Things To Do While at Practice Fusion Connect 2012

The Practice Fusion 2012 user conference promises to be an exciting and fulfilling day. While you are in San Francisco, we hope that you have a chance to explore this wonderful city. Although San Francisco is home to Michelin rated restaurants, world-class museums, and high-end shopping, what makes this Bay Area city so special is the opportunity for a wonderful day at no cost! Here is a list of the top five free things to do in San Francisco:

  1. The Farmer’s Markets: San Francisco hosts local markets daily in different neighborhoods throughout the city. You can find samples of almost everything, from dark chocolate peanut brittle to the freshest fruit, all while seeing flowers of every color, shape, and size. The most notable is the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market every Saturday, which sees 25,000 shoppers every week.
  2. The Parks: On a beautiful fall day, you can find most San Francisco residents in one of our more than 200 parks. Whether exercising, reading, or picnicking, each park is unique and reflects the character of its neighborhood. The largest is Golden Gate Park which is home to the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States, a former NFL football field, and one of the world’s largest conservatories.
  3. The Views: While some may complain about the hills that separate San Francisco’s neighborhoods, they offer awe-inspiring views of the city and bay. To the north, you can see the hills of Marin County; towards the east, you see the impressive Bay Bridge; facing south you see a beautiful view of South San Francisco; and west offers a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean. Two of my favorite viewpoints are Coit Tower and Fort Point. Follow the nearly 400 steps to Coit Tower for a fantastic 360 degree panorama of the City by the Bay. Fort Point, a national historic site sitting under the Golden Gate Bridge, defended San Francisco during the Civil War. Standing atop the vantage points offers unique and breathtaking views of the bridge.
  4. The Festivals : From parades in Chinatown to the Folsom Street Fair to the Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco offers a wonderful celebration of culture, music, or art nearly every weekend. Each festival displays the local neighborhoods and offers an array of activities, food, and drink.
  5. The Bridge : One of the best ways to view the entire city is by walking across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. On weekends, there is a sidewalk on the east side of the bridge for pedestrians. This 1.7 mile long journey takes you 220 feet above the Bay and offers an unparalleled view of the San Francisco skyline.

-Ellie Healy has been an Account Manager for Practice Fusion since December 2011.