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