No longer a prison for some of America's most dangerous offenders, Alcatraz is part of the National Park Service and is a ... More
No longer a prison for some of America's most dangerous offenders, Alcatraz is part of the National Park Service and is a must-see for visitors to the city. Visitors to the island will certainly be captivated by its history and its incredible beauty. A photo opportunity awaits behind every corner. Also, dress in layers (even during the summer months) because the island can be breezy, and the inside of the prison is cold and damp. Ferries to Alcatraz depart from Pier 33 and are run by Alcatraz Cruises.
I went to Alcatraz with my family to celebrate a birthday. I had not been there in years and only remembered it being cold, muggy and creepy! This time when I went back, I was suprised of how clean it was and very organized. I loved the earphones they provide you with so that you can go on tour on your own pace.
Be prepared to hike. There is a lot more history to the island that you will learn. You get headphones to get a guided tour when you enter where the general population was held. They even show you where a prison break was attempted. You are able to walk freely around, even out in the yard. I was hoping that they would give you the option to be locked in the cell and you would be able to hear the sound of all of the doors closing, but that did not happen. You are able to walk into an empty cell for a photo opp though.
Wear your comfortable walking shoes and give yourself at least 4 hours. Oh, and be sure to go to the restroom at the bottom where you catch the ferry. The only other restroom is at the top and it is a unisex restroom that smells very bad.
Alcatraz is definetly a place to visit while you are in San Francisco. The audio tour was very good and it was amazing to walk through the prison as well as actaully stand in a prison. I had a great time!
that's what i say! :(or:) dipends how ya look at it
By A Yahoo Contributor, 4/22/08
it was interesting to be in an old jail, but it was kinda scary. i did injoy myself while i was there though. i travel a lot and i think this was one of the best places yet. it deserves a hearty WOW!!!!!!!!
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