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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    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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    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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    Bridge and the Beach

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    Experience the stunning beauty of San Francisco, where awe-inspiring architecture and natural wonders combine. On this tour, you'll start at the majestic, iconic Golden Gate Bridge. From there, you will take a leisurely stroll up the coastline, past sandy beaches and the ruins of the Santro baths. Check out fancy neighborhoods, discover cliffs and secret hiking trails, and snap photos of the diverse sea animals and plant life that make San Francisco so unique. And just in case things weren't gorgeous enough for you already, you'll wrap up the tour by watching the sun set over the Pacific.
    Bridge and the Beach

    Merchant Rd At Vista Acc, San Francisco

    • Take a walking tour of San Francisco's stunning mix of architecture and nature
    • Stroll from the Golden Gate Bridge up past cliffs, beaches, and the Santro Baths
    • Learn about San Francisco's history and its stunningly unique flora and fauna
    • Snap photos of everything from upscale neighborhoods to hidden hiking trails
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    Bay in a Day & Muir Woods Tour

    Your “city insider” guide knows where to go so you get the most from your visit to San Francisco. Don't just sit on the dock of the bay—see all of San Francisco’s attractions like The Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Coit Tower, Financial District, Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, Nob Hill, The Castro and Mission districts, and the not-to-be-missed Golden Gate Bridge. (Make sure you have enough memory for all those selfies!) To complete this San Francisco city tour, you’ll head out to explore the city’s majestic parks, rugged coastline and diverse neighborhoods. Enjoy historic Presidio. Pause to enjoy cliff-side views of “city by the bay”. What made the Haight-Ashbury, Mission and Castro districts what they are today? Learn the stories. Laugh out loud at the surprising, sometimes crazy, things that have made San Francisco one of the world’s most beloved cities. Extranomical brings you exclusive experiences and attraction entries you won’t get on other San Francisco city tours. Enjoy a less-well-traveled spot for admiring the Golden Gate Bridge. Get a good night’s sleep! Including the morning excursion to Muir Woods, this San Francisco city tour goes from dawn ‘til dusk. Why go home without seeing it all? During your tour, you will also be able to enjoy free wifi available on your bus or van!
    Bay in a Day & Muir Woods Tour

    928 Harrison St, San Francisco

    • See the highlights of the Bay Area on this all day tour
    • Be blown away by the beauty of sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, The Embarcadero and Pier 39
    • Take a comprehensive tour and leave no sights left behind!
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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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    San Francisco City Lights Evening Bus Tour

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    There are lots of ways to get to know San Francisco. But nothing quite illuminates it like this tour! This two-hour ride takes place just as the city is gearing up for the nightlife. And, perched above a double-decker bus, you'll have a perfect view of all the action around you! You'll depart from Union Square and travel up and down some of San Francisco's most famous hills. Bustling neighborhoods like Chinatown and Marina are on the itinerary, as is a Golden Gate Bridge photo op. You'll also head across the bridge to Treasure Island for a look back at the city skyline. As your ride around the city, you'll enjoy humorous and historic insights into all that you see, getting to know the city's background. This bus even provides wifi, in case you want to show everybody how much fun you're having while you're having it! We live in strange times.
    San Francisco City Lights Evening Bus Tour

    323 Geary St, San Francisco

    • Get to know San Francisco during a 2-hour twilight tour
    • Travel the city aboard a comfortable double decker tour bus
    • Visit Chinatown, Marina, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Treasure Island
    • Enjoy insights and anecdotes about the city's culture and history
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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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    RocketBoat Ride

    Take a speedboat ride along San Francisco Bay! See sights like Pier 39, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, AT&T Park and the Bay Bridge on your 30-minute spin on the water, complete with awesome rock 'n' roll music and live narration from your friendly captain. This is the most fun and exciting way to see the Bay. Strap yourself into the 70-foot (21-meter) RocketBoat, the fastest and most nimble watercraft on San Francisco Bay. You'll fly across the water at speeds of up to 55 mph (81 kph) under the steady hand of your friendly captain, who'll entertain you with live narration about the sights you see. Pass the The Embarcadero, AT&T Park, Treasure Island, Alcatraz and sea lions, and travel under the Bay Bridge! You'll stop occasionally to enjoy unique sightseeing from the water and capture photos of these San Francisco landmarks. Your exciting ride is paired with a great rock 'n' roll soundtrack. Be prepared to get wet if you sit toward the back of the boat; the front of the boat tends to stay drier.
    RocketBoat Ride

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Take a high-speed sightseeing boat ride along San Francisco Bay
    • See famous sights like Pier 39, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, AT&T Park and the Bay Bridge
    • Enjoy a ride complete with awesome rock 'n' roll music and live narration from your friendly captain
    • Experience the iconic Bay in a fun and breathtaking new way
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    Bay Sail on San Francisco Bay

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    Feel the rush of the sea breeze in your face as you sail by the San Francisco skyline as it twinkles to life! Capture breathtaking sights going UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and by a colony of grunting sea lions. Or, if you'd rather protect your hairdo, take in the majestic views from the vantage point of the 360 degree protected viewing area. You can even combine the beauty of the harbor with the thrill of flight, as you lounge on a raised canvas net. You'll enjoy snacks and drinks for purchase as the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge floats above you. Soak in the Bay Area's unique beauty in style and comfort!
    Bay Sail on San Francisco Bay

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Experience the Bay Area with a beautiful sailing tour
    • See stunning iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the sea lions of Pier 39
    • Augment your surroundings with an optional audio tour
    • Feel the wind in your face or take it all in from the comfort of a protected viewing area
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