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Alcatraz Island
Pier 41
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 561-4900
(415) 705-1050 (fax)
Park Description
Out in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, the island of Alcatraz is a world unto itself. Isolation, one of the constants of island life for any inhabitant - soldier, guard, prisoner, bird or plant - is a recurrent theme in the unfolding history of Alcatraz. Alcatraz Island is one of Golden Gate National Recreation Area"s most popular destinations, offering a close-up look at a historic and infamous federal prison long off-limits to the public. Visitors to the island can not only explore the remnants of the prison, but learn about the Native American occupation of 1969 - 1971, early military fortifications and the West Coast"s first (and oldest operating) lighthouse. The island features many natural features as well - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare

Hours of Operation: The hours of operation vary with the season - departures via Blue & Gold Fleet (Pier 41, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco) are available throughout the day beginning at 9:30am. Evening tours and combined Angel Island -Alcatraz Island tours are also available. Alcatraz is open every day except Christmas and New Year day. Alcatraz frequently sells out in advance, as much as a week in advance in summer and near holidays. Tickets can be purchased online at

Fees: There are entry fees for this park
Metro Region: San Francisco, CA
Park Management: Federal

Benches   First Aid   Historical Civil War   Historical Landmark   Historical Native American   Historical Structure   Historical WWII   Museum   Nature Reserve   Ocean   Open Space   Ranger Station   Restrooms   Special Features   Trails, Natural Surface   Trails, Paved   Water Fountain   Wildlife Viewing