“The Rock” – National Historic Landmark
Alcatraz was once an infamous Federal Penitentiary. The island was also referred to as “The Rock.” It was home to Al “Scarface” Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud. Alcatraz houses three levels of tiny cells. It was where 300 of the nation’s worst criminals were imprisoned during 1934 to 1963. Today, this national historic landmark is one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions. It draws over a million visitors a year. Ride the ferry across San Francisco Bay and have fun exploring the island.
Find out everything you always wanted to know about this legendary prison and its inmates. Free Guided Tours are offered throughout the day by Park Rangers and volunteers. Alcatraz Tours include:
- Round-trip ferry service from San Francisco’s Pier 33 to Alcatraz Island
- Admission to the Alcatraz Cellhouse
- Cell House Audio Tour
- Access to Eagle Plaza, the Recreation Yard, the Sallyport, and the Rose Garden
- Picturesque vistas, up-close views of the Cellhouse exteriors, Building 64, Warden’s House, Officer’s Club… and more
Self-Guided Cell House Audio Tour
Self-guided Cell House Audio Tour includes:
- An up-close look at the prison cells
- Solitary confinement
- The main dining room
- The buildings and other areas of Alcatraz Island
Hear actual voices of the guards and inmates who lived on the island. Listen as they recall what life “inside” was like years ago.
Audio tours are available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Daily Ranger-led programs highlight the island’s American Indian lore, military history and other subjects.
Alcatraz is open every day. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Check Summer and Winter schedules prior to booking your ticket. Plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to your ferry departure and queue at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing.
Allow plenty of time (up to 3 hours) to explore Alcatraz Island, view the exhibits, and enjoy the tours. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking. And wear layers (it can get chilly on the ferry ride and on the island, especially if the fog rolls in).
Book Alcatraz Sightseeing Tours
Book Alcatraz Guided Tours, Evening Tours, Behind the Scenes Tours and Combo Tours. During the peak summer months and around holiday weekends, Alcatraz sells out as early as several weeks in advance. So, we highly recommend that you make your reservations early.