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The day i went to jail...

When i wanted to book the tour it was already full so i got a ticket for next day´s first departure. It costed $24 and it was really worthed.

We boarded the ferry on the Pier, the ferries have a snack and drink service on board. I went up on the sun deck despite the cold and wind, but it was another clear day so i didn´t want to miss the views.

A 20 min trip take us to Alcatraz Island, home of the Federal Prison where no one could ever scape. The worst criminals were put there and although there were several scape intents no one survived because they were either catched a few hours later, they died on the water or they just dissapeared. The water in the Bay is very cold that is why no one can swim all the way to the closest shore in mainland.

It´s very interesting to see a jail from inside and the audio tour was excellent. Once you get to the islands you can stay there all the time you want and come back on any available ferry.

travelman727 says:
I'm glad to see you made it to "The Rock". I'm surprised they let a crazy South American gal escape from the island :-D
Posted on: Feb 17, 2008
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one of my favorites
one of my favorites
Boarding the boat at 09.00 a.m
Boarding the boat at 09.00 a.m
View over Golden Gate Bridge from …
View over Golden Gate Bridge from…
Warning
Warning
View of the city from Alcatraz
View of the city from Alcatraz
The family houses
The family houses
Family Housing
Family Housing
Boat approaching Alcatraz
Boat approaching Alcatraz
Board at the entrance
Board at the entrance
Audiotour narrators, real correcti…
Audiotour narrators, real correct…
The narratos of the audiotour are …
The narratos of the audiotour are…
Cell with the prison rules over th…
Cell with the prison rules over t…
Time Square, Dinning hall
Time Square, Dinning hall
Metal detector
Metal detector
Broadway hall
Broadway hall
Way to the recreation yard
Way to the recreation yard
Games they used to play
Games they used to play
3 stores of cells
3 stores of cells
Famous Inmates
Famous Inmates
Isolation cells
Isolation cells
Isolation cells
Isolation cells
Library
Library
The prison library
The prison library
The library
The library
Battle of Alcatraz
Battle of Alcatraz
The officers who were hostages
The officers who were hostages
Gun Gallery
Gun Gallery
The key of the cells hanging up fr…
The key of the cells hanging up f…
Hostage Cells 402 & 403
Hostage Cells 402 & 403
Wall of shotting during the battle
Wall of shotting during the battle
Ventilation conducts that were use…
Ventilation conducts that were us…
Prisoner´s room
Prisoner´s room
Inmates cell
Inmates cell
The inmates used to have some hobb…
The inmates used to have some hob…
They could listen to the central r…
They could listen to the central …
Or play table games
Or play table games
Some of them used to draw
Some of them used to draw
Others did painting
Others did painting
They could borrow books from the l…
They could borrow books from the …
View over the city
View over the city
One of the two only windows from t…
One of the two only windows from …
Tiny window facing Golden Gate
Tiny window facing Golden Gate
For visitors of the prisoners
For visitors of the prisoners
Visitation rules
Visitation rules
The officers uniform
The officers uniform
Officers who died during escape at…
Officers who died during escape a…
House of the director
House of the director
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Me in Alcatraz!
Me in Alcatraz!
View over the bridge
View over the bridge
Beautiful skyline!
Beautiful skyline!
Prison main building
Prison main building
House of the director
House of the director
View of the Bay
View of the Bay
Graffiti made by the indigenous wh…
Graffiti made by the indigenous w…
Alcatraz 1934-1963
Alcatraz 1934-1963
Reception office
Reception office
Reception office
Reception office
Reception office
Reception office
Phone book
Phone book
Reception office
Reception office
Hundreds of visitors come to Alcat…
Hundreds of visitors come to Alca…
While they had visits
While they had visits
Cell of one inmate who tried to es…
Cell of one inmate who tried to e…
Intent of escape
Intent of escape
Cell with hole to escape
Cell with hole to escape
Board showing how the prisoners cl…
Board showing how the prisoners c…
Hole used to scape
Hole used to scape
Carved just with a spoon
Carved just with a spoon
Hole carved with spoons
Hole carved with spoons
Dinning Hall
Dinning Hall
Menu at Alcatraz
Menu at Alcatraz
Dinning Hall
Dinning Hall
Food was excellent they said
Food was excellent they said
The prison´s closure in 1963
The prison´s closure in 1963
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Inmates who used rubber heads to p…
Inmates who used rubber heads to …
View over San Francisco Hills
View over San Francisco Hills
The long streets of San Francisco
The long streets of San Francisco
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
Oakland Bridge from Alcatraz
Oakland Bridge from Alcatraz
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
Good tour and good tourist
Good tour and good tourist
Going back
Going back
End of a great visit
End of a great visit