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February 21, 2007
From journal A San Francisco Treat
February 10, 2007
This is definitely one of my favourite parts of the trip. I had so much fun here. If you're interested in anything historical, this is a place you HAVE to go. When I bought my tickets, I wasn't sure where to buy them from, but if you go on the Blue and Gold Fleet website, you can get the best deal. There is an option to purchase a ticket with audio. I wasn't sure at first what that meant, but since it was only a few dollars more I decided to go for it. I was happy I did when I got to the island. The people there hand out little headsets with a tape player of some sort attached. You listen to the tape they give you and it tells you all about the prison, and it pretty much guides you through the entire prison. I definitely recommend getting the tour with audio; you end up getting a whole lot more out of the entire experience. Below is the link for the website I used...like I said, this was the best deal I could find. Don't forget to book your tickets as far ahead of time as you can; I saw lots of people standing in line, trying to get a ticket for that day.
From journal San Francisco—One of the Most Beautiful Places
From journal Trip to San Francisco
December 18, 2006
From journal A week of Sports and Sightseeing in San Francisco
August 15, 2006
From journal Fun in the sun in San Francisco
May 18, 2006
I have gone on the Alcatraz Tour twice now, both times utilizing Pier 39's Blue and Gold Fleet. Both times I was very impressed with the boat quality, and enjoyed the quick ride out to the rocky and dangerous island. Once you arrive on the island, you are greeted by a cheery and informative ranger, who speaks to the group for a few moments. You are then guided up the large hill (take a big breath everyone!) and to the beginnings of the building structures.
You are able to view previous quarters of the guards, along with the rubble of some quarters that had caught fire. You eventually reach the actual prison, which is in quite nice condition on the inside. You are given headsets to wear and guide you through the prison house. This is very nice and convenient. It allows you to take as much time as you'd like in the prison. There are boats that head back to the city every 30 minutes or so, so you may take as much time as you'd like on the island. It is a great photo opportunity of the city!
Also, if you go during the winter months, you are allowed on the fenced path around the edge of the island (during other months, there is bird migration in those areas, so they prohibit it). I have also heard that their evening tour is superb. Apparently, they take you into other areas of the prison, that the day tours do not go into. I will be doing that tour on my next stop!
From journal Fresh & Fishy San Francisco!
May 16, 2006
From journal San Francisco on a Budget
Mexico city, Mexico
April 22, 2006
From journal The Golden Gate and Alcatraz
Birmingham, United Kingdom
April 3, 2006
The views from the island are truly magnificent, which gives you the idea of the torment prisoners must have gone through knowing that civilisation lay a short, shark-infested swim away!
From journal Beautiful San Francisco in 2 Days
by go cards
March 28, 2006
From journal Cable Car Town