Popular Sightseeing Tour Returns To One-Time Famous Prison
Alcatraz Tours, one of the most popular sightseeing activities in a city full of sights to see, is back open after the U.S. government shutdown.
Many people do not realize that Alcatraz Island is a national park. So when the government shuts down so, too, does the famous one-time prison in San Francisco Bay. Now, however, the boats – and the tourists – are back on Alcatraz.
Tours are booked through Alcatraz Cruises, the official concessioner to the National Park Service and the only operator that goes onto the island. It is highly recommended to reserve tickets ahead of time, as this tour is so popular it often sells out days or even weeks in advance.
There are five tour options: the Early Bird Tour, the Day Tour, the Night Tour, the Behind-The-Scenes Tour and the Alcatraz/Angel Island Combo Tour. Details of each are on the Alcatraz Cruises website.
Ticket prices for the day tour are $38.35, and $45.50 for the night tour. Departure times vary by the fall/winter and spring/summer season, but know most of the day tour departures take place before Noon. Group ticket pricing is also available.
The Alctraz Cruises departs from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, a quarter mile from Fisherman’s Wharf.
Phone: (415) 981-7625.