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Travel Advisory

Super Bowl 50 Events - January 23, 2016 – February 12, 2016

Super Bowl 50 will be hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday, February 07, 2016.  Although, the game will be held south of San Francisco at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, several events leading up to the big game will be held in San Francisco from Saturday, January 23 – Friday, February 12, 2016. These events will make it very challenging to navigate the waterfront and the streets surrounding Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing – the departure point for your Alcatraz Island tour.

Please visit the SFMTA website, www.511.org and download this informational brochure, for more information on traffic and public transit on those dates, including the affected streets and detours. Please plan on arriving at least one hour prior to your scheduled departure if you are taking public transportation, or up to two hours prior to your departure if you are driving. Parking will also be extremely limited, with some parking facilities charging up to $50.00 per day.

We are unable to refund or reschedule missed tours due to these events so please plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

Beauty. History. Infamy.

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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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