Alcatraz night tours to return next month for first time in more than a year

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Evening tours at Alcatraz Island are back after having been temporarily suspended for the first time in more than a year, Alcatraz City Cruises announced this week. 

The night tours return beginning Sept. 9, and will be offered Thursdays through Mondays with ferries leaving from San Francisco's Pier 33 at 6 p.m.

The return comes after the service was suspended last year as it was forced to cut hours amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alcatraz City Cruises assistant general manager Antonette Sespene said in a statement, "Experiencing Alcatraz Island at night offers both locals and tourists alike a unique perspective of our city's iconic landmark and we are thrilled to resume our extended schedule once again."

The tour is limited to just a few hundred people per evening and includes special programs, tours and activities that aren't available during the day tours, cruise officials said.

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