With your Alcatraz Island tours visit “The Rock” which was America’s first maximum-security prison, specifically designed to house the worst of the worst, with inmates deemed unfit for other prisoners were banished to the island. In its time, the notorious island was home to prominent criminal ringleaders and notorious murderers, with Al ‘Scarface’ Capone and the infamous Robert ‘Birdman’ Stroud behind bars here. An inescapable prison, even today the dark history of the prison still resonated with more than 1 million travellers making their way to the offshore prison each year. One of San Francisco’s most unlikely and most popular of tourist attractions, a visit to Alcatraz will stay with you for life.
Wrap up. Be sure to bring a jacket and extra layers on your tours. Even on a nice day, your ferry trip over to the island can be quite chilly.
Catch a film. Stop by the theatre for a short flick on all things Alcatraz. Beyond revealing the dark history of the island, this film explores the island’s future, uncovering the on-site restoration projects currently in the works.
Take some Instagram-worthy snaps. The island offers an incredible vantage point to take in San Francisco city. Head to the old prisoner’s yard on your tour to snap some great scenic shots of the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito beyond.
Good to know
If you’re a summer soul, book your tickets for September and October, which promises warmer weather and sunshine even in the cool cell blocks. For those who don’t mind braving the cold, wind and fog though, head to Alcatraz during the city’s rainy season (in the months of January and February) for a cheaper trip away from the crowds.