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A perfect day in San Fran – what to do when you’re not at Dreamforce

There are lots of guides for Dreamforce. Literally hundreds. To start, salesforce.com does a great job themselves compiling lists of various sessions, workshops and keynotes on their blog. But what do you do when the shows all over and you’ve got some time to kill? Here are some of the best things I’ve encountered through my years of experience attending Dreamforce.

Check out antique games machines at Musee Mecanique

Love arcade games? What Dreamforce attendee doesn’t? Head over to Musee Mecanique in Fisherman’s Wharf and check out one of the largest privately-owned collections of early 20th century penny arcade games and quirky pre-Nintendo wonders. Bring a handful of quarters with you so you can play some of the ancient games, including the miniature antique pinball machines.

Grab a taco at La Taqueria

When in Rome do as the Romans do. When in San Fran – eat Mexican food. It’s places like La Taqueria on Mission Street that give’s San Fran its culinary reputation. Tacos are made to order with the freshest ingredients and the portions are huge. Don’t be put off by the queues; they move really fast. I’ve eaten there a few times whilst at Dreamforce and it’s one of my all-time favourite places to refuel after a long day on the stand.

Watch the Sea lions at Pier 39

September is a great time to visit Pier 39’s K-Dock where California sea lions chose to camp out. Pier 39 is an old working pier that has transformed into one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The attraction homes dozens of shops and restaurants but the best reason to walk the pier is to spot the famous sea lions, who took over the waterfront back in 1989. Eventually so many moved in, the boats had to move out, and now they sprawl on the floating wooden docks all day. If you don’t get the chance to visit San Franscio’s famous mascots you can check out the squatters in action on this live webcam.

See how Fortune Cookies are made at Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

If you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, (although it doesn’t even take that long!) the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in China Town is a fun little pit stop. It’s also completely free – bonus!

Take a night-time tour of Alcatraz

Perhaps a more obvious thing to do in San Fran is to visit the world’s most famous prison, home to some of notorious criminals, AL Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. The hidden gem here is taking the tour at night.  The audio tour with ex-prisoners voices is particularly eerie and gives a real history into the prison. If you do want to do the night-time tour you’ll need to book your tickets well in advance.

Dreamforce is all about working hard and playing harder. San Francisco is a truly amazing city with tons to offer. So get exploring and make the most of it! And if you fancy joining me for a taco don’t forget to tweet me.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/Sairj Sarah Jones

    Great list Alex, I love San Fran.
    You should also check out The Wave Organ – a wave-activated acoustic sculpture located on a jetty in the Marina district, San Francisco Bay. Go at high tide for the best sound!