Alcatraz Island seen from an Alcatraz Cruises boat.

Escape to Alcatraz

Escape to Alcatraz


Now's the time! Here's your chance to experience Alcatraz Island without the crowds. On this page, you can learn more about how to safely visit Alcatraz now, the fascinating history of the island, and more about the island's wildlife and culture. We'll see you on Alcatraz—now open for you!

Visitors enjoy Alcatraz Island.
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Alcatraz: Insider tips

Here's why now is the best time to escape to Alcatraz—visit for the stunning views, for history, and the best daytrip in the Bay Area!

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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

Gardens at Alcatraz
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Story behind the gardens

Visiting Alcatraz

Safety is our top priority on Alcatraz Island. To allow for social distancing, boats are running at 20% of normal capacity so there's plenty of room to roam. You'll see enhanced safety measures on the dock and on the island for your peace of mind. Please wear a facemask throughout your visit. You can download the brand-new audio tour “Alcatraz in Times of Change” for a socially-distanced tour around the island. The only source of tickets is via Alcatraz 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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