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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    San Francisco Bay Sunset Voyage

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    There is no better way to release the daily stress than with a leisurely sunset voyage around the scenic San Francisco Bay! Your journey starts at Pier 39, where you will board the classic 'Neptune' and cast away your worries. You will be living a life of luxury as you enjoy 5 tastings of Northern California's finest wines and nibble on light snacks, all while taking in the beautiful San Francisco skyline. Or, if you'd rather, sit back with a perfectly balanced cocktail. At the end of the trip, you'll even get the chance to purchase a glass or bottle of your favorite wine, to remind you of this amazing evening.
    San Francisco Bay Sunset Voyage

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Relax with a leisurely sunset voyage around the scenic San Francisco Bay
    • Board the classic vessel 'Neptune' and cast away your worries
    • Enjoy 5 tastings of Northern California's finest wines or a delicious cocktail as you nibble on light snacks
    • Take in breathtaking views of the iconic city skyline
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    "Wine Therapy" Voyage

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    There is no better way to release the daily stress than with a leisurely voyage around the scenic San Francisco Bay! Your journey starts at Pier 39, where you will board the classic "Neptune' and cast away your worries. You will be living the life of luxury as you enjoy tastings of Northern California's finest wines and nibble on light snacks, all while taking in the beautiful San Francisco skyline. Or, if you'd rather, sit back with a perfectly balanced cocktail. At the end of the trip, you'll even get the chance to purchase a glass or bottle of your favorite wine, to remind you of this amazing evening.
    "Wine Therapy" Voyage

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Release your daily stress with a leisurely voyage around the scenic San Francisco Bay
    • Board the classic vessel "Neptune' and cast away your worries
    • Enjoy tastings of Northern California's finest wines or a delicious cocktail as you nibble on light snacks
    • Take in breathtaking views of the iconic city skyline
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    2-Hour Sunset Wine Cruise

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    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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