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April 20, 2011
Mexico city, Mexico
April 22, 2006
From journal The Golden Gate and Alcatraz
by go cards
March 28, 2006
From journal Cable Car Town
August 17, 2004
From journal San Francisco is gorgeous!!!
July 26, 2003
The boat ride is part of the tour, and it's a nice introduction to the San Francisco bay. If you take a late cruise, you'll see a beautiful sunset over the ocean.
Alcatraz was once burnt down, in the 60s. The main cell building is still intact, and this is where you'll pick up your self-guided tour. All around it are the burnt shells of other buildings, now inhabited by wildflowers and seabirds. The view from the island and the mix of nature and man-made structures is a photographer's dream.
The self-guided tour is quite interesting, peppered with voice recordings of actual inmates and guards. You can almost imagine yourself here, especially out in the "yard". Sit down on the stone bleachers, and imagine that you're locked in here for life, with the lights of San Francisco just on the horizon, forever tempting you.
Learning about the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island shouldn't be missed, and you can catch a brief film on this topic near where the boat launches.
You take a blue and white ferry from Fisherman's wharf, and they do recommend that you reserve in advance. We did, which saved us the hassle of waiting in line. You can also go watch the sea lions off the pier while you wait for your boat.
From journal Business in San Fran
May 8, 2001
Anyway, we wandered around the cells and saw some of the stuff we'd seen in the movie "The Rock" (which we'd watched before going to Alcatraz!).
We went on the tour around the cell blocks, with a head set, which was quite cool. You got to hear lots of stuff that you'd never find out about, just walking around by yourself.
I'd be interested in going on the guided tour with a real life guide next time...
Anyway, the hours of operation are:
The ferry starts at 9.30am each morning, and runs about every thirty to fourty minutes to and from Alcatraz. It closes in summer at 6.30pm, and at 4.30pm during the rest of the year. (Though there are evening tours.)
Check out http://www.nps.gov/alcatraz/ for more information on Alcatraz!
From journal Contiki Wild Western Tour - San Francisco
May 12, 2003
From journal SFO
New York, New York
August 26, 2002
From journal Leave Your Heart In San Francisco. I did.
by Eve Carr
April 3, 2002
I think it was so appealing because it’s so inaccessible, but also because the National Park Service is doing a great job to educate people about the site with its outstanding self-guided narrated tour—and keep it going because it’s in need of repair.
More than likely there will be a long line when you get to Pier 41, at Fisherman’s Wharf to get on. But maybe you can beat the rush if you go early. In any case, we felt that seeing The Rock, where Al Capone, and George "Machine Gun" Kelly were penned in was worth it. After all, how often do you get to go inside a jail, especially one that was maximum security for such notorious criminals. And, how much fun it is to have your picture taken behind these famous bars.
The other advantage is that you get to see the incredible view that some of these criminals had of the San Francisco skyline. How frustrating it must have been to see it and know that you couldn’t go there.
The cruise lasts 2 to 3 hours, and there are daily departures all year long. Wear your walking shoes because once you get there, you have a 12 percent grade to climb. SEAT (Sustainable Easy Access Transport) is available for wheelchair users and visitors unable to walk the quarter mile hill.
The next time we visit San Francisco, I want to try the Alcatraz After Dark because I think that the view of the city will be spectacular—and the tour much scarier. The ride will also be much more romantic.
For more information, visit www.blueandgoldfleet.com (415-7005-5555) for advance ticket purchase.
From journal Romantic Rendevous in San Francisco
by wasa girl
July 30, 2008
From journal Quick Trip to SF