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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    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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    Private Flight for 2

    Oh sure, you saw San Francisco when you flew in, but did you tap on the pilot’s shoulder and ask him if he could please slow down near the Golden Gate bridge because you’re trying to take a sweet photo for the insta-followers? Of course not. That would be silly. But, what if there was a way to see everything from above and walk away with decent photos? There is. SF Air Tours is here to take you on the Golden Tour of San Francisco’s skies! Enjoy views of Downtown Oakland, Bay Bridge, Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, and more. You’ll have so many photos your phone will freeze. Good thing you brought a camera.
    Private Flight for 2

    8433 Earhart Rd, Oakland

    • Experience San Francisco from 1000 feet above
    • Fly like a bird -- or at least ride passenger and enjoy a birds-eye view
    • Take unique photos from above -snap all of your favorite San Fran locations in a high-wing plane for the complete view
    • Enjoy views of Downtown Oakland, Bay Bridge, Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, Pacific Coast, Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, and Port of Oakland
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    City Lights Sunset Flight

    Want to show someone special just how much they really are “the wind beneath your wings?” Take your romance to the air during this sunset flight over San Francisco! Also a great intimate outing for friends or family, this breathtaking adventure takes place aboard a small airplane capable of holding up to six guests. With each seat enjoying a window view, you’ll be able to easily take in the stunning sights below thanks to the flight’s low altitude. Check out the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, Sausalito, The Port of Oakland, and Downtown San Francisco from an entirely new perspective. Flights are multilingual, and you’ll get the lowdown on what you’re looking at as you fly. This tour won’t let you down! Until it's time to land, of course.
    City Lights Sunset Flight

    1 Airport Dr, Oakland

    • Soar over San Francisco at sunset during an intimate 45-minute flight
    • Enjoy incredible low-altitude views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and more
    • Plan a romantic trip for a loved one, or a special outing for friends or family
    • Feel the thrill of riding aboard a small passenger plane at twilight
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    Tandem Paragliding

    Unless you get a great window seat in first class, flying is terrible. You’re cramped, the air is stuffy, and the baby behind you won’t stop crying. If only flying was as magical as it is for birds. Experience flight the way it’s meant to be, with tandem paragliding. You’ll be harnessed up to an expert pilot after going over safety instructions. Then you’ll defy gravity and soar like an eagle over gorgeous rolling hills and beautiful scenery. Your pilot will have total control of the flight so you can get the most enjoyment out of your ride. What are you waiting for? Spread your wings with Elite Paragliding.
    Tandem Paragliding

    San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco

    • Take to the sky with the exhilarating experience of Paragliding
    • Stay safe and secure as you harness to your expert pilot, tandem-style
    • Learn the about the different phases of paragliding
    • Experience incredible views and a rush like no other
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    Bridge to Bridge Cruise

    Go under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge on this scenic cruise along picturesque San Francisco Bay. Pass Alcatraz, Treasure Island and AT&T Park, and enjoy views of the city skyline dotted by Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Palace of Fine Arts and more. Fascinating audio commentary lets you learn about the construction of these famous bridges, as well as San Francisco’s unique architecture, history, geology and culture.
    Head to Fisherman's Wharf in the afternoon to board your cruise. Then, sit back and relax as your expert captain takes you along picturesque San Francisco Bay.

    Pass Alcatraz Island and soak up views of San Francisco’s stunning skyline, dotted with famous landmarks and attractions including Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, the iconic Transamerica Pyramid and the domed Palace of Fine Arts.

    Have your camera ready as you cruise under the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, where the Pacific spills into San Francisco Bay. You’ll get unparalleled views from right underneath the bridge!

    You’ll also travel under the colossal Bay Bridge, linking San Francisco with Oakland and the rest of the East Bay. Admire Treasure Island and snap photos of AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

    Throughout your cruise, audio commentary – available in 16 languages – teaches you interesting facts about how these bridges were built. You’ll also learn about San Francisco’s unique architecture, history, geology and culture.

    Your vessel features restrooms and indoor and outdoor seating. You’re free to bring your own lunch on board to enjoy while you take in the sights, and there is also a full bar and snacks available for purchase.
    Bridge to Bridge Cruise

    Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

    • Travel under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge on a scenic cruise of San Francisco Bay
    • Hear fascinating audio commentary about the construction of these famous and historic bridges
    • Take in spectacular views of Alcatraz, Treasure Island, AT&T Park, and the city skyline
    • Learn about San Francisco’s unique architecture, history, geology and culture
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    Luxury Tour of San Francisco

    “One day if I go to heaven… I’ll look around and say ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.’” -- Herb Caen We agree! Join SF Luxury Coach on a 3-hour tour of this gorgeous city. You’ll see attractions such as Embarcadero Center, the cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, Coit Tower and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But it doesn’t just stop there! You’ll also have a chance to see North Beach, Pier 39, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, The Presidio, Alcatraz, Buena Vista Park, Cable Car Museum and many other spots! We’re sure you won’t find another San Francisco tour quite as extensive as this one. Get a real taste of the city -- you’ll fall in love.
    Luxury Tour of San Francisco

    426 Fillmore St, San Francisco

    • Embark on an extensive tour of the beautiful city of San Francisco
    • See attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and more
    • Fall deeper in love with the city as you view all the must-see spots
    • Make sure to bring a camera to capture the wondrous landmarks
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    Sunset Catamaran Cruise

    Enjoy the serene San Francisco Bay at sunset on this evening with the Sunset Cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran. Sail by Alcatraz Island, under the Golden Gate Bridge and look for sea lions, then cruise down the city skyline.

    On this unforgettable evening cruise, you will:

    • Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and two complimentary drinks
    • Sail by the historic Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Cruise by the spectacular San Francisco city skyline from under the setting sun
    • Experience a colony of grunting sea lions and other sea critters

    Both the Adventure Cat 55' or 65' catamaran are complete with a 360-degree, protected viewing area for those who don't like the wind in their faces as well as canvas trampoline nets where you can experience the ocean and sights in the open sea air.

    Sunset Catamaran Cruise

    Embarcadero, San Francisco

    • Sail along the spectacular San Francisco city skyline under the setting sun aboard a luxurious catamaran
    • Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and two complimentary drinks to keep you both entertained and refreshed
    • Take superb photos of the historic Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Pass by colonies of sea lions and other sea critters while taking in the gorgeous sunset
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    2-Hour Sunset Wine Cruise

    Set a course for relaxation on a luxurious evening cruise of the San Francisco Bay. Leaving from the picturesque Pier 1.5, you’ll pass under the stunning, imposing frame of the Golden Gate Bridge. Out on the open water, you’ll watch the fiery ball of the setting sun sink into the Pacific while the lights of the bridge and the city twinkle into life. If it’s a full moon, you’ll be delighted with the special experience of the moon rising over the land while the sun sets over the water. Here, you’ll sit back and relax as you toast to the beauty of the Bay Area at night.
    2-Hour Sunset Wine Cruise

    Pier 1.5 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

    • Sail the waters of the scenic San Francisco Bay at sunset
    • Sip a glass of your favorite wine as you watch the sun sink into the Pacific
    • A unique and relaxing way to experience the beauty of the Bay Area
    • Personalize your tour with specific sites you want to visit
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    Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

    Spend an evening exploring two of San Francisco's vibrant areas for food and nightlife on a walking tour through Chinatown and North Beach. On their own, they will stir your senses. Together, they awaken you to new flavors, ancient cultures, and a diverse lifestyle.

    You'll start your walking tour in Chinatown. Explore the area by twilight, including tasting dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the area. Delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture.

    Search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery and uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. You'll be astonished by the new finds in secret alcoves and the wonderful aromas and taste of some of the best coffee, dim sum, and other food on this two-hour tour.

    Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

    North Beach, San Francisco

    • Explore two of San Francisco's food and nightlife hubs on a walking tour through Chinatown and North Beach
    • Sample dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the area
    • Search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and uncover hidden secrets only locals know
    • Awaken your senses to new flavors, ancient cultures, and diverse lifestyles
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    Chinatown & North Beach Night Walking Tour

    Be awakened to new flavors and unique cultures as you taste your way through Chinatown and North Beach on this walking food tour! Explore Chinatown by twilight, tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the neighborhood, as you delve into Chinese mysticism and culture. Then, learn about local sculptures and architecture. Remember: Tea is to Chinatown as North Beach is to wine, and on this tour you’ll get to try both! Search out the authentic Chinatown and North Beach\Little Italy, while you uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. Sample great local bites in the places whose history made San Francisco what it is today, and leave knowing that you’ve really experienced all Chinatown and North Beach have to offer!
    Chinatown & North Beach Night Walking Tour

    2179 12th Ave, San Francisco

    • Be awakened to new flavors and taste your way through Chinatown and North Beach
    • Explore Chinatown by twilight, tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the neighborhood
    • Hear stories and insider tips from your local guide about restaurants and sights you pass
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