On the hunt for your next California camping adventure? Consider a visit to Alcatraz Island. It's a place that is rich in culture and history. You'll be sure to have a great time.
Alcatraz Island is located off the coast of California and is accessible only by ferry from San Francisco Bay or nearby Angel Island. This island is quite small in size at only 22 acres but is a property of great historical significance. From 1934-1963, Alcatraz was home to a military prison. In 1963, it was transitioned into a maximum security federal penitentiary center which housed such infamous prisoners as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Though many escape attempts were made over the years, Alcatraz Island officials maintain that none were successful due to the intense currents and heavily shark-infested waters. From 1969-1971, Alcatraz Island was host to the Indians of All Tribes who inhabited the area to rally for freedom and equitable civil rights for Native Americans.
Today, Alcatraz Island is an extremely popular attraction. Access to the island is only granted by ferry, and there is a fee associated with round trip travel. Reservations are highly recommended. Ferry trips sell out often and early, so it is wise to plan well in advance of a trip.
Alcatraz Island still bears a number of its original landmarks for families to visit. The on-site Civil War fortress is now home to a bookstore. There is also a theater which shows daily orientation films as well as private tours of the abandoned prison.
Alcatraz Island is considered part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is one of 400 national parks in its crown. The area is a known haven for colonial nesting seabirds that can be viewed from their chosen quarters in rocks found offshore.
For an interesting day trip you'll not soon forget, bring the family to visit Alcatraz Island. It's a great place for a little getaway.