Alcatraz Island seen from an Alcatraz Cruises boat.

Escape to Alcatraz

Escape to Alcatraz


Here's your chance to experience Alcatraz Island without the crowds. 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! 

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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!

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

Safety is our top priority on Alcatraz Island. To allow for social distancing, boats are running at reduced 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. Access to the interior of the Cellhouse will be limited to visitors who sign up for the Parks Conservancy's award-winning audio tour, "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour." 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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