Visit the Alcatraz Historic Gardens

Gardens at Alcatraz

Getting to the Island

Alcatraz Island is open to visitors every day year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Although there is not an entrance fee, there is a charge for the ferry service, supplied by a private company under contract to the National Park Service. For additional information on schedules, prices, parking, and to purchase tickets in advance (tickets are made available about 90 days in advance) please visit the Alcatraz City Cruises website. Alcatraz frequently sells out, as much as a week in advance, in summer and near holidays.

When to Visit

The best time to visit the Alcatraz Historic Gardens is from January to September, and especially in the spring. The gardens are open for viewing, however, all year round. The weather can be unpredictable so be prepared for wind, cold, or rain.

A self-guided garden tour brochure is available for purchase in the island's bookstores.

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