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Alcatraz Behind The Scenes Tour

Tunnel Through. Dive Into History.

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Discover areas previously not available to the public. Join a group of 30 people or fewer on a guided adventure to explore clues to the Island’s fascinating past…a tunnel here, an underground jail there and special gardens with stunning views. Stories, artifacts and hidden doorways will satisfy your passion for Alcatraz secrets.

Alcatraz Behind The Scenes Tour

Pricing & Information

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* Prices subject to change without notice

Tickets Include

  • Round-trip ferry ride to Alcatraz Island
  • Intimate two (2) hour guided Behind The Scenes tour with 30 or fewer guests
  • After guided tour, join other visitors on the Alcatraz Night Tour program:
    • Award-winning Cellhouse audio tour
    • Optional programs and exhibits
    • Docent guided tours and talks
Available Tuesday – Saturday

A very helpful FAQ page is found here to help!

The tour departures from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing will be the last two departure times of the day and visitors can return on either of the scheduled night boats found here: Departure and Return schedules.

It is recommended that you arrive at least one half hour prior to your departure time.

Please note: The two (2) hour guided portion of your tour is available only in English. Once you reach the Cellhouse portion of the tour, you may choose the audio tour in one of the 11 offered languages.

Please note: The roads and walkways on Alcatraz are steep. The distance from the dock to the Cellhouse is approximately 1/4 mile (.4km) and the elevation change is 130 feet (40 meters), the equivalent of walking up a 13-story building. The roads and walkways are wide with several places to stop along the way to rest and take in the breathtaking views. Comfortable athletic or walking shoes are strongly recommended. If you have mobility concerns, please see our Sustainable Easy Access Transport (S.E.A.T.) Tram information.

Programs Offered

For Alcatraz Behind The Scenes Tours

Experience the many moods of Alcatraz Island with an evening visit. Enjoy the beauty of a sunset silhouetting the Golden Gate Bridge and hear compelling stories about the Island’s history and residents. Evening talks may include topics such as the life of a colorful inmate, books authored by former residents, sports enjoyed on “The Rock” and notorious and not so notorious escape attempts.

The Alcatraz Behind The Scenes Tour includes all the Night Tour activities, plus additional guided tour opportunities that take you further into hidden rooms, passageways, and underground cells of an Alcatraz Island long forgotten.

The Alcatraz Night Tour is a unique program limited to just a few hundred visitors per evening. It includes special programs, tours and activities not offered during the day. Be sure to check out the visiting and permanent exhibits during your visit to Alcatraz Island.

Please note: Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the Alcatraz Behind The Scenes Tour. Please do not purchase tickets for children under the age of 12 for this tour as they will not be able to board the vessels for the tour and refunds will not be available.

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Cellhouse Audio Tour Included

“Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”

Tour the Cellhouse at your own pace with the award-winning audio presentation “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”. Stop to picture yourself in a dark solitary confinement cell, hear the stories of life inside from former inmates, and feel the intensity of a prison breakout from correctional officers who lived and worked on the Island.

No one can tell the Alcatraz tale quite like the men who lived it. Hear both sides of life in the Island prison including such famous events as escape attempts, “The Battle of ’46”, “Food Riots”, and “Surviving Solitary Confinement”.

The Cellhouse audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Please note: Audio tour refunds are available for Alcatraz Day Tours only. There are no audio tour refunds available for Alcatraz Behind The Scenes or Alcatraz Night Tours.

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