Alcatraz Island is one of Golden
Gate National Recreation Area's most popular destinations, offering a
close-up look at a historic and infamous federal prison long off-limits
to the public. Visitors to the island cannot only explore the remnants
of the prison, but can also learn about the Indian occupation of 1969
- 1971, early military fortifications (the first U.S. fort on the coast),
and the West Coast's first (and oldest operating) lighthouse. These structures
and the island's many natural features - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies,
and bay views beyond compare - are being preserved by the National Park
Service which is working to make it accessible to visitors, preserve its
buildings, protect its birds and other wildlife, and interpret its history.
Next it's time for a ferry ride over to Alcatraz
Island where you can enjoy the only walking tour of the famous federal
penitentiary (included). Alcatraz Island was home to the likes of Al 'Scarface'
Capone, 'Machine Gun' Kelly and Robert 'The Birdman' Stroud. Become a
visitor to this notorious prison for the afternoon and see just how America's
criminals paid for their crimes. The Sony walkman audio cassette tour
allows you to listen to the many interesting artifacts at your own pace
as your travel through the penitentiary - Way Cool!