Alcatraz Evening Tour
The Night Tour has been selected as Best Tour of the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine and has also been highlighted by the Los Angeles Times, CSAA's Via magazine, Family Fun Magazine, and the television show Bay Area Backroads. It includes both a guide tour of the Island and a self guided audio tour of the cell house.
Rich Weideman is a spokesperson for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. He says, "I tell people always come out first boat in the morning to see Alcatraz before the huge crowds, and I always say come out at night to see what Alcatraz is like in the evening, and watch the lights of the city come on and the sunset behind the Golden Gate, which can be quite spectacular."
Folks can wander through the cell blocks... and even into some of the cells. while outside, the sun sets. You can't help but imagine convicts looking out at this million dollar view... a spectacular vision of beauty, and, at the same time, a brutal reminder of their incarceration.
Visitors can tour places such as the hospital... where you'll find not only the old operating room and the x-ray room... but the cell of Robert Stroud, the infamous Bird Man of Alcatraz. Just down the hall from Stroud's cell is what they called the Psycho Ward.
Most people spend about an hour and half on the island, making the total tour time from Fisherman’s wharf 2 or 2-1/2 hours. Ferries return any 1/2 hour. You can stay on the island as long as you wish.
"A lotta people say that the hospital is the creepiest, spookiest place on all of Alcatraz," says Kate Kennelly, who manages the interpretive programs for the Golden Gate National Parks Association. She leads her own special limited admission program, looking at Alcatraz from the guards' perspective. Kate takes people up a ladder and through a narrow passageway to the gun gallery... where you really get a sense that the guards were as much prisoners here as were the convicts.
There are about thirty different special programs altogether - five to ten are offered on any given night. Kate says that means we just have to keep coming back
Rich says the combination of all these fascinating stories. and hearing them here at night. really connects people to The Rock.
He says, "It's like going back in time. You can almost imagine what the prison was like in operation at night, 'cause you don't see the crumbling concrete and all the ivy growing over the walls, and what you do is you feel more of Alcatraz, you feel more of the isolation at night." It's a feeling that's well worth experiencing. as long as
you can leave when it's over!
We provide a booking service for purchasing Alcatraz tickets. The prices shown on this page includes our $10 booking fee. The tickets will be purchased in your name. You will pickup your tickets at the pre-paid window at Pier 33. In either case, you will need the credit card you used to purchase the tickets or a picture id as your identification.
We provide a booking service for purchasing Alcatraz tickets. The prices shown on this page includes the booking fee. The tickets will be purchased in your name. You will pickup your tickets at the pre-paid window at Pier 33. In either case, you will need the credit card you used to purchase the tickets or a picture id as your identification.
We update our inventory daily, but cannot guarantee availability.
No food or drinks on allowed on Alcatraz Island.
Alcatraz Island is managed by the National Park Service.
(5 to 11)
Tours depart at 4:20 pm in the winter, at 4:20 and 5:10 in the spring and fall, at 6:20 and 7:05pm in the Summer.
Fisherman Wharf Pier 33
Duration: 2 to 2 1/2 hours
Ferries return every 3/4 hour. Most people spend 2 hours on the tour.
Includes Hotel Pickup: No
Tour Includes Meals: No Operates:
All year, every day except major holidays such as Christmas and New Years.
Dress:About the tour operator:
Casual. Alcatraz tends to be foggy in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. Wear layered clothing.
Ticket for this tour are booked through SF Audio Tours. Their service fee is $10 per ticket. Prices shown on this page include their booking fee.
All sales are final. No refunds, exchanges or cancellations. You can not change the date of time of the tour once it is booked.
Tickets & Confirmation:
Immediately after submitting your reservation, your receipt will be displayed. The receipt will contain the tour operator's contact information and your reservation number. Within 24 hours of booking you will receive a confirmation notice if your tour is schedual within the next 60 days. If you are booking more than 60 days in advance, you will receive your notice 60 days before the tour. You will need to present the confirmation number to the tour operator on the day of your activity.