|Approaching Alcatraz from the ship|
Our 1:10 p.m. departure time required us to be in line at 12:40 p.m. It takes a bout 12 minutes to get to the island. I made my reservation about two weeks before our midweek trip. I would assume a weekend trip would require an earlier reservation. The price for an adult and junior ticket is $26.00 A child's ticket is $16.00.
After getting off the boat, a ranger gives a short orientation. A hike up the hill through the old brick military barracks leads up the the prison. In the shower room you can collect an headset for the audio tour.
This tour is worthwhile. Last time I was here they had a ranger give the tour, the headsets allow them to put more people through the island.
|Ruins of the warden's house.|
We took the 4:20 boat back. About 4:40 we had diner at the hard Rock Cafe on Pier 39.
|A cell with hole from 1961 escape.|
|Alcatraz cell block|
|Golden Gate Bridge (allow about a hour to hike back and forth)|