San Francisco Things to Do
Most known for its time as the penitentiary which housed some of America's most notorious criminals like Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and James "Whitey" Bulger, Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay is full of history dating back to the 1800s when it was used as a military reservation under the direction of President Millard Fillmore.
Over the years, the island and its structures transitioned from an extensive military outpost to a federal prison and is now operated under the U.S. National Park Service. Visitors are welcome to explore the island, its features, and history via an educational audio tour.
Tickets must be puchased through Alcatraz Cruises in order to reach the park and often sell out. Alcatraz Cruises runs boats to the island from The Embarcadero every half hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. daily. Get caught up in the fascinating history of The Rock during your next trip to San Francisco and The Metro Hotel.
Driving Directions (about 20 minutes):
Depart Metro Hotel and head east on Oak Street, after 1 mile turn left onto Franklin Street, after 1.4 miles turn right onto Broadway Street, after 1.3 miles turn left onto Sansome Street, after .5 miles you will arrive at Pier 33 on The Embarcadero, look for area pay parking garages.