This famous former maximum-security federal prison (and former home to Al Capone, among others) is now a national recreational area. The prison still stands, and tours are given daily. Learn the story of the “Birdman of Alcatraz”, and of the daring, impossible escape of 1962. You can even spend a few minutes locked in a cell with your child. Because this is such a popular destination, buy tickets for the ferry to the island several days in advance.

Contact no: (415) 981-7625

Location: Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94111

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