5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

April 20, 2018

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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    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular sunset cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries, while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride! The route taken is dependent on the weather and winds each day. This tour generally goes by some of these sights: into Fisherman’s Wharf, towards the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island and to the Bay Bridge and McCovey Cove baseball park.
    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular sunset on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
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    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Premium

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular sunset cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries, while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride!
    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Premium

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular sunset on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
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    Escape the Penitentiary

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    You've woken up, locked in a prison cell. But not just any prison cell. This is where Walter White, one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, died. You are crippled by the fear that he might still be alive. You need to VAMOOS! In this interactive game, you'll have the chance to work with friends, family, and complete strangers to get out of this locked cell. Your courage and teamworking skills will be put to the test during this time-sensitive mission. With a 13% escape rate, this game will stretch your mind as far as it will go.
    Escape the Penitentiary

    5327 Jacuzzi St, Richmond

    • Get out of a locked prison cell an infamous serial killer died in
    • Use your intellect and wits to decipher clues and escape in under 60 minutes
    • Work together with friends and complete strangers to discover the truth behind this spooky situation
    • Enjoy the thrill of the time crunch and the terror of the ominous challenge
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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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    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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    Chinatown & North Beach Night Walking Tour

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    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

    400 Grant 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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    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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