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Experience The Night Tour

Experience the many moods of Alcatraz Island with an evening visit. Enjoy the beauty of a sunset silhouetting the Golden Gate Bridge, experience a cell door demonstration, and hear compelling stories about the Island’s history and residents.

 

Discover The Cellhouse On An Alcatraz Day Tour

Enjoy access to Alcatraz Island, including the historic Alcatraz Cellhouse with the self-guided Cellhouse Audio Tour.

 

Explore The Island Behind The Scenes

Discover areas not otherwise available to the public!  Join a group of 30 people or fewer on a guided 1.5-2 hour adventure to explore off-limits areas and hear little-known-stories about the Island’s fascinating past, then join the Alcatraz Night Tour (including Cellhouse Audio Tour) for a full evening’s experience.

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Bridal Shower in San Francisco

Golden Gate City. Sunset City. City by the Bay. No matter what nickname you prefer for San Francisco, the description of the destination remains the same: perfect weather, iconic landmarks,

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Exhibit: Red Power on Alcatraz: Perspectives 50 Years Later

  In 1969, a group of Native American activists called the Indians of All Tribes arrived on Alcatraz Island. They spoke out against the United States government’s termination policy and

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Growing Up On Alcatraz

Guest Blog Post – Jolene Babyak Among the many revelations about Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary that surprise most people is that families also resided there. Surprised, at least, until I remind

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Winter On Alcatraz

The Bay’s Escape Is it still 2020? Check out for a while and check in to Alcatraz Island, the Bay Area’s most convenient winter getaway. Boasting a safety-focused National Park

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ANGEL ISLAND: San Francisco Bay’s Other Island

Angel Island is your best bet if you’re looking for an island escape in the Bay Area. This little-known gem is located in San Francisco Bay, just a short distance

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Alcatraz City Cruises Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Most Infamous Escape in History

On June 11th, take a trip to “The Rock” and experience tours of the famed San Francisco landmark on this special milestone of the anniversary of the most infamous prison

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The Best Places to See the Sunset in San Francisco (when there’s no fog)

One of the greatest treats the San Francisco Bay Area offers is panoramic views of some spectacular sunsets. Although no city is perfect, San Francisco is pretty darn close, especially

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3 Days in San Francisco

Celebrated for its hilly streets, moody fog, famous bridge, and buzzing nightlife, the City by the Bay offers a lot of fun under the sun. It’s hard to know where

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When (and Why) did Alcatraz Close?

The Alcatraz prison closed its doors on March 21, 1963. The prison had been open for twenty-nine years before shutting down. However, you can still visit Alcatraz Island for tours.

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60th Anniversary of the Closure of Alcatraz

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Alcatraz Escape from the namesake island (also known as “The Rock”) located in San Francisco. As one of, if not the most

Alcatraz History

1934 – 1963

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand

Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to “The Rock”. The presence of infamous inmates, like Al “Scarface” Capone and the “Birdman” Robert Stroud, helped to establish the Island’s notoriety. Yet, many people are unaware of the historical significance before and after it was one of the world’s most legendary prisons.

1969 – 1971

The 20th Century

Civil War-era buildings, cannons, and subterranean rooms give insight into the 19th century when the Island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. As you dock at Alcatraz Island, visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation, which began in 1969 and ended in 1971, remains etched on “The Rock”, recognizing an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.

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