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Alcatraz Island is an old prison cell located in San Francisco, California. Officially, nobody has ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many peop...

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Combine your Alcatraz tickets with a narrated bus tour around San Francisco.

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Muir Woods and Sausalito tour with Alcatraz tickets

See Muir Woods and Sausalito on a beautiful half-day tour before visiting the famous Alcatraz Island.

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San Francisco city tour and Escape from the Rock cruise
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San Francisco city tour and Escape from the Rock cruise

Experience San Francisco by land and sea with this city tour and Alcatraz cruise.

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Escape from the Rock boat tour
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Escape from the Rock boat tour

Sail around Alcatraz and learn about this infamous island on the Escape the Rock boat tour!

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The inside story

Alcatraz Island is an old prison cell located in San Francisco, California. Officially, nobody has ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many people believe that Frank Lee Morris – a lifetime criminal – achieved the impossible in 1962 after two years as a prisoner there. His amazing story was made into the famous 1979 Clint Eastwood movie, Escape from Alcatraz.

Morris had already escaped from a number of prisons when he arrived on The Rock in 1960. With a few other convicts, he began to collect materials to make tools that would be used to dig into the prison’s ventilation system. The group also fabricated rafts from raincoats, lifelike dummies, and even an electric drill from a vacuum cleaner motor.

On the day of the escape, Morris’s group emerged from a vent on the roof and climbed down a pipe. They were never seen again. Some say that the men drowned in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, although no bodies were definitively identified. A ship did report seeing a corpse wearing prison-style clothing, but this emerged only months later and the FBI concluded that the escape attempt had failed.

Book your Alcatraz Island tickets and discover the different mysteries and myths of the old prison cells. Start your day off with a guided tour in the beautiful city of San Francisco and hop aboard the ferry to head over to The Rock.

After visiting the prison cells and learning about the history of the island, take a stroll in the gardens on the island where you can admire the many species of birds, a perfect way to complete your Alcatraz tour before heading back to the mainland!

The island is open to the public all year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The ferry departs every half hour starting at 8:45 am from Piers 31-33, with the latest return from Alcatraz at 4:40 pm, unless you're doing the night tour.

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