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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    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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    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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    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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    Adventurous Horseback Tour

    Firetrucks and horses. Your inner child is going to have a field day with this tour. You'll be riding in a classic 1955 Mack Fire Truck (shiny red, of course) over the Golden Gate Bridge. This narrated, open-air ride will provide the perfect opportunity to check out the San Francisco skyline from up on high. Prior to the bridge, you'll tour the streets of San Francisco, and afterwards, the village of Sausalito. As though that's not enough, you'll also spend an hour exploring the California coastline on horseback. If you're worried about this tour being too eccentric, don't. It's San Francisco. You'll fit right in.
    Adventurous Horseback Tour

    650 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Scope out the Bay Area from the Golden Gate Bridge while riding in a mid-20th century firetruck
    • Embark on a tranquil horseback adventure along the scenic California Coast
    • Learn about San Francisco's history and culture during a narrated drive through its streets
    • Enjoy a unique tour during which you'll get know San Francisco while embracing its eccentricity
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    Beginner Aireal

    Board your magic carpet to the heights of your dreams! Airealism is the Art of Flying, the study of the dragon, and the pulsation of the heart. In this introduction to aerial acrobatics, you'll combine aerial, visual, and circus stunts in an elegant, energetic workout. This is the class for beginning aerialists to learn the fundamentals of aireal art, utilizing silks, rope, hoop, trapeze, and pole. Base movements of the Aireal Alchemy curriculum will be revealed, sequencing introduced, and strength and flexibility improved. Integrating ground motions with aero dynamics, professional instructors provide organized & safe tools to channeling comfort in the air. With continued studies, the alchemist will develop proper inversion techniques, and become familiar with aerial vocabulary, basic rigging, and safety procedures.
    Beginner Aireal

    1255 26th St, Oakland

    • Learn the essential ingredients for brewing the mystical concoction of Aireal Art
    • Experience full body and deep muscular activation and integration
    • Enjoy a uniquely satisfactory mind-body art & science
    • No experience required
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Summer of Love City Treasures Tour

    The summer of 1967: the time when hippies, yippies, freaks, and flower girls converged on San Francisco to make it the counter-cultural paradise it remains today. In the Summer of Love edition of the San Francisco Treasures tour, you'll get to learn the history of this magical and groovy time in a trip that takes you from the Embarcadero to the Golden Gate Bridge. While on the tour, you'll learn the stories of what made San Francisco such an amazing place 50 years ago, and you'll go by North Beach to learn about the beats and poets who congregated there. Plus, you'll get a unique waterfront view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
    Summer of Love City Treasures Tour

    250 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Travel on a guided tour through downtown San Francisco
    • Visit places like the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Coit Tower, and more
    • Experience a unique waterfront view of the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Learn the origins of the Summer of Love and San Francisco counter-culture from your knowledgeable guide
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