Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
The historic and notorious Alcatraz penitentiary, located on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, makes for a thoroughly interesting outing. The prison operated for almost thirty years, closing in 1963 and re-opening as a tourist attraction in 1973. While it operated it was known for housing some of America's most infamous prisoners, including Al Capone and the "Birdman" who would later formed the basis for the fictional movie The Birdman of Alcatraz.
Alcatraz Island Map
Official site: www.nps.gov/alca/
Address: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, Building 201, San Francisco, CA 94123, United States
Opening hours: Mar 22 to Oct 24:
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Family $79.00, Adult $26.00, Child 17 & under $26.00, Senior over 62 $24.50, Child 11 & under $16.00
Useful tips: These rates include the round trip ferry and audio tour. Closing times refer to the last ferry departure. No food service is available. There is a picnic area at the dock and food, drinks and smoking are only allowed on the dock. As the island is frequently shrouded in mist and the wind is almost always strong, visitors are recommended to wear warm clothes. Book tickets 2-4 weeks in advance May to September; 2 days advance for the rest of the year. Orders can be taken over the phone for a $2 fee.
Guides: Audio-visual presentations available. Guided tour included with admission. Interpretive sessions sometimes available.
Facilities: Gift shop
Transit: Pier 41 (Fisherman's Wharf)
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