Alcatraz island was originally used as an army fortress as well as military prison before it became the notorious maximum security prison it's name is now synonymous with. The prison officially closed in 1963 and stood empty for many years until it became a national park with historic gardens, tide pools and bird colonies as well as amazing views of San Francisco.
There were several 'cells' that were open to enter- needless to say it was a bit eery.
|These are the ruins of the Warden House-|
|We could not have asked for better weather and the views were killer (hehe)|
|This is a copy of the original sign that you see upon docking at Alcatraz|
The audio tour is award wining and able to keep both monkeys and adults entertained and informed-
The sound effects for the attempted prison escape and subsequent riots played out as an audio reenactment.
The monkeys were interested in the story behind the families of the prison staff which lived on the island and ferried into San Francisco for school and shopping.
We checked out a book from our local library called Children Of Alcatraz which shares photos and stories of the families lives.
The tour also included tidbits of some of the more notorious criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud 'The Birdman'-
On the advice of my favorite librarian- we rented Birdman Of Alcatraz a 1962 black and white film staring Burt Lancaster and the monkeys sat through, AND enjoyed, all 2.5 hours of it.
Have you ever visited Alcatraz or seen Birdman Of Alcatraz?