Alcatraz IslandAt various points in time Alcatraz Island has been a lighthouse station, Civil War era fort and its most famous role as a prison from the 1930s through the 1960s. As a penitentiary, Alcatraz developed the nickname "The Rock," for its nearly impenetrable infrastructure.
Over the years famous inmates included Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly among other notorious criminals. From 1969 to 1971, a group of Native Americans representing "Indians of All Tribes" occupied the then "abandoned" island until the government forcibly removed them. In 1972, The Rock became a Federal Recreation Area.
Alcatraz Tour -Enjoy breathtaking bay views when you book an Alcatraz Island tour from Pier 33 at the Embarcadero. An Alcatraz Cruise tour is one of the best ways to take in the San Francisco skyline, plus a chance to see the famed prison. Alcatraz tickets include the San Francisco Bay cruise, as well as prison tour.
The Alcatraz Island tours are popular tours so it pays to reserve in advance. Pick up Alcatraz tours on The Embarcadero near the intersection of Bay Street in San Francisco.