Sometimes called "The Rock," Alcatraz is one of those places you shouldn't miss when you're in San Francisco. Only guided tours are allowed on this historical site and can only be reached by ferry. It is located about 2km off the shore of San Francisco which is about 10-15 minutes by ferry.
It was even gloomier and wetter this day but we had already booked our tour for this day months prior so we had to go. We braved the light rain and slight breeze just to get a glimpse of the infamous maximum security prison. I will not go into much detail about the history of the prison and the famous people that were housed here because those can be easily found online. But one thing I will tell you is that you must visit this place when you go to San Francisco. It is a different experience and learning about the stories and events that went on inside is an eye opener.
Alcatraz was already renovated and restored so if you are looking for that rustic, eerie feeling of an old maximum security prison, it won't give you that. I was kinda hoping to feel the "chills" upon alighting from the ferry but I didn't get that. Plus the fact that there were tons of people there too kind of takes away that special feeling you want to get from a historical site. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this tour and listening to the stories on the audio guide was interesting. There was also a book signing at the end of the tour by one of the inmates who had published an autobiography detailing his experience in Alcatraz and the stories that went on inside the island.
If you want to book a tour, you can visit this website: https://www.alcatrazcruises.com/
I suggest you book your tour months ahead (or weeks if months is not possible) of your intended visit because tickets sell like hotcakes. The ticket booth on site don't sell same day tickets because they are more often than not sold out already. Ferry leaves every 30 minutes from Pier 33. First departure from Pier 33 is at 8:45AM and last departure depends on the season. I believe in Summer and Autumn last departure is at night (around 7PM if I remember correctly) for the night tour. This tour is only offered on a seasonal basis. Tour which includes ferry ride to/from Alcatraz, entrance fee and audio guide is $33 per person.
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