If you are looking for fun, education, and fabulous views, cruise to the infamous and notorious former federal prison of Alcatraz, home to the likes of Al Capone. It's a National Park, and they offer an orientation video with historical footage, self-guided walks, exhibits and talks on topics such as "Famous Escapes." They also have actual interviews of former guards and inmates .
To reach the Cell House, you must walk up a steep hill. In addition to the famous prison, Alcatraz features some of the most spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate from the beautifully landscaped Agave Trail. A walk along the trail winds through a protected bird sanctuary, ending at a stone stairway which leads to the parade ground, formerly ringed by the houses of guards and their families. Fun for the whole family, it takes about 3 hours for the whole thing. Enjoy!!