Alcatraz is an islet located in San Francisco Bay, famous for having once been a maximum security prison and on which major films have been shot.
visit Alcatraz prison you have to go to San Francisco bay from where ferries to Alcatraz leave every day (except on some holidays).
Currently this prison, also known as The Rock, is an important natural park, where many marine animals live.
Alcatraz was a maximum security prison from 1934 to 1963 when it was closed forever because its maintenance was too expensive. Among the most famous "guests" of this maximum security prison we find Al Capone.
They were also legendary the escapes by sea of some prisoners. Although due to the distance between Alcatraz and San Francisco, and the cold waters of the Pacific in that area, many believe it is unlikely that they made it to the coast.
The visit takes place with audio guides which describe the stories of each cell. Also very interesting is the visit of the library, the dining room, the basement, the courtyard and Block D, the place where prisoners with misconduct were brought and punished.
È advisable to take the first ferries leaving to find the calmer waters of the bay and have more time for the visit.
How to get to Alcatraz?
To get to Alcatraz is possible only through the ferry which departs from Pier 33 at Fisherman Wharf a San Francisco.
Departures take place approx every half an hour and duration of the trip by ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz is approximately 15 minutes.
Days - hours of visits to Alcatraz
The visit is possible every day, except on the following days: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and January 1st.
Le departures from the port they take place at the following times: 08:45, 09:10, 09:30, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:10 , 14:40, 15:20, 15:50.
Il return by ferry from Alcatraz at the following times: 09:25, 09:55, 10:25, 10:55, 11:25, 11:55, 12:25, 12:55, 13:25, 13:55, 14 : 35, 15:15, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:15, 17:55, 18:30.
Alcatraz ferry fares
The price for the adults (ages 12 to 61) is $ 38.00
The price reserved for the senior (61 years of age and up) is $ 35.75
The price for the children (5 to 11 years) is $ 23.25
Children from 0 to 4 years travel for free
Official site for reservations:www.alcatrazcruises.com