I had been to Alcatraz in August 1992 with my parents on our family vacation. Matt has never been. While I was searching for the different tour options I came across the night tours. They are only offered on certain dates/ seasons. I thought it would be really neat to see if at night. Maybe it would add to the scary effect!? Some people have said that they would rather go to Alcatraz in the day for their first trip. So I was a bit hesitant. Was Matt going to miss out on something by going at night? I am always second guessing my choices when it comes to vacations because I want everything to be memorable, perfect, and worth it! Matt actually got on me about this during this trip. I kept asking "Did you like it?" after everything we did. He told me to calm down and just enjoy myself. Not everything turns out the way you want.
Well I can assure you, making your first Alcatraz trip a night tour is totally worth it. I am so glad I booked it. When you arrive it is still daylight, so you can see the outside of the buildings with sunlight. We had some great opportunities while there. When we got back home from the trip Matt said the the Alcatraz tour was his favorite part of our entire vacation.
We also saw "Birdman's" cell/ hospital room. They kept him up there because he was so bad!
He took us in to Corridor A, which is locked during normal "business hours." Within this area there is a stairwell that goes DOWN. It leads to the underground area of Alcatraz. Many many moons ago there was a Citadel on the island and that building was incorporated in to the construction of the prison.
We got to go under the main prison to see the old construction, corridors, rooms, etc. It was fascinating. I don't want to give away too much just in case someone has the chance to go on the tour.We had to wear hardhats because the area is old and there are low ceilings.