During winter break, we took the family on a little road trip to San Francisco. My husband and I have wanted to visit Alcatraz Island for quite some time and decided that we would do it on our last trip. It’s one of those things that is on our bucket list and sounded a bit touristy, but we couldn’t wait to make the visit and we wanted to take the kids.
The infamous penitentiary, is a mile and a half offshore from San Francisco and rich in history. Not only is touring the island taking a step back in time and a fantastic history lesson, it also fun to explore in a breath taking setting. Is it family friendly? You bet it is! This national park and treasure is one that you have to visit with the family. I promise you will have some fun!
The kids were excited about the boat ride over and more than excited to start exploring the island. Getting to the island is only about a 15 minute ferry ride and the kids loved it! It’s always fun to ride a boat when you’re a kid.
The National Parks have a fantastic junior ranger program for the kiddos and there is a great one at Alcatraz. The kids were more than ready to explore the island with both mom and dad.
What I loved about visiting Alcatraz, is that you tour at your own pace. You walk around as long as you want and make your trip what you want to make it. I think we only spent about three hours and that included exploring the island and taking the self guided tour with headsets of the penitentiary.
The kiddos loved being able to put on their headsets and learn all about the history of this famous place. They loved every second of it!
After a little walk around of the island we were ready to take the tour. Grab your headphones and be prepared for an interesting history lesson.
We had a great time and I can’t wait to head back this summer and take one of the evening excursions with my husband.
If you are planning to visit Alcatraz make sure to make reservations. This is imperative! I can’t tell you how many people were turned away on the day we were there because the day was sold out. If you are going plan on making a reservation. Alcatraz Tours is the only and official ferry service to the park. You can reserve your tickets by heading here. For additional information about this national park head here.