Adventure Time: Alcatraz Island

On Tuesday, Grant and I decided to play hooky and go a date to Alcatraz Island. I've always wanted to go to Alcatraz not only because I've never been, but also because there was an exhibit by Ai Wei Wei that's closing on the 26th. We reserved tickets online and took the F trolley to Pier 33 to board the ferry. I wished I was able to be in the bay more often. The view from there is so pretty. 

The kite below was definitely my favorite piece of Ai Wei Wei's exhibit. The colors of the kite were so beautiful and inspiring. 

Ai Wei Wei at Large exhibit on Alcatraz

The installation below was also really cool. It was all made of lego. I can't wait to have my house one day or have an opportunity to make a giant lego installation. I would to do some cool lettering. 

Ai Wei Wei at Large exhibit
Windows on Alcatraz

After looking at the exhibit we went to the Cellhouse to do the audio tour. The cell block is kind of gives me chills as I thought about all the things that happened there and the stories that were told on the audio tour. I really enjoyed the audio tour and would highly recommend it. 

Alcatraz cell block
Solitary confinement on Alcatraz
Mini window with a view of the San Francisco skyline

The hospital is not part of the audio tour, but was interesting and a little creepy to walk through.  

Hospital on Alcatraz
San Francisco skyline

After Alcatraz, we decided to continue being tourist and went to Boudin at Pier 39 to get some clam chowder in a bread bowl and Trish's Mini Donuts. Skip the churros and get the fresh and warm mini donuts. We tried a churro from a stand and it was no good.

Trish's Mini Donuts at Pier 39

We walked around with our donuts. They didn't last long. :) We found some musical stairs. I haven't seen them at Pier 39 before but remember there was a The Fun Theory sponsored by VW did this back in 2009 in Stockholm. They're really fun to walk up and down cause a note is triggered at each step.

Musical stairs at Pier 39

And of course we didn't forget to pay the sea lions a visit. They're so silly. I loved watching them hop all over each other, bicker, swim, and look up at the sky. 

Sea lions at Pier 39

Such a fun day in San Francisco! I love playing tourist in this beautiful city. I've lived in SF for 5 years now, and I still don't feel like I've done everything I want to here. Until my next adventure, have a fantastic weekend!