Alcatraz Island

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123
389 reviews

Make sure to book well in advance, especially in the summer as it sells out. I've only done the night tour and it was great. Such unique history right in the middle of the Bay.

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  • 1
    3.17 mi

    Golden Gate Bridge

    3.17 mi from Alcatraz Island
    851 reviews

    Take a turn on one of the side streets instead of the viewing stop by the bridge. There's street parking and several small lots by the park (Crissy Fields)! Lots of people come to run, bike, BBQ, play with their dogs...I love how each day you get a different view of the bridge...sometimes sunny and clear, sometimes foggy and concealed!

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  • 2
    3.11 mi

    SF MoMA

    3.11 mi from Alcatraz Island
    100 reviews

    We were a little rushed that day and came here with one hour to spare before closing. I really wish I had more time to spend here, it is one of the best MoMA I have ever been. We were welcomed with the calligraphy style drapes hanging in the cylindrical part of the MoMA grants it an antiquated art style. ...

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  • 3
    2.19 mi

    Palace of Fine Arts

    2.19 mi from Alcatraz Island
    148 reviews

    Beautiful landmark in San Francisco of classical romantic architecture and monumental beauty. Great spot for photoshoots and engagement photos.

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  • 4
    4.59 mi

    De Young Museum

    4.59 mi from Alcatraz Island
    86 reviews Free, first Tuesday of every month, otherwise $10 per Adult.

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  • 5
    2.64 mi

    The Walt Disney Family Museum

    2.64 mi from Alcatraz Island
    24 reviews

    Very informative history of Walt Disney and his family. I'm not sure I'd bring children though as most of the exhibits and stations require a lot of reading. Seems that small children would get bored very easily. Great for Disneyphiles! There is also a cafe and store so you can take a break and go back in.

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  • 6
    2.23 mi


    2.23 mi from Alcatraz Island
    98 reviews

    I came here for Exploratorium After Dark with some coworkers. For $15, this is quite the experience! The space is large and there are quite a few things to check out, interact with, and learn about. It was kind of like a many things to look at! It got pretty crowded around 8pm. There's easy access to Pier 15 ...

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  • 7
    2.24 mi

    City Lights Bookstore

    2.24 mi from Alcatraz Island
    30 reviews

    "Where the streets of the world meet the avenues of the mind" a great book store with an incredibly well-sorted poetry selection.

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  • 8
    1.31 mi

    Musée Mécanique

    1.31 mi from Alcatraz Island
    44 reviews

    Why is this not the most famous spot in all San Francisco? It's right by the wharf and full of whimsy. Kids today with their Street Fighters and QBerts could learn a thing or two from these wooden video games.

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  • 9
    1.75 mi

    Lombard Street

    1.75 mi from Alcatraz Island
    213 reviews

    Just drove down and it was awesomee! The view of the city and bay are incredible... Definitely worth it. One of San Franciscos most iconic pieces. If you are driving expect a little traffic, I would walk down it to get the full experience as well.

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  • 10
    3.27 mi

    Asian Art Museum

    3.27 mi from Alcatraz Island
    36 reviews

    For a long time, Asian art really didn't interest me. It wasn't until I came here alone on my birthday once—my daytime gift to myself—for the Shanghai exhibit did I really learn to appreciate it. The museum is partitioned by countries, so you get a good feel for the history of each region. It's rarely crowded, even on free days, ...

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  • 11
    4.69 mi

    Japanese Tea Garden

    4.69 mi from Alcatraz Island
    123 reviews

    Fun to walk around. Like most things in the Golden Gate Park, it's pricey considering that it's just another place to walk around, but it is, in fact, a fun, pretty place to walk around. Picnics are forbidden though.

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  • 12
    3.32 mi

    City Hall

    3.32 mi from Alcatraz Island
    67 reviews

    San Francisco's City Hall is the centerpiece of the Civic Center, an ensemble out of the City Beautiful movement and the Beaux Arts. It is based on the Church of the Invalides in Paris that holds Napoleons tomb, which in turn goes back to unbuilt sketches by Leonardo da Vinci. The interior central rooms and public spaces are beautiful and ...

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  • 13
    4.44 mi

    Clarion Alley

    4.44 mi from Alcatraz Island
    18 reviews

    Stunning street art all in one alley in the Mission District! Not quite a destination, but fun to scope out while on the way to a restaurant or bar. I love that the art touches upon social issues. Art with meaning!

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  • 14
    3.43 mi

    Davies Symphony Hall

    3.43 mi from Alcatraz Island
    32 reviews

    My first time every going to Davies Symphony Hall to watch Jerry Garcia concert. It was AMAZING. I can't wait to come back here and watch the orchestra play again. A wonderful experienced!

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  • 15
    3.56 mi

    Painted Ladies-Alamo Square

    3.56 mi from Alcatraz Island
    37 reviews

    Two words: Sunday picnic! And the Painted ladies. Enough said ...

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  • 16
    1.48 mi

    Ghirardelli Square

    1.48 mi from Alcatraz Island
    98 reviews

    Sometimes a tourist trap is there for a reason. The history alone is great, but the square is now home to cute shops and restaurants. A lovely way to spend a few hours!

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  • 17
    2.73 mi

    Ferry Building Marketplace

    2.73 mi from Alcatraz Island
    205 reviews

    My favorite spot in SF to assemble a picnic. If you are in luck there will be a farmer's market outside. Many wonderful shops to select from. If you have more time you can dine in for lunch at one of the fabulous restaurants. It gets very busy so have a little patience.

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  • 18
    2.86 mi


    2.86 mi from Alcatraz Island
    47 reviews

    Great happy hour specials - perfect craft cocktails - yummy bites!

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  • 19
    4.62 mi

    California Academy Of Sciences

    4.62 mi from Alcatraz Island
    144 reviews

    Sunday Funday at the California Academy of Sciences is the way to go. Perfect for a family day. Must see: - Planetarium Theatre - Rain Forest Dome - Aquarium Other exhibits are fun too look at too. Like the earthquake stimulation.

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  • 20
    3.85 mi

    AT&T Park

    3.85 mi from Alcatraz Island
    211 reviews

    A lovely ball park in a fabulous location. The park itself is fantastic. Great seats, lovely views, good food. It is particularly convienent to take Caltrain practically to the gate if you live down the peninsula.

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