Legendary Alcatraz Island: A Scenic Visit to the Abandoned Federal Prison

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Audio tour
Audio tour in English
Route length: 1 mile
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Duration 1h - 2h
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  • You'll receive a self-guided audio tour right after booking
  • Explore the history and outdoors of the storied Alcatraz prison via in-app audio tour
  • Learn the thrilling first escape attempt story and how the escapees were punished
  • Enjoy the sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco
  • Get to know the world-famous prisoners of Alcatraz, Al Capone and Robert Stroud
  • Fancy yourself the military elite and unveil the obscure luxuries of life on the Island
Alcatraz Island used to host a Civil War fort, a military prison and a notorious namesake federal prison till 1963. This tour will show how the maximum-security Alcatraz prison operated across the 17 important open-air sites and narrate its eventful past. The journey starts at Pier 33, where you will board the ferry to Alcatraz Island and listen to its history dating back to the Gold Rush era. Later on, you will enter one of the oldest buildings there, the neglected Military Guard House that was a cutting-edge fortification to defend California back then. Climbing up the rocks, you will pass by the stately shell of the Officers' Club where officers and their families would gather to play bingo, watch movies and celebrate holidays. As you approach the immense Cellhouse, where the most dangerous criminals in the whole U.S. used to lodge, its scale will amaze you. Looking at the imposing Warden’s House ruins nearby, you will imagine the lavish cocktail parties that the first warden would throw here. On your way up, you will admire the blooming West Side Gardens like a few lucky prisoners would, who worked there instead of the industry buildings. Finally, you will reach the island's summit and get back to 1936, when the first dare-devil inmate Joseph Bowers took his chance to escape and learn his fate. Join the tour to walk the secluded rocky grounds and discover how the Alcatraz residents, both imprisoned and free, lived and enjoyed it there!

What's included

  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone on the WeGoTrip app
  • Detailed route from stop to stop with live GPS map on your smartphone
  • Tickets to the ferry to Alcatraz Island ($50.15 for adults, including a visit to the Cellhouse)
  • Earphones — you should use your own
  • Earphones and smartphone are not included – bring your own
  • In-person tour guide

Places you will visit

The route of the tour goes within circle
Pier 33
United States, San Francisco
United States, San Francisco

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