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Escape from The Rock: A San Francisco Bay Cruise

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    Approximately 1.5 hours

  • Start time

    May through October: Daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. From June 10th through Aug 18th, an additional cruise will run at 5:00 p.m.

    November through April: Monday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m.; Friday through Sunday: 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

  • Meeting Point

    Pier 39, Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Key Highlights

  • Smartphone vouchers accepted – no need to print!
  • Cruise under Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island!
  • Learn about the island’s history and hear tales about the prison!
  • Connect with your own device and enjoy an informative audio guide!
  • Listen to stories about the prison’s most famous inmates, like Al Capone, The Birdman, and more!
  • Enjoy amazing views of the San Francisco skyline!


Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island while learning the history of America’s most famous prison during Escape from The Rock: A San Francisco Bay Cruise! If you did not manage to secure those exclusive Alcatraz ticket this cruise is widely considered to the best alternative, taking you up close to the famous "Rock" and using the same audio guide available on the Island. 

With your Escape from The Rock: A San Francisco Bay Cruise tickets, you’ll circle the most notorious prison in American history! Enjoy unparalleled views of Alcatraz Island! Cruise right below the iconic Golden Gate Bridge! And, gain a new perspective on the city while enjoying the beauty of the San Francisco skyline from the waters of San Francisco Bay! If you’d like to learn about one of the top San Francisco attractions while motoring around the bay, then Escape from The Rock is one of the best things to do in San Francisco!

Meet your capable Captain and crew at the world-famous Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then, embark on a maritime adventure you won’t soon forget! Learn about the history of Alcatraz Island, its prison, and its most infamous prisoners. Hear stories about legendary criminals, like Al Capone, The Birdman of Alcatraz, and others! Listen in on tales about failed escape attempts and other historical events on the island by connecting your own device and using our highly informative audio guide! It’s one of the most exciting things to do in San Francisco!


  • A 90-minute cruise around the San Francisco Bay with spectacular views of Alcatraz Island
  • Audio guide (please bring a Wi-Fi enabled device to access the tour)
  • Complimentary headphones


  • Stop at Alcatraz Island and admission to Alcatraz

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