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Is Alcatraz sold out for your date? Instead, Join us for the Bay Discovery Cruise!

Join us for the Bay Discovery Cruise! An enchanting sightseeing adventure on the stunning San Francisco Bay! This 90-minute voyage promises an experience filled with iconic San Francisco landmarks.

 

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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Witnessing the Occupation of Alcatraz

Eloy Martinez is a retired contractor in the flooring business. Originally from four corners in Colorado, he grew up in a mining camp in Walsenburg, Colorado and came to California

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Alcatraz Cruises Announces Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Gatherings

The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremonies are annual events held on Alcatraz Island to honor the Indigenous Peoples of America and to promote their rights. Held annually since 1975, the Alcatraz

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Alcatraz Cruises’ Illustrious Night Tour

Alcatraz is mysterious at any time of day, but for those who want a real thrill, check out the Island’s Night Tour, which is particularly curious at night. As the

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Escape to Alcatraz – How to Get to the Island

Although Alcatraz has been closed for over 60 years, it remains a place of intrigue and fascination for over 1.5 million visitors annually. Located off the coast of San Francisco,

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Put the Boom in Berkeley this 4th of July 2024

Berkeley has plenty to offer visitors and locals of all ages. With its home on the San Francisco Bay, summer is a great time to enjoy the city. Mild, cool

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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 the

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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

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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