US Park Info: Alcatraz Island National Monument
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
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 Weather can vary greatly in the middle of San Francisco bay, from dense
fog to high winds. Dress Appropriately.
Operating Hours, Seasons
The hours of operation vary with the season - departures via Blue & Gold Fleet
(Pier 41, Fisherman's Wharf) 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.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Blue and Gold Fleet is the only concession that supplies transportation to Alcatraz Island. Advance
ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Weather & Climate
The weather on Alcatraz can change suddenly, even summer days can be cold and windy. The majority of our rain is in the winter months. Dressing in layers is recommended.
Both the ferry service to Alcatraz and major island facilities are accessable. The SEAT (Sustainable Easy Access Transport) shuttle is available hourly for transport of visitors from the dock to the cellhouse - it is available only for those visitors with a mobility need on a first come first served basis.
None Available on the Island... although Im sure they could arrange a "visit" to a cell.
Self Guided Tours
Enjoy the history of Alcatraz at your own pace with this map and written guide. Pick up the Self Guide brochure in English, Spanish, Italian, Spanish, German or Japanese at the dock for $1.00 per copy.
Join former Alcatraz inmates and correctional officers as they remember life on Alcatraz in this award winning 35-minute recorded tour. Pick up (rent) the tour inside the cellhouse. Available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, and French.
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