5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

April 20, 2016

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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    Golden Gate Park Segway Tours

    Warning: After this tour, gliding around on a Segway might become your favorite form of transportation. You will have a blast as you glide through the seven beautiful miles of Golden Gate Park's landscaped trails and roads. Visit hidden sites that include the Lily Pond, Shakespeare Garden and Fern Grotto. The tour explores the east end, including the National Aids Memorial, Music Concourse, Pioneer Grove, and Stow Lake. Listen along to your tour guides as they share tidbits and trivia about the park's stewards over the years, the impact of WWII on the Japanese Tea Garden, and the story of the park's historical transformation from bleak sand dunes to today's lush vista. This is a fully narrated 2.5 hour tour where you will be supplied with radio earbuds so you will not miss a word. Walking is overrated, so come glide along and take in all the sights and sounds the Golden Gate Park has to offer.
    Golden Gate Park Segway Tours

    82 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco

    • Glide through the iconic Golden Gate Park on a Segway
    • Hear stories from your tour guide and experience seven miles of the Golden Gate Park
    • Partake in a brief Segway training and then see The Music Concourse and Temple of Music
    • Ride on your Segway and enjoy not having to walk
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    Fisherman's Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

    Segways are so hot right now...so hot! Imagine yourself cruising down the waterfront on your Segway with the wind blowing in your hair as you visit the piers of the world-famous Fisherman's Wharf and explore the hidden alleys of historic Little Italy in North Beach! On this 2.5 Segway tour, you'll capture magnificent sights, including Municipal Pier and Aquatic Park, Fisherman's Wharf and its picturesque fishing harbors, Fish Alley, Fisherman's Chapel, WWII Liberty Ship and Submarine Pampanito -- along with spectacular views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge! Take in these remarkable sights, all while hearing interesting and compelling commentary from your knowledgeable guide. This is a fully narrated 2.5 hour tour where you will be supplied with radio earbuds so you will not miss a word. Walking is overrated; glide around The Fisherman's Wharf and Waterfront in style.
    Fisherman's Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

    757 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Explore and take in sights of Fisherman's Wharf on a Segway
    • Listen to your tour guide tell you stories and shows you around historic Little Italy
    • Partake in a brief Segway training and then see Municipal Pier and Aquatic Park
    • Ride on your Segway and enjoy not having to walk
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    Night Chinatown, Little Italy & Embarcadero Segway Tour

    When the night goes down in the city, the Segways come out, and the city comes alive. Explore the intimacy of a night tour on this fully narrated Little Italy, Chinatown, Embarcadero Waterfront and Waterfront Segway Tour. See fabulous night views of the new Bay Lights installation, the Transamerica Pyramid, Coit Tower and the Ferry Building. This is a fully narrated 2.5 hour tour where you will be supplied with radio earbuds so you will not miss a word. The tour will cover everything from Washington Square Park, where you and fellow Segway riders will learn about the authentic Beat Generation in North Beach, to the Ghirardelli Square, where you will uncover more about the famous chocolate that bears its name. Learn how cable cars operate, view the unique streamline design of the National Maritime Museum and so much more. Stop boring yourself with walking everywhere and hop on a Segway!
    Night Chinatown, Little Italy & Embarcadero Segway Tour

    757 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Glide around on a Segway on this intimate night tour of San Francisco
    • Hear stories from your tour guide and experience Little Italy and Chinatown
    • Partake in a brief Segway training and then see the Embarcadero Waterfront
    • Ride on your Segway and enjoy not having to walk
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    Mirror Maze

    "Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuude. Those colors are just...whoooooooa." Want to get to that point without the health and legal risks? Come to Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze for an experience like no other! During this crazy attraction, you'll wind your way through a labyrinth of mirrors, set aglow by black lights. You'll completely lose track of where you are and where you're trying to go -- but that's the fun part! This psychedelic experience is completely mindblowing, so just let go and enjoy the ride. Or should we say trip?
    Mirror Maze

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Make your way through an intricate labyrinth of mirrors and try your best not to get lost!
    • See black lights, glowing mirrors, and crazy effects
    • Stay and trip out for as long as you want
    • Have the most psychedelic experience one can legally reach in San Francisco!
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    Monterey, Carmel & a 17-Mile Drive Day Trip

    Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to add aquarium admission. See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive. Finish your day with a stop at the coastal town of Carmel by the Sea, before returning to San Francisco via famous Silicon Valley.

    Escape the big city on this scenic day-trip to Monterey and Carmel. Drive along the Highway 1 with breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast seascapes and narration as you may your way down to the Bay. You'll have time to shop and have lunch in Monterey, with the option of visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and enjoy plenty of photo stops on this scenic day trip from San Francisco. No trip to California is complete with a drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, home to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Lone Cypress, magnificent mansions, playful wildlife along the coastline and breathtaking natural beauty.

    Then, you'll head to the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea, with a charming downtown shopping district, beautiful beaches and historic mission. On this last stop of the tour, you will have time to visit the many boutiques and art galleries.

    Highlights of this day trip include:

    • Pacific Ocean drive
    • Cannery Row
    • Lone Cypress
    • Pebble Beach Lodge and golf course
    • Carmel Mission
    • Monterey Bay
    • 17-Mile Drive
    • Seal Rock
    • Carmel by the Sea
    Monterey, Carmel & a 17-Mile Drive Day Trip

    2627 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Cruise along California's famous 17-Mile Drive on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco
    • Follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula to explore shops or visit the aquarium
    • Discover the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea's downtown shopping district and beautiful beaches
    • Enjoy plenty of stops and fantastic photo opportunities along the way.
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    Four Peaks Tour

    The Four Peaks area of San Francisco isn't just colorful -- It's a virtual rainbow. Considered one of the preeminent centers of global gay culture and LGBT activism in the world, this area is now among the most vibrant, hip places in the city. Over the sixties and seventies, multitudes of gay men and women started to move into the neighborhood and fix up homes that had fallen into disrepair in the area, eventually claiming the neighborhood as their own. Discover hidden alleys, staircases, and gardens on a 3.5 mile walk. Learn about the important history of the area, and find out why Four Peaks is lovingly known as "Eureka Valley" by the locals. While leisurely, tour involves many steps, which can be challenging. Exact meeting location is given upon confirmation of booking.
    Four Peaks Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Take a walking tour of the Four Peaks area of San Francisco, the LGBT hub of the United States
    • Discover hidden staircases, gardens, and paths that only an insider would know about
    • Gain knowledge about history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Embrace one of the most culturally relevant areas of San Francisco
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    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

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    Think you've got what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Put your survival skills to the test during this escape room challenge! Escape room games lock you in a room and pit you against the clock, leaving you just one hour to locate a series of clues, unravel an overarching puzzle, and make your escape! You'll have to work successfully with a small group of fellow players, making this a great team-building challenge. Use your brain--or it's zombie chow!
    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

    660 Bryant St, San Francisco

    • Immerse yourself in an interactive game where you must find a way to escape a locked room
    • Exercise your critical thinking skills to piece together clues in order to solve the mystery
    • Work with a small team to better your odds of completing the task within the allotted time
    • Feel the rush as you race against the clock -- and the zombies!
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    Napa River History Kayak Tour

    Wake up and smell the grapes...and more! On this tour, you'll paddle through both the calm waters and the rich history of the Napa River. You'll be accompanied by an experienced and friendly guide, a Napa native who is passionate about the river and, of course, the history of Napa Valley. You'll also take in stunning views of Napa's countryside, with a variety of lush plants and exciting wildlife, as well as looks at some of the historic sites from the stories told by your guide, including buildings damaged by the Napa earthquake. This is one tour you absolutely don't want to miss-- so sign up today, and take a plunge into Napa's history!
    Napa River History Kayak Tour

    100 Riverside dr, Napa

    • Paddle your way through the rich history of Napa on an all-levels-welcome kayak tour
    • Enjoy an intimate view of the little known and rich history of the Napa Valley, led by a Napa native who is passionate about the river
    • Learn about the Napa Valley wine culture, look out for local wildlife, and visit some important local historical sites
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    Helicopter Tour and Dinner Cruise

    Views from above, views from the water! Savor the breathtaking aerial views of San Francisco on a helicopter tour. Take in well-known landmarks from above, such as Alcatraz Island and the spectacular Golden Gate and Bay Bridges spanning the bay. After your flight, end your day in style aboard a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay as the sun sets.

    Enjoy the sights of San Francisco on the way to the heliport. Once onboard your quiet and smooth reliable helicopter seating 4 to 6 passengers, the exhilarating adventure begins. Musical background accompanies spontaneous narration by your professionally trained pilot. During your 20-minute flight, see the famous hills of San Francisco and the striking cityscape. Admire aerial views of Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge and more. Upon landing, the shuttle drops guests for boarding on the yacht where delightful views of San Francisco from the water await. On your 2.5 hour cruise, savor an elegant 4-course dinner, enjoy live music entertainment and stroll the outer decks for incomparable views of the glittering San Francisco skyline. Your evening concludes at Pier 3.

    Helicopter Tour and Dinner Cruise

    333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco

    • Admire the beauty of the skyline and the bay as you go for a 20 minute helicopter ride and dinner cruise
    • Soar over San Francisco and capture breathtaking views from the vantage point of a helicopter
    • Savor a 4-course dinner aboard a yacht passing landmarks like Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Enjoy live music and stroll the outer decks for incomparable views of the glittering skyline
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    Castro Mission Tour

    You haven't truly experienced San Francisco until you've visited Castro Mission Loop. Known for its Victorian architecture and vibrant murals, you'll learn all about its history during your intimate walking tour directed by a local that knows about all of the hidden spots you won't find in a guide book. During this leisurely 3.5 mile walk you'll be introduced to San Francisco's oldest building, an alley of murals, a buried lagoon, and numerous other interesting points and oddities that make Castro a must see spot. Plus, you'll get acquainted with one of the city's most popular gay epicenters and gain exposure to the unique culture that makes San Francisco one of America's favorite cities.
    Castro Mission Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Explore Castro Mission Loop, one of the San Francisco's oldest areas, for an informative walking tour
    • See Liberty Hill, the oldest building in the city, murals, Victorian architecture, and a buried lagoon
    • Gain knowledge about the history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Take a relaxing, scenic 3.5 mile walk through one of the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco
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