San Francisco is home to an abundance of well-known attractions, many offering unique meeting and event space for groups. From arts & culture-themed venues to sports-related activities, here are a few attraction-based sites to consider.
Aquarium of the Bay
Featuring 50,000 square feet of building space, the Aquarium offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and the city skyline. Conveniently located at PIER 39 and historic Fisherman's Wharf, it is easily accessible from many area hotels and public transportation. Event space can include special elements such as 300 feet of crystal-clear tunnels through which to view some of the 30,000+ aquatic animals from the Bay. Naturalist-led tours and optional event services and equipment are also available. More information here.
Not just home to the San Francisco Giants, the city's champion Major League Baseball team, AT&T Park also boasts one-of-a-kind event opportunities across multiple facilities. In addition to the ballpark itself, Giants Enterprises space includes The Gotham Club, a speakeasy-style private lounge; Pier 48, with more than 125,000 square-feet of indoor space; and Lot A, a flexible outdoor location next to McCovey Cove. Add-ons such as Ballpark tours and a customized Waterfront 5K run can be added to events at AT&T Park and within the area. More information here.
The Exploratorium's waterfront home along the historic Embarcadero offers spectacular views of both the city and the bay. Event space options include the renowned science museum's multiple galleries of extensive hands-on exhibits, as well as the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery and Terrace, a marvel of glass, steel and cutting-edge technology. The Exploratorium is an imaginative and interactive setting. More information here.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Fans of the fine arts and of dramatic, classic space will appreciate the event opportunities at the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. At the de Young, guests can discover an architectural landmark in the heart of Golden Gate Park, with space for grand galas or intimate VIP dinners, with a glass-walled observation tower for 360-degree views of the park and beyond. Farther north and commanding an impressive viewpoint for the Golden Gate Bridge, the Legion of Honor is a longtime favorite for private events. The Beaux Arts building offers indoor and outdoor options, including space amidst an impressive Rodin sculpture collection. More information on the de Young here and the Legion of Honor here.
The historic Presidio offers a collection of unique and historic event venues, many with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the expansive park grounds. From the Spoanish Colonial Revival building Golden Gate Club, to the historic Presidio Officers' Club and Log Cabin, to unique dining and recreational spaces, you can find authentic San Francissco venues to suit your needs.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Re-opened in 2016 after a remarkable expansion, the unique and modern space at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art includes soaring cathedral ceilings, open-air sculpture gardens, a living wall, and terraces to the cityscape. Its five floors of event space and six floors of galleries offer sophisticated and modern venues for a corporate or personal reception, celebration, dinner or award show. More information here.
Walt Disney Family Museum
With a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and surrounded by the beauty of the Presidio, the Walt Disney Family Museum offers a unique San Francisco setting for meetings in their converted army barracks facilities. In addition to galleries showcasing materials and technologies to frame the story of Walt Disney, the museum also contains a 123-seat screening room, a learning center, a store and cafe. Guests can enjoy special exhibitions in the 2,000 square foot Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall. More information here.
More information on meeting space in San Francisco, including planning tools, ideas for attendees, SFMeetCulture™, and a venue search, can be found on SFTravel.com's Meeting Planners section. And, don't forget that for travel planning, United Airlines makes it easier with United Meetings. Benefits include discounted airfare and productivity credits for program attendees. For more information, please visit United Meetings.