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Behind the Scenes Tour

Discover areas previously not available to the public!  Join a group of 30 people or fewer on a Ranger-guided adventure to explore clues to the Island’s fascinating past...a tunnel here, an underground jail there, and special gardens with stunning views.  Stories, artifacts, and hidden doorways will satisfy your passion for Alcatraz secrets!

Continue your comprehensive Alcatraz Island experience by taking the Cellhouse audio tour at your own pace, with the award winning audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”.  Stop to picture yourself in a dark solitary confinement cell, hear the stories of life inside from real prisoners, and feel the intensity of a prison breakout from correctional officers who lived and worked on the Island.

For more insights, take advantage of special Park Programs during the course of the evening tour and enjoy breathtaking sunset and city lights of San Francisco as night falls.
Available Thursday - Monday

PLEASE NOTE:
This is a physically strenuous tour that lasts 5 hours.
All participants must be 12 years of age or older due to the lengthy duration of the Behind the Scenes Tour. FAQ’s for Behind the Scenes Tour

PRICES*
Adult (18-61): $89.25 | Junior (12-17): $85.25 | Senior (62+) $83.25 | CHILDREN UNDER AGE 12 ARE NOT ACCOMMODATED ON THIS TOUR
* Prices subject to change without notice.

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Prices Include:

  • Round-trip Ferry Ride to Alcatraz Island
  • On-board Narration During Round-trip Ferry Ride
  • Exclusive Behind the Scenes Ranger Guided Tour
  • Award-winning Cellhouse Audio Tour   
  • Daily Optional Programs and Exhibits
  • Docent Guided Tours and Talks

It is recommended that you arrive at least one half hour prior to your departure time.  The tour departures from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing will be the last two departure times of the day and guests can return on either of the scheduled night boats.  Departure and Return schedules are listed here.

Evening Programs

Experience the many moods of Alcatraz Island with an evening visit.  Enjoy the beauty of a sunset silhouetting the Golden Gate Bridge and hear compelling stories about the Island’s history and residents.  Evening talks may include topics such as the life of a colorful inmate, books authored by former residents, sports enjoyed on "The Rock" and notorious and not so notorious escape attempts.

The Alcatraz Night Tour is a unique program limited to just a few hundred visitors per evening.  It includes special programs, tours and activities not offered during the day.  Be sure to check out visiting and permanent exhibits during your visit to Alcatraz Island.

The new Behind the Scenes Tour includes all the Night Tour activities, plus additional guided tour opportunities that take you further into hidden rooms, passageways, and underground cells of an Alcatraz Island long forgotten.

Please note: Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the Behind the Scenes Tour.  Please do not purchase tickets for children under the age of 12 for this tour as they will not be able to board the vessels for the tour and refunds will not be available.

Cellhouse Audio Tour Included

Tour the Cellhouse at your own pace with the award-winning audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”.  Stop to picture yourself in a dark solitary confinement cell, hear the stories of life inside from real prisoners, and feel the intensity of a prison breakout from correctional officers who lived and worked on the Island.

No one can tell the Alcatraz tale quite like the men who lived it.  Hear both sides of life in the Island prison including such famous events as escape attempts, "The Battle of '46", "Food Riots", and "Surviving Solitary Confinement".

The Cellhouse audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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