Sights to See

Alcatraz Island

One of the most popular islands in the San Francisco Bay for tourists and locals alike, offers a close-up look of the Alcatraz prison long off-limits to the public.

More than the Hollywood version

Although it is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons, Alcatraz Island has a long and varied history:

  • The first lighthouse on the West Coast 
  • The infamous federal prison 
  • Civil War fortress
  • American Indian Red Power movement
  • Bird Sanctuary and Garden Conservatory


You can learn about the true history of "The Rock" in a variety of ways; either take a tour with a park guide, a self paced audio tour, wander around on your schedule, or take a fast selling Alcatraz night tour. The popular Cellhouse audio tour is offered in multiple languages and includes stories about famous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud. On top of special exhibits and events, the tours offer up a chance to learn about the island's rich past. Just moments from the embarcadero, Park Central is your San Francisco hotel near alcatraz. 

*Daily visitors are limited. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged to ensure guests are able to tour this historic site.

Contact our concierge for tickets or call 415-543-8268.