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Old 04-08-2013, 09:31 PM   #31
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Another fun tour is ride the ducks. I highly reccomend it!! I believe they have combo tickets that include both alcatraz & the duck tour. The duck tour is a boat that also drives on land that tours SF city & they give you these whistles that make a quacking sound & they quack songs & quack at people as you go by them. Its a blast!
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:47 PM   #32
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We went this past September, and my 8 1/2 DS LOVED Alcatraz!! We now have Alcatraz books, Alcatraz movies & Alcatraz cups! He didnt know much about it before hand, but had a small amount of background knowledge ( a couple of famous inmates, the famous escape) which Im sure helped his enjoyment. However, the audio tour is really well done and he had a great time exploring at his own pace. He was especially intrigued with the "escape", so much so that I purchased the DVD of Mythbusters recreating the famous "escape" as a Christmas gift. I really enjoyed the experience. I found it more intriguing then creepy but I was there in bright daylight....not the night tour
If you decide to go DEFINATELY reserve in advance!!! Our plans were up in the air, and a week out we were only barely able to secure a full day tour that included Angel Island. It turned out nicely but was not what we had set time aside for. If you have limited time in SanFran and want to schedule your time there...BOOK several weeks in advance or risk being frustrated or disappointed.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:08 AM   #33
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:18 PM   #34
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Ive tried to get my kids (16 and 14) to go for a few years. They just have no interest in going

Maybe I should buy some books and DVD's to get them interested....hmm, that might work.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:28 PM   #35
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My teen is bugging me for a trip to Alcatraz. He's 15 and we're a couple hours away.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:22 PM   #36
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My teen is bugging me for a trip to Alcatraz. He's 15 and we're a couple hours away.
They're completely sold out for tomorrow. They've got plenty of available times for Saturday though.

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Old 04-18-2013, 07:46 AM   #37
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Ive tried to get my kids (16 and 14) to go for a few years. They just have no interest in going

Maybe I should buy some books and DVD's to get them interested....hmm, that might work.
Once they see the DVDs and books, they won't need to go, lol. I've said before, I just don't get Alcatraz at all. It's cold, dark and depressing. I get the creeps there. In the 20 years I lived in SF I only went twice, once on a field trip as a child, then with a boyfriend and his family when I was 16. Both experiences were just lost on me. I don't get it.

My point is, if they aren't interested, don't make them go. It isn't a fun amusement park. It was a jail, people died there. I guess I just don't get the entertainment value. I don't want to visit old internment camps or slave plantations either though. I'm sure there's valuable history, I'd just rather read about it than go to these places first hand.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:18 AM   #38
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I was skeptical, but DS8 and DD7 loved Alcatraz, keeping the audio tour in sync between us all was a bit of a comedy of errors, but thus proved to be one of the highlights of the trip for them
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:22 AM   #39
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Absolutely!
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:49 PM   #40
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Thanks for all the responses. Just a month to go and we will be there. Getting excited to see California and Disneyland again.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:36 PM   #41
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Just booked the night tour on June 2nd. My children are DS11 and DD16 and both are very excited about going. Just watch a show abut prison breaks and the escape from Alcatraz. Got the kids even more excited. Can't wait for our CA vacation to start.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:49 AM   #42
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OP here & back with an update. Both DD`s liked it quite a lot. DD 12 thought the section of the audio tour about the riot & guards being killed was too scary. Turned out they liked it more than I did. Would highly suggest early tour if not doing night. We were on second tour and got most of audio tour in before it started getting very crowded which kind of detracts from it. Overall, good decision to go and thanks to all who posted.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:01 PM   #43
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Myself, DH and DD (aged 14) were on the 11 am tour only last week and really enjoyed it
Got some great photographs and I'd say it's a really thought provoking place to visit.
When I saw one of my work colleagues this morning she was telling me how her 10 year old son had seen the pictures and demanded a history lesson from her
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:13 PM   #44
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I thought the most interesting display was a replica of the kitchen's knife holder. Inmates who behaved were given jobs (and I think pay) and one of them was to cook. The knife holder had specific cutouts to match the shape of each knife, and each knife rested in its own specific cutout. At the end of the day if a knife was missing, the guards would know and they could place the prison on lock down.

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Just a follow-up. We just returned from our SF trip and did the night Alcatraz tour with DS(12) and DD(17) and both had a great time. Would totally recommended having kids go
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