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Alcatraz Tours

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Alcatraz, the former federal prison that once held notorious criminals Scarface Al Capone and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly, is today a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tour the remains of the maximum-security facility on small and windy Alcatraz Island, aptly nicknamed 'The Rock,' to scope out the grounds and cellhouse; hear stories from former inmates; and pass by the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island on your 1.25-mile (2-km) ferry rides in and out.

The Basics
Alcatraz is only accessible by tour, and tickets sell out days (sometimes weeks) in advance. Lock in high-demand tickets by booking a San Francisco city tour that includes admission to the infamous federal penitentiary and a day of sightseeing via bike, bus, boat, or Segway. City tours typically cover highlights such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, North Beach, the Presidio, and the Ferry Building, while other booking options combine a hard-to-snag Alcatraz tour with a cable car ride, a bay cruise to Sausalito, or a multi-day adventure into the Marin headlands, wine country, or Muir Woods.

Once on the island, visitors can explore at their own pace with the self-guided cellhouse audio tour (included in admission). You'll also find National Park Service exhibits, video presentations, docent- and ranger-led guided tours, and special programs that vary by season. Allow about 2.5 hours for the full Alcatraz prison experience, including both 15-minute ferry rides.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Alcatraz tickets include round-trip ferry transportation (take note of the assigned departure time printed on your ferry ticket). You can take any ferry back to the city, available every half hour or so.
  • Bring a camera and a coat for the chilly but beautiful ferry rides.
  • You'll find a few snacks offered on the ferry and water available on the island.
  • The walk to the prison from the ferry dock is steep and hilly; an electric shuttle departs from the dock twice an hour for visitors requiring assistance. While wheelchairs are not provided or loaned at the prison, the cellhouse does have elevators.
How to Get to Alcatraz
All Alcatraz Island tours depart via ferry from Pier 33 near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. There are several parking garages in the area with rates from $25 to $50 per day, but prices typically double during special events, so consider taking public transportation. Multiple Muni lines run through the area, including the F-Line trolley. To arrive in style, consider booking a Viator VIP experience aboard an exclusive cable car.

When to Get to Alcatraz
Alcatraz cruises depart every half hour between 9am and 4pm. The early-bird trip departs at 8:45am, while the limited Alcatraz night tour allows visitors to stay on the grounds until 9:25pm and includes both live boat narration and a guided walk from the dock to the prison. Alcatraz tickets are hardest to come by in spring and summer.
Address: Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California 94123, USA
Hours: Multiple departure times available
Admission: Varies
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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City TourDay Cruises

Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this 2-in-1 tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy a coach tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Alcatraz Tour with Relaxed LunchCity Packages

Alcatraz Tour with Relaxed Lunch

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Guarantee your visit to Alcatraz when you book in advance. In addition to an organized departure time, your package also includes admission to the prison, along with an award-winning audio guide. Relax aboard your ferry transportation and return at a time of your choosing. Afterward, use your food voucher at a preselected restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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  • 3 to 5 hours

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day TripDay Trips

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

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Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing TourDay Cruises

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. Head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
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  • 7 hours
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay CruiseDay Cruises

Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

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Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.
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  • 6 hours
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Alcatraz and One Day Bike RentalMountain Bike Tours

Alcatraz and One Day Bike Rental

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Get two classic San Francisco experiences—a bike ride starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz—in one combined tour package. Take a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you can explore at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Use the flexible 1-day bike rental on the day of your choosing and enjoy a safe ride with a helmet included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz - Includes Official Alcatraz TourAttraction Tickets

San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz - Includes Official Alcatraz Tour

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Enjoy San Francisco’s main highlights without worrying about the logistics on this 2-for-1 tour. Start your day at one of the most notorious prisons, Alcatraz, and take a self-guided audio tour. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of city neighborhoods including Chinatown, North Beach to see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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Alcatraz with Bay CruiseAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz with Bay Cruise

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You will explore the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island with America’s most ruthless criminals including Al Capone. The ferry will leave on time at your specific time scheduled. You have to be 30 minutes before departure time at Pier 33. Walk, bike, ride public transportation, or drive (as a last resort)…easy access from anywhere around the Bay! When you are on the Island, follow the Cellhouse audio tour “Doing Time” (45 min) available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. With that you have another ticket for an amazing SF Bay Cruise Adventure of 60min. You can use the SF Bay Cruise any day at any departure every 40-60min from 10am to 6pm. Sail past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. Please contact us if you have any question or special requests.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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  • 2 to 4 hours

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with AlcatrazAttraction Tickets

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking TourCity Packages

Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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If you're looking to see the sights on San Francisco's waterfront—but you don't have hours to tour the city—this quick walking tour is the perfect fit. Follow your guide to top attractions including Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. History fans enjoy a quick look at the cable cars, and the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine. To make the most of your day, upgrade with Alcatraz tickets to see San Francisco's infamous former prison.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with AlcatrazDay Trips

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations in the city, including Castro, Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf, and Twin Peaks, with plenty of stops for photo ops. Then take the ferry to Alcatraz Island where you can explore with an award-winning audio-guided tour of the former federal prison.
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  • 10 hours
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Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Fortune Cookie Factory City Packages

Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Fortune Cookie Factory

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This tour of Alcatraz and Chinatown lets you explore two quintessential San Francisco attractions without worrying about complicated travel logistics. Ideal for busy travelers who want to fit in the top sites without spending time booking tickets and arranging details, this tour includes pre-booked ferry and cable car tickets, plus a walking tour of Chinatown.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Dungeon and Madame TussaudsAttraction Tickets

3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussauds

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Visit three of San Francisco’s best attractions on the same day; this combo pass includes ferry transport to Alcatraz Island and access to the island itself, admission to the world-famous Madame Tussauds wax museum plus The San Francisco Dungeon. The San Francisco Dungeon is a unique and immersive theatrical attraction that brings to life the dark history of San Francisco. Marvel at stunningly lifelike figures of athletes, celebrities and politicians at the wax museum including famous San Franciscans. Finally, catch a ferry from Alcatraz Landing across San Francisco Bay to ‘The Rock’ where you can explore the prison cells that once held America’s most-wanted criminals during a self-guided audio tour.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz TourAttraction Tickets

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

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Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Combo TourAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Combo Tour

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Explore Alcatraz and sip some of San Francisco's tasty craft brews on this full-day combination tour. Visit Alcatraz, the city's infamous prison, to learn about the fascinating criminal history contained there. After returning to the mainland, follow your guide to local bars in the Fisherman's Wharf, Mission District, or SoMa neighborhoods (depends on the day) and taste some of the city's locally produced craft beers.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Alcatraz Island Tour - Package DealCity Packages

Alcatraz Island Tour - Package Deal

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Combine a full-day bike rental with tickets to Alcatraz in a single package. Head out to Alcatraz on the ferry with your prepaid ticket; buying in advance avoids sold-out days or times, which are frequent. Tour the island with your included 3-hour audio tour, then head back to San Francisco where you can explore further on your own via bicycle.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike TourAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco with this 2-day combo: a guided bike tour plus admission to Alcatraz Island. Venture to the infamous prison in the afternoon to hear audio commentary about former inmates like Al Capone. On the prior day, cycle along the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito via the car-free national park bike path. Your tour includes a full-day bonus bike rental.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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  • 3 to 6 hours

San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz TourAttraction Tickets

San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

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Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this half-day urban adventure. With your small group, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
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  • 7 hours
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Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San FranciscoAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

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Visit Alcatraz and go on a beer-themed cycling tour through some of the city's hippest neighborhoods. This full-day excursion combines San Francisco's history; a ferry ride to Alcatraz and an audio tour of 'The Rock', with its modern craft brewing scene; a bike tour of the city's breweries and bars. With a local guide and a small group limited to 12 people or less, you'll enjoy personalized attention. Use of a bike and helmet is included, as well as one pint of craft beer.
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  • 8 hours
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay CruiseDay Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito TourDay Trips

Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

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Combine three of the Bay Area's top attractions—Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, and Sausalito—in a single tour from San Francisco. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a luxury tour van, which includes a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, allowing you to focus on the scenery instead of driving and directions. Your Alcatraz admission includes the ferry ride and the audio tour, and independent travelers will love the free time to explore both Muir Woods and Sausalito.
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  • 7 hours
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran CruiseDay Cruises

San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

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Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter TourCity Packages

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz and ATT Ballpark Behind The Scenes Access Tour with lunch credit!Attraction Tickets

Alcatraz and ATT Ballpark Behind The Scenes Access Tour with lunch credit!

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Combine a behind-the -scenes tour of AT&T Park—home of the San Francisco Giants—with a tour of Alcatraz Island for a full day of San Francisco sightseeing. Not only does this tour do the work of booking notoriously hard-to-get Alcatraz tickets for you, but it also includes a VIP experience in the parts of the ballpark that most visitors never get to see.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Alcatraz hours of operation?
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Alcatraz hours of operation: Multiple departure times available. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Alcatraz?