge are mesmerizing.


One of the most unique mysteries of Alcatraz is how naturally beautiful and wild the rocky island is. Explore the tide pools, gardens, and thriving bird colonies and savor breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay Area.

About 7 years ago by San Francisco Destination Team


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