Welcome to The Rock! Alcatraz Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations within San Francisco, and was once home to those sentenced to a life behind bars.
It's a day out of history for families, giving you an incredible once in a lifetime experience within one of the most famous federal penitentiaries in the entire USA.
Alcatraz Island actually features the first lighthouse and US fort ever to be built on the US West Coast. Long off limits to the public, it opened it's door to allow families just like to you explore it's secrets and stories.
The journey to Alcatraz Island is adventure in itself, with the ferry being the only way you can cross over. Once on the island, you can explore at your own pace, which is perfect for kids!
The National Park Service has a number of free programs that you can join throughout the day, that cover topics such as natural history, the American Indian occupation, the military history, and of course those infamous escapes.
The ferry departs about every half hour, so you can head back when you like! Don't miss the cellhouse audio tour, where kids can hear stories of those who once called The Rock home, and the history of the people, and the island itself.
In addition to the prison itself, there is actually a beautiful and natural side to the island, with gardens, bird colonies, tide pools and incredible bay views.
An amazing day out in one of the most iconic places to visit in the USA!
From $24.40 (Ages 5 to 11)
Read up about some of the history before you go, it will make your experience so much more fascinating!
There is food service on the ferry - there isn't anything on the island itself
Healthy Eating If you want to take a picnic, it's only permitted at the designated space at the dock
Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33 is fully accessible. Speak to staff when you book to double check your situation and if you might need assistance.
Click here for lots more great things to do near you in California
Departure times vary so check the site for details
Year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Jan 1
Other great things to do with kids near to