on July 30, 2008
When planning our trip to San Francisco the option was presented to visit Alcatraz during the day or to instead try the night tour. We selected the night tour, and being summer this meant that when we boarded the boat it was still light out.I honestly did not know what to expect from the tour, I personally like to hear the history and the stories but am not a fan of the cow heard system of tour groups. Our boat to the island had 300 + passengers so I was concerned that it would be crowded.Once on the island everyone was randomly divided into groups to start the tour, which did make the steep walk up to the main cell house bearable. Inside the cell house everyone is given audio tours. This is a continuous guide instructing you where to walk to pass through the building. While it was nice to not have to remain as a group I personally like the audio tours that allow you to pick which order you are going to view the attraction. About 10 minutes in I was not in line with the audio and had lost my husband. At this point I stopped listening to the guide and just walked around.Other than my personal preference in the style of audio guide, the tour was very cool. I felt like I saw a lot, had plenty of time - you can take any boat back with the last leaving around 9:30pm with all the staff - and did not end up being herded around, plus the ride back to the city allowed for some great views of the lights along the bay bridge.
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