Things to do in San Francisco

Museums and Galleries

Tourist activities


Smart Phone apps

Getting Around (Muni, BART, taxis)

Museums and Galleries

There are several museums and galleries within a fifteen-minute walk of the hotel. A few are listed here.

Click here for more information on San Francisco museums or visit - a comprehensive guide to San Francisco Arts.

NEW! International Art Museum of America (no website, but click here for press release)- This non-profit, permanent art museum will officially open to the public on 15 October 2011.  The 21,000-square-foot facility will feature waterfall gardens, meeting and event spaces, and a gift shop. (1025 Market Street)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — Featured in November will be "Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break", "Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective", "The Air We Breathe", and "Jim Campbell: Exploded View" (151 Third Street)

Contemporary Jewish Museum — Exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas (736 Mission Street)

Cartoon Art Museum — From editorial cartoons to comic books, graphic novels to anime, Sunday funnies to Saturday morning cartoons, the Cartoon Art Museum has something for everyone (655 Mission Street)

111 Minna Gallery — Showcasing a unique blend of local and international artists, world class DJ’s, live performance, and film screenings (111 Minna Street)

Catharine Clark Gallery of Contemporary Art — In November, the gallery will feature the art of Ray Beldner and Nick & Sheila Pye (150 Minna Street)

Haines Gallery — Supporting both emerging and established artist who engage conceptually with an underlying interest in the descriptors of place. In November, the gallery will feature the art of Leslie Shows and Darren Waterston (49 Geary Street)

Venture a little further to find:


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Cartoon Art Museum

111 Minna Gallery

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Tourist activities

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San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; Enriches, serves, and shapes cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; Maintains financial stability and gains public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.

Davies Symphony Hall is located in the Civic Center area of San Francisco, between Van Ness, Franklin, Hayes, and Grove Streets. 


Cable Car Ride

Cable Cars, which vie with the Golden Gate Bridge as the symbol of San Francisco, are an irresistible way to see the city. Dress warmly and you can ride outside, catching visual treats that motorists routinely miss. Cable car tickets are sold by the conductors on the cable cars. One-way fare is $3.00, all-day pass is $9.00.

The California Line comes close to the meeting hotel. For routes and schedules, please visit The San Francisco Cable Car Website.

For Cable Car Heritage, visit the Cable Car Museum located at 1201 Mason Street. Admission is free.

Cable car under Golden Gate Bridge


Fisherman's Wharf

"A world famous tourist attraction and a thriving and vibrant local neighborhood and commercial area" with dining, shopping, and many entertainment opportunities. From the wharf you may take bay cruises, rent bikes, take walking tours, participate in wine tastings, catch a boat to Alcatraz and more. The web link above will take you to the official site of Fisherman's Wharf and complete listings of events.

Sea lions relax at Fisherman's Wharf


Golden Gate Park

Located on the north-west side of San Francisco (about 4 miles from the hotel) this park features an arboretum, conservatory, windmills, a heard of bison, and more. Visit the official Golden Gate Park website for a complete list of attractions and events.

Strawberry Hill at Golden Gate Park


San Francisco Zoo

"There's a lot to see in this urban oasis nestled against the Pacific Ocean. The Zoo is home to a stunning and important botanical collection as well as more than 250 species of animals, many of which are highly endangered. From the smallest insect to the tallest giraffe, you’re sure to find a story that touches and inspires you." Located near the southern portion of Ocean Beach, the San Francisco Zoo is a 25 minutes car ride or 24-40 minutes by public transportation. The zoo is open daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission is $15.00.

Tiger cubs at the San Francisco Zoo
Alcatraz Island

Offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public. The island is now in the providence of the National Park Service.

Alcatraz Island seen from Fisherman's Wharf



San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. The web link above will take you to the official Chinatown site and listings about attractions, culture, history, and events in Chinatown.

Entry gate to Chinatown


Mission District

So named because of Mission Dolores' presence (oldest Mission in the state), the area remains largely Hispanic in its population and feel. Truly authentic Mexican food is found here, particularly at 16th and Valencia. The link is to an SFGate article entitled "What's It Like?"

The original adobe Mission structure is the smaller building at left, while the larger structure is a basilica completed in 1918.


Castro District

One of the city's most vibrant and cohesive communities, saturated with stylish shops and bars so popular that patrons spill out onto the street. The link to an SFGate article entitled "What's the Castro Like?"

The rainbow-hued view down Castro Street (SF Gate photo by Cammie Toloui).


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Sporting events    

  • San Francisco 49ers (NFL) — Home vs. New York Giants at Candlestick Park on Sunday 13 November
  • San Jose Sharks (NHL) — Home vs. Minnesota Wild, 10 November and Home vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 12 November.

The Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors will be playing games out of town the weekend of the AMS meeting.

Candlestick Park - home to the 49ers


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Smart Phone Apps    
  • Free Muni apps for iPhone: BayTripper and Go To There
  • Free Muni apps for Android: AnyStop: MUNI, Bay Area Transit Tracker Pro, Droid Muni, MuniAlerts, and Wait For It...
  • A description and scannable QR Code for the following apps may be found at SF Weekly App. The site also lists many more sites for Mobile Web access.

  • SF Weekly App - A guide for what to see, where to eat, and what to do ... all on your smartphone for free.
  • Best Of... App - offers more than 10,000 of the best things to eat, drink, buy and experience in San Francisco and 29 other top US markets.
  • Happy Hours App - Shows all the food and drink specials going on near you.
  • SwamiCity San Francisco Pocket Concierge, referenced in the August 2011 AMS Newsletter, is a meta-app (over 25 apps in one) which includes travelinfo, transit tops, restaurants, events, entertainment, and more. To find out more, visit sthe SwamiCity PocketConcierge website.


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Getting Around    

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operates Muni bus, streetcar and metro service in San Francisco. Routes, schedules and rates are available at or by dialing 311 or 511 from your cell phone. Many stops now have Stop ID numbers which you can use to find out when the next departure will be. There are also iPhone and Android apps (see above).

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) provides train service throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. There is a BART station on Market Street right next to the meeting hotel, at the San Francisco International Airport, and a connection to the Oakland International Airport

Taxi service is available throughout San Francisco. Rates are $3.10 for first 1/5 mile, then $0.45 for each additional 1/5 mile and each minute of traffic delay. For a complete listing of taxi services and more information about rates, visit San Francisco


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