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Travel Advisory

Fleet Week Air Shows - October 09-11, 2015

Fleet Week Air Shows are taking place in San Francisco from Friday, October 09, 2015 – Sunday, October 11, 2015. Docking naval ships and other events happening along the San Francisco waterfront will draw larger-than-usual crowds around Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing and the surrounding areas.

Traffic volumes are expected to be higher than usual, and parking will also be extremely limited, with some parking facilities charging upwards of $50.00 per day. We strongly recommend that you take public transportation and plan to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled departure or up to two hours prior if you’re driving. Please visit www.511.org for more information on traffic and public transit options.

We are unable to refund or reschedule missed tours due to this event and 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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