San Francisco - Alcatraz Island Tours

Alcatraz Island Tours

Alcatraz Island is located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) offshore from San Francisco.

The island was developed in the mid-19th century as an army fort, lighthouse, and later military prison. In 1934, the island was converted into a federal prison, that became one of the most notorious prisons in American history, the prison closed in 1963.

Today the island is managed by the National Park Service and visitors can reach the island in a short 20-minute ferry ride from Pier 33.


Once you arrive to the island you will begin your walking tour.

During your walking tour you can go inside the building and enter the cell block. There is a good self-guided audio tour that explain the island history, prison stories and events.

On top of the prison tour the island provides one of the bests views of San Francisco skyline and the surrounding bay.

Plan on spending at least half a day on your Alcatraz tour.

Once you are done with your island explorations you need to take the ferry back to the city.


I visited here once and found it to be fun and interesting activity to the family.


Check websites for more information about ferry rides and ranger tours.

You can buy tickets for Alcatraz 90 days in advance of your visit day.

Do not buy at the last minute, you may discover that you do not have any available trip sloths on you planed day. I advise to buy tickets as soon as you set your travel plans.


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