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  • Escape From Alcatraz (movie 1979)
  • The Rock (movie 1996)
  • Point Blank (movie 1967)
  • Alcatraz (TV 2012)

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California

The infamous Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It doesn’t have any beaches, but a visit to “The Rock” is still worth the price of admission. In the mid-1800’s this island was Fort Alcatraz a military facility that was part of a three-point defense strategy for San Francisco Bay. Later in 1934 it was converted to Alcatraz Prison, a federal penitentiary. The prison was closed in 1963 and by 1972 it was designated as part of the newly created Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Now it is considered a haunted place.

After getting dropped off by the boat, visitors can roam the island freely. There many old structures, courtyards, a lighthouse, and incredible views including the San Francisco skyline, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge. An audio tour for the inside of the prison is included in the entry fee and is well-done. Even though there are no beaches, Alcatraz still has many reasons to visit. The island is only accessible by tour boat from San Francisco. Alcatraz Cruises has boats leaving daily from Pier 33 at Alcatraz Landing on The Embarcadero.

Address
1398 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
Park Name
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Owner
National Park
Activities
Guided Tours, Walking, Birdwatching, Photography
Amenities
Prison Tour, Bay Cruise, Museum, Bookstore, Restrooms
Pet Policy
No dogs allowed on the island
Fees
Fee includes boat tour, island entrance, and prison audio tour

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