Getting on/off public transportation and Alcatraz ferry; walking up to 2 miles total. Ramp to board Alcatraz ferry, 20 minute ride to Alcatraz Island. Walking up to one mile including steep hill (equaling four stories) from Alcatraz dock to penitentiary; tram available only for those unable to walk up/down the hill; uneven terrain.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, pancakes, French toast, waffles, breakfast potatoes, breakfast meats, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and grits, bakery selections, plus juice, milk, coffee.
We’ll take an iconic San Francisco streetcar to the Exploratorium at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. This museum of science, art, and human perception opened in 1969 and has attracted millions of visitors since. Its programs connect formal education and learning for fun. The Exploratorium encourages people of all ages to follow their curiosity and ask questions that can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, awareness, and understanding of how the world works. As we explore, museum staff will give demonstrations and introduce hands-on activities.
At the Exploratorium, we’ll have vouchers for food and a beverage.
We’ll walk from the Exploratorium to Pier 33 and board the ferry to Alcatraz. Alcatraz — “The Rock” — has been a Civil War fortress, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement, as well as the most infamous Federal penitentiary in the country. Upon arrival at the Alcatraz dock for our field trip, we will be greeted by a National Park Service ranger who will give a brief orientation, including information on any special activities available that day. The remainder of this field trip will be a self-guided exploration you can follow according to your own interests, at your own pace. National Park Service staff offer free programs to visitors throughout the day on topics such as escapes, military history, American Indian occupation, natural history, and more. There are numerous exhibits to see as well as a complimentary cell house audio tour covering the penitentiary era (1934-1963). At the conclusion of our field trip, we’ll return to the hotel versus public transportation.
In the hotel.
After dinner we'll be treated to a presentation by a local baseball coach.