Uncover the secrets of Alcatraz
Just off the coast of San Francisco Bay, you’ll find the island of Alcatraz. It’s all very peaceful now but during the years of 1934 to 1963, it was home to a maximum security federal prison. It housed some of America’s most dangerous criminals including the notorious gangster Al “Scarface” Capone and murderer Robert “Birdman of Alcatraz” Stroud.
The island was deemed the perfect place to have a prison of this kind as it was thought that it was almost impossible to escape from. Even if prisoners did, they would be greeted by the icy cold waters surrounding the island. Over the years, 36 inmates attempted to escape and they were either captured, shot or drowned.
Your visit will take you on a journey back in time as you wander around the old prison. Explore the cells and look out for where inmates dug holes in the walls to attempt to escape, see the remains of the wardens’ house and the dining area. Take a guided tour or listen to the audio tour to hear stories from prisoners and the guards and their families.