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.
We visited Alcatraz on our visit to San Francisco and we were not disappointed. There are lots of things to see, the view of the city from the island is magnificent and the free self-guided tour with the headsets is a great way to get a feel for how life on the rock really was.
We really enjoyed the audio tour on Alcatraz. It guides you through the cell block, telling the history and some of the more famous stories as you walk. It's only a short boat ride, so even the most queasy of passengers should not have a problem with sea sickness in getting there.
Alcatraz is really worth it if you're taking the audio tour- otherwise it's a waste of time. You can really learn a lot and the audio tour has really nice sound effects. The audio tour is really long but definetely worth the time!!
We took the self-guided audio tour(which is awesome. You HAVE to do it if you go) and being able to see the bullet holes and the cafeteria and the solitary confinement cells was worth the trip alone. It was simply amazing.
I liked everything about it they had an old prisoner there and his story goes to show that any one can change there ways he went from robbong a bank to writing books about his experience. and the prison made you feel like you were there and could feel the stories they were telling.
We live in the East Bay and had a limited Spring Break so we decided to play tourist in San Francisco. We had never been to Alcatraz. We took our 2 kids, age 11 and 12. We and they really enjoyed the audio tour. Make sure you book in advance. The ticket booth was closed that day as all tickets were sold out.
THIS IS ONLY A RECCOMENDATION: If you are planning to visit the inside of the Alcatraz Island, make sure you make an advance reservation with a tour or a ferry ride, because my wife and I were expecting to get to the island the same day we got to the Fishermans Wharf, and there where no more spaces available until 2 days after, so we had to settle with a $10 dollar 40 min. boat ride around the island, and THAT IS THE EXPERIENCE I'M RATING HERE because it only served me to take closer pictures of the island he he (you don't get to visit the prison on those $10-$15 rides). On the other hand...hey! it was just 10 dollars : )
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