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Alcatraz Island is an old prison cell located in San Francisco, California. Officially, nobody has ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many peop...

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Book your Alcatraz tickets to explore the infamous prison and enjoy two days of hop-on hop-off access to all of San Francisco.

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Pair your trip to Alcatraz with a guided tour of San Francisco's Chinatown and the Golden Gate Cookie Factory.

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Combine your Alcatraz tickets with a narrated bus tour around San Francisco.

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See Muir Woods and Sausalito on a beautiful half-day tour before visiting the famous Alcatraz Island.

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San Francisco city tour and Escape from the Rock cruise

Experience San Francisco by land and sea with this city tour and Alcatraz cruise.

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San Francisco in a day with Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and bay cruise
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San Francisco in a day with Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and bay cruise

Book your San Francisco tour and visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Nob Hill, North Beach and Ghirardelli Square

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San Francisco 2-day hop on hop off city and night tour

Enjoy beautiful views from an open-top bus with the 48-hour hop-on hop-off City Tour during the day and the San Francisco Night Tour in the evening hours.

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Escape from the Rock boat tour

Sail around Alcatraz and learn about this infamous island on the Escape the Rock boat tour!

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Night tour of Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf with sourdough tasting
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Experience Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf after nightfall and enjoy samples of freshly baked sourdough bread from Boudin Bakery.

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The inside story

Alcatraz Island is an old prison cell located in San Francisco, California. Officially, nobody has ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many people believe that Frank Lee Morris – a lifetime criminal – achieved the impossible in 1962 after two years as a prisoner there. His amazing story was made into the famous 1979 Clint Eastwood movie, Escape from Alcatraz.

Morris had already escaped from a number of prisons when he arrived on The Rock in 1960. With a few other convicts, he began to collect materials to make tools that would be used to dig into the prison’s ventilation system. The group also fabricated rafts from raincoats, lifelike dummies, and even an electric drill from a vacuum cleaner motor.

On the day of the escape, Morris’s group emerged from a vent on the roof and climbed down a pipe. They were never seen again. Some say that the men drowned in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, although no bodies were definitively identified. A ship did report seeing a corpse wearing prison-style clothing, but this emerged only months later and the FBI concluded that the escape attempt had failed.

Book your Alcatraz Island tickets and discover the different mysteries and myths of the old prison cells. Start your day off with a guided tour in the beautiful city of San Francisco and hop aboard the ferry to head over to The Rock.

After visiting the prison cells and learning about the history of the island, take a stroll in the gardens on the island where you can admire the many species of birds, a perfect way to complete your Alcatraz tour before heading back to the mainland!

The island is open to the public all year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The ferry departs every half hour starting at 8:45 am from Piers 31-33, with the latest return from Alcatraz at 4:40 pm, unless you're doing the night tour.

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