For Young People

Park Ranger stands between two girls holding Junior Ranger Books.

NPS / Allison Taggart-Barone

Many families planning a visit to Alcatraz worry about bringing children to a former penitentiary - they often ask us if it is appropriate for them. Our answer is a definite yes!

Our experience is that children enjoy the Rock but that they often find different aspects of an Alcatraz visit interesting - for example the ferry ride on San Francisco Bay, the abundance of flowers and birds that inhabit the island, the views of the surrounding towns, islands, and bridges, and the steep hill on the island. There is no reason to hesitate bringing children to the Rock.

Everyone is welcome to become a Junior Ranger. Certain days offer the possibility of Junior Ranger programs led by park service staff.

Last updated: February 12, 2024

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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San Francisco, CA 94123


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