Your guide to exploring Alcatraz Island

After recently visiting one of my favourite places in the world, San Francisco, I wanted to tell you about the amazing Island of Alcatraz. I knew that when I was planning this trip to San Fran, that it had to be a priority for me to go and visit Alcatraz.  I had learnt about Alcatraz growing up and knew that I had to see the rock for myself.  As it turns out it is so much more than a rock, it is actually a place where prisoners were housed for many years. Now, there is a sense of freedom etched into stone, creating a unique wonder that clearly sets hearts racing and minds spinning into the past.

Alcatraz was a federal prison from August 11th, 1934 until its doors closed on March 21st, 1963.  In that time, it’s fame rose, as it became known as the prison that no one could escape.

Alcatraz – the rock, the prison, the freedom and the beauty.

 

 

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  1. Avoid disappointment and book Alcatraz in advance as it gets heavily booked and the wait can be months.
  2. Do the audio tour, which is included in your admission, it is available in the cell house and goes for 45 minutes.   You listen to what is was like for the prisoners and their
    personal hell. The audio is available in a variety of languages.
  3. If you don’t have 45 minutes or you’re with your friends and don’t want to zone out, purchase a map for $1 and do a self guided tour.  This allows you to find out about its history and the current attractions.
  4. View the Golden Gate Bridge, from vantage points on the rock.  
  5. Wear comfy shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking.  The walk is definitely not flat and there are quite a lot of hills and rocky outcrops.  
  6. You are only allowed to eat and drink on the dock, however bottled water is allowed.
  7. You will not see gas chambers or facilities for executions, as there was no escape anyway on Alcatraz
  8. Alcatraz is open nearly everyday of the year, however not on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day or extreme weather.

 

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