Alcatraz, San Francisco

Discover the infamous prison Alcatraz!  Stroll through the cellblocks that once housed criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. Approximately one million toursits visit Alcatraz a year, making the island one of the more popular tours in San Francisco.

Alcatraz Island is a 25 acre island located just 1 1/4-miles from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Alcatraz is best known as the infamous and notorious former federal prison and home to the likes of Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelley, and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud.

From 1933, the Federal Bureau of Prisons used the facility as a maximum security prison. It was closed in 1963 due to the high costs of operating and security issues. Today Alcatraz is a major toursit attraction.
To get to Alcatraz catch a ferry from the dock at Pier 33. The ferry across the San Francisco Bay takes about 10 minutes.  When you reach the island you will be greeted by Park Rangers who are available for guided tours of the prison. The guided tours take place at various times throughout the day.