Alcatraz Island seen from an Alcatraz Cruises boat.

Escape to Alcatraz

Escape to Alcatraz


Here's your chance to experience the hidden wonders of Alcatraz Island. On this page, you can learn more about how to safely visit Alcatraz, the fascinating history of the island, and more about the island's wildlife and culture. We'll see you on Alcatraz! 

Visitors examine information about incarceration on red and black panels around the new 'Big Lockup' exhibit.
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New on Alcatraz

Here's why now is the best time to escape to Alcatraz—there's lots to check out and some if it is only for a limited time! Check out our insider tips.

alcatraz gardens
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Story behind the gardens

Walking up to the Alcatraz Cellhouse.
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Side-by-side photos two peregrine falcons, male on left and female on right.
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A special pair of falcons

Inside the New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island.
Civil Rights story

Robert Lipscomb's struggle

Visiting Alcatraz

Your Alcatraz ticket gets you access to the Parks Conservancy's award-winning audio tour, "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour. Check out our unique Alcatraz Night Tours and Behind the Scenes Tours. You’ll see hidden areas of the island on small tours led by NPS rangers and historical experts from the Parks Conservancy. The only source of Alcatraz tickets is Alcatraz City Cruises.

Alcatraz at night
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Infamous for its maximum security prison, Alcatraz is also known for remnants of an 1850s military fort, the West Coast's first lighthouse, the birthplace of a Native American movement, an important bird-nesting locale, and the historic Alcatraz Gardens.

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