travelgrove Travel Tips
 

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

 
10
    
Legend
  • History & Culture travel tip
  • City center
Distance from city center: 11mi
zdanko's pictureby zdanko History & Culture travel tip
added on the 20th of January, 2010
Probably one of the most famous jails in the world and home to many myths and movies, this used to be a high security federal prison in 1934. Originally the Island was home to many pelicans and for that reason it was called "Isla de los alcatraces" (The Island of the Pelicans). Al Capone was probably the most famous of those dangerous criminals that were kept on Alcatraz and ,amy others like "Machine Gun Kelly", "Doc Barker", the "Birdman of Alcatraz", and "Creepy Karpis" were all imprisoned there. Because Alcatraz was not only home to the underworld stars, but also a money eating machine, many smaller criminals found their home in Alcatraz later on. In 1963 three criminals escaped from Alcatraz and the government finally decided to close down the prison. Today Alcatraz is actually a historic site supervised by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Tourists can take one of the many ferries from Pier 39 and book daily tours. Make sure you book well in advance to make sure that you get the departure time you are looking for.

Address:
San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Price:
Adult (18-61) $26.00
Junior (12-17) $26.00
Child (5-11) $16.00
Senior (62+) $24.50
Toddlers (0-4) free
Family (2A+2C) $79

Night tours are slightly more expensive and there is an early bird rate available.

The Family Ticket contains two Adult Tickets and two Child Tickets (ages 5-11). The Family Ticket is only available by phone or at the Ticket Booth, not online. No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to tour Alcatraz Island without the accompaniment of an adult. An adult must be with them at all times while on their tour of Alcatraz Island.

Opening Hours:
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
11:35 AM
12:10 PM
12:45 PM
1:20 PM
1:55 PM

Night tours depart at 4:20 PM

How to get there:
Just go to Pier 39 and take the ferry to Alacatraz

 
Museum of Asian ArtAlamo Square
 
 
 
History & Culture
tips

Recent travel tips for San Francisco

  • Dolores Park Movie Night
    On Thursday night’s throughout the summer, there is a free movie shown in Dolores Park.  Don’t expect your typical quiet theater atmosphere. It’s more like a party at Dolores Park. There are no assigned seats and [...]
    D: 8mi00
  • Cafe Du Soleil
    The best thing is that you can sit on the terrace and enjoy both the sun and one of the best places for a breakfast. They have good coffee and delicious cakes. You can stay on the sun and have your breakfast and also have a break from [...]
    D: 8.8mi00
  • Alamo Square
    The Square gives the most beautiful view in the whole city. One can see it on many postcards. One especially beautiful view is towards Steiner street, with the famous houses, the 'painted ladies'. They are also called the Victorian [...]
    D: n/a10
  • Powell St Cable Car
    The Powell/Market Street Cable Car is one of the most popular Cable Car Stops in the city. It showcases the famous Cable Car Turnaround, where drivers manually turn the car the same way it has been done since its opening. The line to get on [...]
    D: 9.7mi00
  • Sutro Baths
    Sutro Baths is at the north west corner of the city next to the Cliff House. The baths, which are now ruins, was a popular swimming pool that opened in the 1800's which burned down in the 1960's. What is left is a beautiful building [...]
    D: 10.8mi00

Things about San Francisco you may be interested in

 
 
 
guides

Recommended

San Francisco Travel guide

While wandering through Chinatown's streets and alleys, don't forget to look up. Above street level, many older structures have ornate balconies and cornices. The architecture on the 900 block of Grant Avenue and Waverly Place is particularly noteworthy, though some locals decry it and similar examples as inauthentic adornment meant to make their neighborhood seem "more Chinese." [...]
 
 
 

More travel tips you might be interested in

Chengtu, China
Hi friend Ivisited chennai last month and found that chennai is a cool place. I got a rental car from one of the popular car service provider,...
Public Transportation: Travel to chennai in your own luxury car

Manchester, United Kingdom
Never stops raining.
General: Weather

 

Cochin, India
Pookode Lake is a scenic freshwater lake in the Wayanad district in Kerala, South India. The lake is surrounded by forests, and boating is allowed....
Sightseeing: Pookode lake

Jammu, India
Jammu is vey crowded during the months of october and April due to the holy Navratri season in India. To get good accommodations during these times...
General: Travel tip

 

Skopje, Macedonia
Getting to Skopje and sightseeing the city!
General: Skopje trip

Huahine, French Polynesia
Tahiti is famous for growing great vanilla. Be sure to take a tour of Huahine and visit the vanilla farms where you can buy fresh vanilla beans to...
History & Culture: Vanilla Farms in Huahine

 

Serangoon Garden Estate, Singapore
Time in a bottle is one of the many bars that is located along Serangoon garden estate. It is a very popular bar among the locals and among the...
Night Life & Entertainment: Time in a bottle (Bar)

Charlotte, North Carolina
For some brand or souvenir shopping we went to the SouthPark Mall, because we figured we could everything in one place so we wouldn't have to...
Shopping: SouthPark Mall

 

San Antonio, Texas
I've always enjoyed visiting botanical gardens, they can provide such a fascinating surrounding even in a really busy city. So it was...
Sightseeing: San Antonio Botanical Garden

Wahweap, Arizona
Wahweap Marina is a great spot to spend a couple of nice days by the water. They have a great selection of rentals (power boats and house boats)....
Beaches : Wahweap Marina

 
 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*