“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.
Free Guided Alcatraz Tours
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.
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.
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.
Alcatraz is open every day. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.