Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge Cruise
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Enjoy an amazing historical tour by taking the Alcatraz ferry to the most infamous prison in the United States… Alcatraz! Experience the incredible stories first hand within the jail walls by listening to the audio guided tour of Alcatraz prison narrated by its ex-prisoners!
Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al “Scarface” Capone, and the “Birdman” Robert Stroud helped to establish the island’s notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world’s most legendary prisons. Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.
Come experience the beauty and history of San Francisco and the infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay. You’ll be astounded all day by what you will learn and see at Alcatraz.
Next… take the Original Bay Cruise! Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, this cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for 70 years. Sail along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and closely around notorious Alcatraz Island. On route, discover San Francisco’s history and world famous landmarks through personal headphone audio.
The Cellhouse Audio Tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
During the cruise, frequent wildlife encounters include seagulls, pelicans and sea lions. At times, you may see even dolphins and whales. So be alert!Departing from Pier 43 ½ in the heart of Historic Fisherman’s Wharf, sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime National Park, and numerous other exciting sights. As you head west towards the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason and the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake.
Next, enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio—both former army installations—that are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot span of the 746-foot tall Golden Gate Bridge.
As you steam back into the Bay, travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, once home to the 1960s’ flower generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left, slowly cruise around the infamous Island of Alcatraz. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower. After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 welcome you back to Pier 43 ½, where you can visit two National Historic Landmarks, the WWII submarine USS Pampanito and merchant vessel USS Jeremiah O’Brien. A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise (including logo wear) at reasonable prices is available on board. Valued at $33 for adults, Seniors $31.25 or Children $20.50; you’ll be astounded all day by what you will learn and see at Alcatraz and what you will see on the San Francisco Bay Cruise!
Alcatraz Tour Details:
• The Official Alcatraz ferry ride to and from the prison from Pier 33.
• The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour is an audio guided presentation within the actual prison walls of Alcatraz.
• The audio guided tour features actual correctional officers and prisoners who lived and worked at Alcatraz.
The Cellhouse Audio Tour is available in: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean.
You may stay as long as you please at Alcatraz as the ferries come around every half hour to pick people up and return them to shore.
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time.
Plan for 2–2.5 hours for your visit to Alcatraz.
Bay Cruise Details:
Your Bay Cruise voucher will be valid for use any day from 9:00am to 3:15pm. Bay Cruise vouchers are valid for a total of 30 days before your Alcatraz tour date and 30 days after your Alcatraz tour date.
Headphone audio in 16 languages.