5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

April 20, 2018

Located on a small island surrounded by choppy waters, just off the coast of San Fran, lies a prison that has held the country’s most dangerous criminals...

Alcatraz -- like something out of a comic book, it’s no wonder it’s the most notorious incarceration facility in the country. Home to likes of Al Capone, George “Machine-Gun” Kelly, and Arthur “Doc” Barker, the high security federal building operated from 1934 to 1963, containing the murderous gangsters of the 1920s and 30s. In its 29 years of operation, the prison managed to rack up quite a colorful -- and sometimes violent -- history.

Here’s a quick look at some intriguing Alcatraz facts you may not know. If you don't get your fix here, read on to check out the activities we offer that will take you there to see it for yourself!

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    Guided Private Napa Wine Tour (4 People)

    Thinking about getting out of San Francisco for a day of sophisticated inebriation? Give this tour a spin! You'll be chauffeured to beautiful Napa Valley by luxury sedan, SUV, or stretch limo, where you'll visit some of the best boutique wineries in the region. Learn about wines while tipping back glasses in exclusive tasting rooms, and get an inside look into the winemaking industry from the winemakers themselves. The Napa wine region boasts stunning country landscapes that include rolling hills plastered with farms and vineyards This worry-free visit is a great way to drink it all in!
    Guided Private Napa Wine Tour (4 People)

    Napa Valley, San Francisco

    • Visit the Napa wine region during a 6-hour guided tour
    • Select from multiple wineries to visit
    • Enjoy sampling delicious wines in tasting rooms
    • Travel by sedan, SUV, or stretch limo for a luxurious escape
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    Adventurous Horseback Tour

    Firetrucks and horses. Your inner child is going to have a field day with this tour. You'll be riding in a classic 1955 Mack Fire Truck (shiny red, of course) over the Golden Gate Bridge. This narrated, open-air ride will provide the perfect opportunity to check out the San Francisco skyline from up on high. Prior to the bridge, you'll tour the streets of San Francisco, and afterwards, the village of Sausalito. As though that's not enough, you'll also spend an hour exploring the California coastline on horseback. If you're worried about this tour being too eccentric, don't. It's San Francisco. You'll fit right in.
    Adventurous Horseback Tour

    650 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Scope out the Bay Area from the Golden Gate Bridge while riding in a mid-20th century firetruck
    • Embark on a tranquil horseback adventure along the scenic California Coast
    • Learn about San Francisco's history and culture during a narrated drive through its streets
    • Enjoy a unique tour during which you'll get know San Francisco while embracing its eccentricity
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    Telegraph Hill and the Old Waterfront Tour

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    Wild parrots. Do you really need to read any further? Fine. Roam Local presents the "Telegraph Hill & Old Waterfront" walking tour, a four mile leisurely trek around the old waterfront area of San Francisco. You'll have the opportunity to explore Yerba Buena Cove, the Barbary Cove, and the infamous Telegraph Hill (that's where the parrots are!). You'll discover hidden parks, gardens and alleys, plus experience stunning views of the bay, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. You'll find out where television and blue jeans were born, all while experiencing a true urban adventure. And did we mention WILD PARROTS???
    Telegraph Hill and the Old Waterfront Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Explore historic old waterfront on Yerba Buena Cove, the Barbary Coast, and Telegraph Hill
    • Discover secret spots and hidden delights that only the locals know about
    • Obtain insights into the history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Enjoy a relaxing, informative walk that will put you in touch with San Francisco's hidden gems.
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    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

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    In Roam Local's "Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach" walking-tour, you'll explore the hidden streets and sites of three of San Francisco's most famous and picturesque neighborhoods. Beginning and ending at the Friendship Gate of Chinatown, you'll travel through the colorful back alleys of the oldest and largest Chinatown in the world. Here you'll find the first Chinese temple ever built in the United States. From there, you'll ascend Russian Hill, famous for its writers' salons and eclectic vibe, and explore Barbary Lane, the hidden street that famously inspired Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novel series. Next up, you'll descend into North Beach, epicenter of the Beat Generation, the Bohemian artists and nonconformists behind the great San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s. If you're looking for an insider's view of SF, this is a tour you'll not want to miss!
    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Embark on a four mile walking tour through Chinatown, Russian Hill, and North Beach
    • Discover colorful hidden spots within the largest Chinatown in the world and the trendy epicenter of the Beat Generation
    • Obtain insights into the history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Stretch your legs while immersing yourself in a true cultural experience
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    Earn Your Wings (SF)

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    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to... well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here's your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You'll float inside iFLY's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you'll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings (SF)

    31310 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner's package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY San Francisco's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    America's Cup Sunset Sail

    Shiver me timbers! Tap into your inner pirate with this 2.5-hour yachting adventure, and you'll find out just how "blimey" racing across the open water can be! You'll follow the official race course from the 2013 America's Cup while sailing aboard a racing-class yacht. Not one to sit back and watch? You can also join in the fun, helping with the hoist, manipulating the sail trim controls, and even taking over the helm! While a public trip, the USA 76 only accommodates up to 20 guests, making for an intimate, and highly enjoyable experience on the water. Batten down the hatches, skallywags. Things are about to get fun!
    America's Cup Sunset Sail

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Cruise across San Francisco Bay aboard a regulation racing yacht
    • Follow the course that was used in the 2013 America's Cup
    • Take part in helping run the yacht, including a turn at the helm
    • Feel the wind in your hair and the spray of water as the yacht powers up
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    Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent in Haight-Ashbury Tour

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    Wander the streets of Haight-Ashbury, the hippie hotbed that birthed the cultural revolution of the 1960's. You'll learn about the neighborhood's meteoric rise to greatness in 1964 and why the trip turned bad by 1968. Visit Janis Joplin's crash pad, jam out at the Grateful Dead House, say "Yes" to a Love-In at the Panhandle, and bask in the debauchery of Buena Vista Park. And if the Flower Power years aren't enough for you, Haight-Ashbury is one of the few neighborhoods to have avoided the Fire of 1906, so it still features beautiful, authentic Victorian homes. This isn't one of those tours where you follow along, eyes glazing over as you try to absorb dry facts and figures. Interactive fun is at the heart of the tour. You'll answer questions, play games, and laugh along the way. Get ready to see the psychedelic music, hear the psychedelic artwork, and taste the history of this truly groovy part of town.
    Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent in Haight-Ashbury Tour

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Explore Haight-Ashbury, the home of the hippie revolution, on an entertaining walking tour
    • Visit iconic sites like the homes of Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead, the Panhandle, and Buena Vista Park
    • Play fun games and answer trivia questions as you go
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    Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose

    Explore more! The Yosemite National Park tour from San Jose is an experience that will leave a memorable impression for people of all ages. Join vasty knowledgeable Expedition Leaders on a day-long trip through the Yosemite Valley, where you will be learn about the geology, history, and wildlife that make this National Park one of North America’s most awesome sights to behold. You will even get to touch a living fossil! The Giant Sequoias of Tuolumne Grove have inhabited the park for millions of years, along with many other colossal granite cliffs. This day tour will leave from the Fairmont Hotel San Jose and depart east through California’s lush Central Valley, into the precipitous Sierra Nevada mountain range. Grab your camera and hop on board for this unforgettable Yosemite experience! During your tour, you will also be able to enjoy free wifi available on your bus or van!
    Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose

    928 Harrison Street , San Francisco

    • Explore the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park
    • Experience the serenity of Tuolumne Grove’s giant sequoias
    • Join Expedition Leaders as they inform you of the rich geology, history, and wildlife that make Yosemite unique
    • Embark on a memorable and exciting journey for people of all ages!
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    Daytime Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular daytime cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries,while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride!
    Daytime Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular day trip on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
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    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular sunset cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries, while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride! The route taken is dependent on the weather and winds each day. This tour generally goes by some of these sights: into Fisherman’s Wharf, towards the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island and to the Bay Bridge and McCovey Cove baseball park.
    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular sunset on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
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