Visit the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. Experience the beauty of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. This 12-mile guided bike…
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Explore the famous Alcatraz Island before following your guide on a unique tour around San Francisco's main highlights.
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Top sights in San Francisco
Alcatraz is home to a Civil War military garrison, seabird colonies, and the West Coast's oldest working lighthouse. But if its walls could talk, they'd give a whole lot away about some of America's most dangerous criminals. Here's a quick overview!
Perhaps the most famous gangster of all time, Capone eventually ended up in cell 181 where, by most accounts, he was unable to cope with prison life.
The "Birdman of Alcatraz" actually became a respected ornithologist at his previous prison, Leavenworth. Alcatraz wouldn't let him keep animals!
Harvey Keitel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Cohen in "Bugsy." It was a fitting tribute to a man who invented every Hollywood mobster cliché!
Before he was one of America's most feared crime bosses, the notoriously brutal Bulger spent three years in Alcatraz. The bogeyman of Boston is currently incarcerated in Florida.
In 1962, these three cracked an intricate plan thought to be the only successful Alcatraz escape attempt. What happened to them after that is anyone's guess!
You can only reach Alcatraz by ferry, which sets off from Port 33 on the Embarcadero.
Alcatraz gets quite foggy during the summer months, so you'll experience the best weather at the end of spring or beginning of fall. May and June are ideal for bird activity.
It only really matters if you want to spend the whole day there, in which case you'll obviously want to get there as early as possible! There are a limited amount of people allowed on the island, which keeps crowds from getting out of hand - so be prepared to wait.
- When should I visit?Ferry departures from 9AM daily.
- Is it expensive?Ticket prices vary, from $30 for adults.
- Will I need a guide?Experience Alcatraz as part of a hop-on hop-off tour of other San Francisco sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, and save money - there'll be a guide giving you all the information you need for every destination.
- How to get thereAs Alcatraz is an island, the only way of reaching it is by ferry. You can do this on the F line of the Muni (bus).
- Additional information
- The island has some steep hills, so make sure to wear good walking shoes.
- Bring a jacket or sweater - it can get chilly near the coast!
What people are saying about Alcatraz
In just a few hours you get a good grip of San Francisco. So worthwhile when you have little time toe xplore the city and want an overall vew to handpick later the places you want to visit!
Nic is funny and caring, it's totally no problem if only you can join. But the travl time of alcatraz island could be known inly when u arrive their shop. A bit difficult to plan your day.
We have particularly enjoyed our visit of San Francisco by Segway. It was fabulous and original !!!! And Melanie, our instructor, was so kind and interesting !!! Her positive behavior was very appreciated. Alcatraz visit was so instructive and mysterious...
Our guide was very professional and gave us a lot of interesting facts about that we would not have known if we had not done a tour.
Tour was OK Even so no Goldengate Bridge crossing made, Even so a Bridge toll included. No lunch provided (Even so mentioned in Get your Guide Text) Afterwards on Special demand a Voucher was given. No City Hall stop. Total time was 3.15 hrs Theo just dropped off at the Ferry for Alcatrac, which left more than 2 Hours later. Luckily the weather was good weather and I remembered from an earlier visit, that there are nice attractions close by, so we used the time at Pier 39, to watch the sealions and have a good seafood lunch. At Alcatrac we Spend 2 hours and the audioguide in German language was very good.