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Hop on a ferry ride across the cold, shark-infested waters of San Francisco Bay to reach Alcatraz Island – the site of the world’s most infamous prison. Once a military fort, “The Rock” was used as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963. It housed dangerous bank robbers and murderers, including some of the most notorious criminals in America: Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert Franklin Stroud (The Birdman of Alcatraz).
Tourists flock to Alcatraz Island National Historic Landmark to uncover its hidden secrets and history – and to enjoy the gardens and beautiful views. Ferries depart every half-hour from San Francisco to make the 1.5-mile journey. Your ferry ticket includes a self-guided cell house audio tour. Special guided experiences are also available, including behind-the-scenes tours and late-night events. Learn about the island’s rich military history, mysterious escapes, and the Native American occupation in the 1960s. Listen closely to discover the secrets of Alcatraz.