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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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 to visitFerry departures from 9AM daily.
- What is the price?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 tips
- 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
Hugh was one of our first impressions of San Francisco and we couldn't have asked for a better segway trainer or a better tour guide! He truly went above and beyond our expectations in every way! It was crowded, crazy, invigorating and beautiful all at once, and we would most certainly do it again!
We felt very fortunate to have one tour guide for two of us. He was kind, interesting, flexible and helpful. It was a wonderful way to see San Francisco!
Matt our tour guide was great and he took time to make sure the group was safe. The weather was clear and beautiful day for a bike ride in San Francisco.
I booked online, printed up my voucher, and enjoyed myself from bridge to bridge!
Unless you are very particular about viewing the bridge by stepping onto it, this cruise is a very convenient way to view the bridge. Also throw in a view of Alcatraz, SFO skyline, and Oakland bridge, this cruise is a total value for money.