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Travel Advisory

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 4th of July Events

There will be a number of 4th of July celebrations and festivities around San Francisco that will cause heavy traffic in the streets leading to Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing. We strongly recommend that you take public transportation and plan to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled departure 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 lots and garages typically fill up early in the morning on July 4th. Parking can also be expensive, with many lots charging up to $40 or more per day. If at all possible, we strongly suggest taking public transportation. Please visit www.511.org  for more information on traffic and public transit.

We are unable to refund or reschedule missed tours due to these events. 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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