The tour of the island centers around the cell block that contained the inmates though there were other buildings on the island to house the prison guards and their families. Visitors to the island get a complimentary audio tour that guides them strategically through the jailhouse. The audio tour is narrated by former guards and prisoners of Alcatraz Penitentiary. It is very informative and most of the kids were please with how interesting it was to listen to the commentary and stories of those individuals.
We ended our tour and boarded the boat back to the mainland around 11am. The group then set out in predetermined, student-selected groups of 6 or more to explore the city. Some groups explored various parks in the area, others visited Chinatown, but most headed up to Union Square and the Financial District for shopping.
The crew reconvened at the hotel later in the evening for dinner. A twenty minute walk to Chinatown brought us to the Chinatown Restaurant for the group dinner. The group chowed down on sweet and sour chicken, egg rolls, beef and broccoli, lo mein noodles, friend rice, plenty of veggies, and green tea iced cream. It was a feast for a Chinese King! We will all be heading to bed full tonight dreaming of Chinese dragons and fortune cookies.