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Travel Advisory

The Giant Race - Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Giant Race, sponsored by the San Francisco Giants, is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 2016. There will be street and lane closures on the Embarcadero - the main street along the waterfront - and in the Fisherman's Wharf area that will cause detours and traffic congestion on the streets leading to Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing.

Please plan ahead and review the race street closure list to see the affected streets. We recommend taking public transportation and plan on arriving at least one hour prior to your scheduled departure time to Alcatraz Island, or up to 2 hours prior if you’re driving. Due to the day’s activities, parking around Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing, Fisherman’s Wharf and throughout the waterfront will be extremely limited. Parking can be expensive, with many lots charging up to $50.00 per day. If at all possible, we suggest taking public transportation. Please visit ww.511.org  for more information on traffic and public transit.

We are unable to refund or reschedule missed tours due to this event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. 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, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay. You'll be astounded by what you learn and see.

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