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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    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (San Francisco)

    Price is for a group of 2-5 people Looking for a way to turn San Francisco into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of SF highlights! Guided from any smartphone, you’ll make your way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Answer questions to uncover the next, secret location. Your adventure takes you through the Union Square area, which houses some of the city’s finest designer shopping and cafes, through the bustling Chinatown and other historical neighborhoods as you make your way down through the famous Wharf District. Traverse its contoured landscape both on foot and by Cable Car, as you gain an entirely new perspective ol San Francisco and learn to see the city by the Bay in a whole new way!
    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (San Francisco)

    Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco

    • Embark on a tour that allows you to experience San Francisco as if it were a scavenger hunt
    • Answer fun trivia questions to uncover the next secret location and advance in your journey
    • Explore the most iconic SF neighborhoods, such as Union Square, Chinatown, and the Wharf District
    • Snap breathtaking photos of the city from above as you ride through the sky in a cable car
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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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    Dinner Dance Cruise

    What better way to conclude a day in San Francisco than watching the sun set over the beautiful San Francisco Bay on a memorable dinner dance cruise? Enjoy a four-course dinner of local ingredients freshly prepared onboard by an expert team of chefs, then let your hair down and dance to the live band or simply relax and watch the city skyline drift by from the outdoor decks. The perfect combination of fine dining, scenic views and lively entertainment that will appeal to all!
    Dinner Dance Cruise

    Pier 3, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a night of fine dining, lively dancing, and spectacular views on a dinner cruise
    • Treat yourself to a gourmet 4-course dinner made with local ingredients
    • Dance the night away to foot-tapping tunes from live band
    • Watch the cityline drift by from your window seat or the boat’s outdoor decks
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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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    Tiburon Food and Wine Tour

    Start your 3-hour tour by meeting your guide at Pier 41 at San Francisco's Embarcadero. Hop on a ferry or water taxi for the 20-minute boat ride across San Francisco Bay. The afternoon excursion passes by Angel Island State Park before landing at the waterfront in Tiburon, a former railroad town turned upscale enclave. On arrival, walk with your guide to a number of popular eateries and learn a bit of history along the way. Pair white wine with Asian cuisine at Lily Kai and comfort food at the Tiburon Tavern. Set out for Sam’s Anchor Cafe featuring seafood and rosé. Sip a red varietal with Italian dishes at Luna Blu, and sample dessert with coffee at Cafe Renzo on historic Ark Row, where storefronts and eateries are actually restored boats. Conclude your food-and-wine tour of Tiburon with the return boat ride to the city.
    Tiburon Food and Wine Tour

    Pier 41, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a selection of seafood, Sicilian cuisine, and dessert during a memorable afternoon.
    • Get inside tips from a local guide while exploring the city’s streets
    • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors or couples
    • Cross San Francisco Bay by round-trip ferry, passing Angel Island en route to Marin
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    Open Air Trampoline Park Session

    If you would have told your younger self that, as an adult, you would have the opportunity to literally jump on a gigantic trampoline with other adult jumping enthusiasts, would you believe it? Well, you better believe it, because Open Air Trampoline Park is yours to explore in this one-hour trampoline activity! Open Air gives the experience for those looking for a little extra bounce in their life. Half of this one-hour session will be spent with a training ground instructor, where you’ll partake in a lesson on the basics of trampoline tricks; the other half is up to you to jump at your own pace with the instructors always close by for your safety. What are you waiting for? Jump into the ultimate House of Air experience today!
    Open Air Trampoline Park Session

    926 Old Mason St, San Francisco

    • Experience trampolining with a lesson and open session
    • Jump at your own pace with the help of a trained instructor
    • Try an alternative workout that doubles as a fun, thrilling activity
    • No experience necessary
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    Beginner Surfing 1-Day - Pacifica

    Participants will learn about ocean awareness, wave breaks, ocean conditions, safety in and out of the water, wave etiquette, paddling, push up and pop up techniques, as well as riding waves and balancing. All students will start out in shallow areas riding the whitewater until they are comfortable with venturing further out. If you have ever thought about surfing and thought “no way”, think again! Join this lesson to catch some waves!
    Beginner Surfing 1-Day - Pacifica

    5000 Pacific Coast Hwy, San Francisco

    • Learn to surf in a safe and non-threatening environment, perfect for the beginning surfer
    • Have fun learning how to surf and explore the wonders of the ocean with an experienced guide
    • Open to complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on there own for a while and still need help
    • Receive step by step instruction through all the basics to get you started and catching waves!
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    General Admission (Adult)

    The California Academy of Sciences is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens! Just one ticket allows you to explore an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rainforest, 40,000 live animals, and more — all under one living roof! No matter your interest, CAS has something for everyone. If you love exploration and the amazing biodiversity of Earth, you should check out the lush, four-story rainforest that’s teeming with life from the world’s richest tropical regions. Or maybe you’re more into the mysteries and awesome size of our universe, in which case you should definitely visit the Morrison Planetarium. With a completely digital dome that measures 90 feet in diameter, plus a 75-foot screen, you’ll feel like you’re up among the stars. The point is, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the CAS.
    General Admission (Adult)

    55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco

    • Take a trip to one of the largest museums of natural history in the world
    • Explore an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and much more with just one ticket
    • Gaze up at the stars in the Morrison Planetarium, fully equipped with a 75 foot digital screen
    • Learn a little bit more about the beautiful planet we call home
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    San Francisco to Wine Country Tour (Pier 39 Pickup)

    Destination: Wine Country Transportation: Limousine, Limo Van, Party Bus Divination: Heavenly Join Napa Valley Wine Country Tours for a wine tour that begins in San Francisco, and takes you to Wine Country and back! All via luxurious methods of transportation! Once aboard, kick the day off the right way with a “Mimosa Wine Country Breakfast”: croissants, cream cheese and bagels, fresh fruit and a Mimosa. After, you’ll head off to visit the Golden Gate Bridge and then on to 4 wineries which represent a wonderful cross section of delectable tastes in both Napa and Sonoma Counties. For the foodies, an olive oil tasting by The Olive Press is a stop along the way! But don’t worry, you’ll be fed, too! The picnic lunch includes a turkey roll complemented with an olive pasta, mozzarella-tomato-basil skewers, falafels and hummus, and a seasonal dessert. From the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate: flavors abound!
    San Francisco to Wine Country Tour (Pier 39 Pickup)

    Pier 39, Beach St #256, San Francisco

    • Head out from San Francisco to Napa Valley via limousine, limo van, or party bus
    • Visit the Golden Gate Bridge in the morning, then 4 wineries during the day
    • Enjoy an early “Mimosa Wine Country Breakfast” consisting of croissants, cream cheese & bagels, fresh fruit and a Mimosa
    • Ask any questions to your knowledgeable chauffeur, who will be happy to point out sites of interest as you travel to and through Wine Country
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    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

    Take the ultimate sunset cruise, California-style! Relax as you enjoy amazing views of San Francisco and a hearty appetizer buffet during this casual two-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay. The sailings are timed to coincide with sunsets; the Sunset Bay Cruise departure time and route will differ to the Twilight Cruise which sails during the winter months. With live commentary by the captain and cool background music, this cruise is a wonderful way to explore San Francisco Bay at twilight during late March through early November.

    As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, you'll cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as you sail west toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason.

    During the cruise, enjoy an assortment of vegetarian, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, antipasti, crudité with dip, potato and Caesar salads, seasonal fruits, freshly baked miniature desserts, and a complimentary beverage.

    A full bar with drinks and merchandise is available aboard. All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, and restrooms. There is no assigned seating or formal dress required, come as you are for an evening of relaxed sunset sailing! Vessels operate on bio-diesel, a renewable energy source. In the winter, the cruise changes its itinerary to make the most of the spectacular city lights view of San Francisco. As the sun sets over the horizon, you'll sail past San Francisco's modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, the infamous island of Alcatraz and both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge.

    Your evening of breathtaking San Francisco views will be accompanied with live guitar entertainment, hearty buffet of sandwiches, salads, dessert, and a beverage from the bar.

    Whether you are enjoying the skyline views from the ship's heated indoor spaces or out on the outdoor viewing decks, the city lights are an unmissable San Francisco attraction.
    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

    Pier 43, San Francisco

    • Sail on a cruise along the spectacular San Francisco city skyline under the setting sun
    • Take superb photos of the historic Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Indulge in a hearty hors d'oeuvres buffet of different assortments, along with complimentary drinks
    • Hear live commentary by the captain and enjoy the smooth background music
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