These people know their history and really know how to bring it alive. The trippy Magic Bus tour was produced by the same people who created the Alcatraz audio tour; both are rich with archival materials and deliver glimpses into what life was like on Alcatraz and in 1960s San Francisco.
Arrive at Alcatraz, a former federal prison that's now a National Park and get a brief orientation to the maximum security facility, which operated from 1934 to 1963. Pick up your 2.5-hour self-guided audio tour, available in 10 languages, and start exploring. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates and learn about the stints that famous inmates like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone served. When you're finished looking around, hop on the next ferry (ferries depart every thirty minutes) and head back to Pier 33.
Spend as long as you like exploring Alcatraz, then hop back on the ferry, which leaves every 30 minutes, for the ride back to the city. Your day of exploring the city's history ends here.
This tour really was fun. The actress was very lively and entertaining but also very knowledgeable. I had gone on some hop-on/hop-off tours for two days prior, and she gave more information about different area's of the city than those tours did. This tour is not for everyone. You need to love music, history, and fun and have a sense of humor. There is a lot of tongue in cheek humor including the handing out of mints (LSD) to put you into the "right frame of mind" for the time. This tour comes complete with a 3-D bus (and glasses), retractable screen show, flowers for your hair, and singing along to great music. Wait until you experience the "Wizard of Oz" Munchkins dancing to "Route 66." The actress (I cannot remember her name, dark shag hair, little space between her teeth, groovy clothes) and the driver (can't remember his name either, blonde shag hair and groovy clothes) were impeccably dressed in 1967 garb and encourage all riders to do the same. I would do this again in a heartbeat even without the Alcatraz tickets-but that is a fantastic extra and this is a brilliant and fun way to get them. This was a lot of fun, a lot of history (reminders of a time not so long ago) and the continuous stream of bubbles coming from the bus was a great touch! Peace Out until the next time
Great fun tour. Loved the tour guide she was brillian.
More fun on the magic bus than we could have imagined! Alcatraz tour is a must.
Bus tour was quirky and we loved it
Something completely different to hop on hop off buses! We were taken back in time with music, videos and points of interest in San Francisco. Our guide was wonderful, even wishing bystanders peace and love, sometimes even a flower. Unfortunately had to find our own way back to pier 33 for Alcatraz tour, was only 15 including tips by taxi. Tour was great, will need to watch Alcatraz movies again now so I can tell everyone I have been there!
Not your typical SF tour!! So different and so much fun! My kids were the only young ones on our tour and didn't quite understand a lot of the tour they wanted to know more about what LSD was, but we really enjoyed it. I probably would not have included kids just because that's a lot to pay for each kid when they aren't really understanding what is going on. But a great tour for adults for sure! You don't get to see all aspects of what you would see on a normal SF tour bus, but that's the whole point!
This was one of the best tour experiences we've ever had. The Magic Bus was perfect for seeing San Francisco through the eyes of the 1960's. See Haight-Ashbury as it was and now is, envision the Fillmore with standing room only, imagine parks filled with rock and hippies. It was an excellent journey for those of us who remember the 60's. Combining this with Alcatraz made a full day, but with time to grab lunch at Pier 1. I highly recommend this combo tour for folks who appreciate the 1960's!
I was highly impressed with the technology on the bus and with the friendliness of the driver and tour guide! The tour guide was perfect for the Magic Bus trip! I did however expect, for some reason, that the tour would end somewhere near the pier. But plenty of time to get there. And I probably didn't read something i should have.
fun and informative
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