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Visitor Advisory

September 15 - 25, 2014

Alcatraz Cruises is undergoing an improvement project at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing from September 15 - 25, 2014.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns about your tour, please call 415-981-ROCK (7625).

Thank you for understanding and enjoy your visit to Alcatraz Island.

September 24-28, 2014

News media and photographers will be filming on Alcatraz Island from September 24-28. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 415-981-ROCK (7625).

Beauty. History. Infamy.

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How to get the most out of your trip to Alcatraz Island.

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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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As the nation’s first hybrid ferry, the eco friendly vessel is powered largely by solar panels, wind turbines, and grid electricity. Carpet, countertops, and fixtures incorporate recycled and sustainable materials. Learn more about the Hornblower Hybrid.

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