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Alcatraz Ticket & Duck Tour in San Francisco - BEFORE MARCH 11
Splash down and visit the Rock
Travel on land and water in an amphibious vehicle crafted from the WWII DUKW. Ride through San Francisco's historic streets and neighborhoods. The splash down into the bay and cruise McCovey Cove. Then cruise to Alcatraz Island via ferry for a memorable visit to the infamous and notorious prison.
Quack along with the Captain as he en-tour-tains you with stories of past and present. Drive the duck if you want! The only duck tour in San Francisco with the famous Wacky Quakers. Everyone will have fun on this sightseeing tour of San Francisco.
Then you're off to Alcatraz Island for an orientation video with historical footage, self-guided walks, exhibits and Ranger-interpretive talks on topics such as "Famous Escapes." Also featured is an award-winning audio tour in the prison cell house with actual interviews of former guards and inmates. Alcatraz is the infamous and notorious prison which home to the likes of Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelley, and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud.
You will need to keep your camera ready as you see spectacular views of the city skyline and the Bay Bridge from the water. You're promise lots of fun and laughs for the whole family.
**No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to tour Alcatraz Island without the accompaniment of an adult. An adult must be present with minors at all times while on Alcatraz Island.
Your trip to Alcatraz departs on a ferry from Pier 33. The ferry across the San Francisco Bay takes about 10 minutes. Alcatraz Island is a 25-acre island located just 1 1/4-miles from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Upon arrival, a National Park Ranger will provide a brief welcome and orientation. You are then free to explore the island and the prison at your own pace. We recommend that you stop at the theatre to see the Alcatraz video following the orientation. The video provides an excellent overview of what you will see. The 35-minute audio headset tour of the Alcatraz cell block is a real highlight. This tour is available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. During the tour, you will hear stories from former inmates and prison guards as you walk through the cellblock. After the Cell Block tour, there is time to see all the sites around the island and visit the Alcatraz museum and bookshop.
To reach the Cell House, you walk from the wharf up the steep hill on the old service road. The Cell House is at the top of the island. Along the way, you can stop and visit exhibits, see a variety of buildings that were used for various prison uses, and enjoy the views. Access: SEAT (Sustainable Easy Access Transport), is available for wheelchair users and visitors with a mobility need who are unable to walk up the quarter mile, 12% grade hill. Another option is to walk along the Agave Trail. The trail begins near the ferryboat landing on the east side of Alcatraz Island and continues to the southern tip of the island. The Agave Trail passes through a protected bird sanctuary and features beautiful plants and flowers. This trail offers fabulous views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Be sure to bring a camera because you will definitely want to remember your tour to the Rock!
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Other Alcatraz Tours Available
We have several different tours that include a tour to Alcatraz. For more information, please click on one of the following links:
The weather in San Francisco and at Alcatraz can change suddenly. It can be cold and foggy one morning and sunny that afternoon. Be prepared, and dress in layers. Fog is common from June through September; temperatures may range from 38 degrees F (3 degress C) to 75 degrees G (24 degrees C).
On-street parking can be difficult to find, and parking spaces usually have a two-hour maximum time limit, which doesn't work for this tour. There are numerous commercial lots. Please arrive early to find a parking space, exchange your E-Ticket Receipt for the boarding tickets, and wait in line for boarding.
What to Wear
Be prepared, and dress in layers. We suggest comfortable walking shoes with grip-type soles. It is an outdoor, uphill walk to the prison. Sunglasses and sun screen are recommended.
Food and Beverage
There is no food service on Alcatraz. Eating is restricted to the dock area. Snacks are sold on the ferries. Drinking fountains are located at the island dock and near the lighthouse.
Alcatraz Tour Cancellation Policy & Terms
IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION
This tour does not include hotel pick up. Alcatraz Tours depart from Pier 33. Ticket confirmations are sent 10 to 30 days prior to your tour. If your order is less than 10 days prior, we will make every effort to send your ticket confirmation within 72 hours from receipt of your order. Alcatraz tour times are subject to change. If times change you will be rescheduled on the nearest scheduled time closest to your preferred time. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free, but they do not receive audio headsets and require a ticket for the Duck tour so be sure to enter how many infants will be included on the order form. Alcatraz asks that you arrive one hour prior to your departure time. Please reserve online. Call 800-410-8233 for more information.
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