Activities for Cisco Live Tag-A-Longs

Cisco Live is a super geeky event. It’s also an event that happens in some cool places. One of the side effects is that sometimes our families come along for the ride. Last year Cisco Live was in Orlando, the theme capital of the world. My wife and kids spent a week enjoying themselves at Universal Studios and other local attractions. Due to the early conference date and my wife and kids conflicting school schedule, I’ll be leaving them behind this year.

For those traveling with their spouse and children, San Francisco can be also be a fun place to explore. This post is a short list of some of the places and things I can personally recommend.

See the Majestic Redwoods at Big Basin State Park

Big Basin

Big Basin State Park is about about 60 miles from San Francisco. Visitors will find walking trails and have the opportunity to see the father of the forest.

Take in a Scenic Beach View at Davenport

Davenport Beach

Davenport, about 70 miles from San Francisco, is located near the Big Basin State park. The beaches are beautiful and rugged, but this area isn’t like the tourist traps I often see on the east coast.

Visit the Stanford Campus


Those looking at Universities could arrange a visit to the beautiful Stanford campus.


Tour Alcatraz


Alcatraz is the most famous prison of all time. It was once home to criminal Al Capone. Cruises to the island are accessible from the pier at San Francisco’s embarcadero. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.


Spend the Day at San Francisco’s Embarcadero


Let’s face it, this area is a tourist trap. At about a mile and a half away, it is very close to Moscone Center. Here visitors will find everything from the Hard Rock cafe to street performers.


Visit the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge View from Boat

The Golden Gate Bridge is another American icon located just minutes from Moscone.

Attend the CAE and See Lenny Kravitz

Lenny pic

Friends and family 21 or older can always get a Social Event Pass from the Cisco Live Registration page. This will allow access to the Cisco Live Customer Appreciation Event. At $195, I’d also recommend taking advantage of some of the other benefits (but those are probably only of interest to us geeks).

These are only a few of the options available to tag-a-long visitors in San Francisco. If you have additional suggestions you’d like to share, please do so by commenting below.

Disclaimer–I enjoy Cisco Live as a Cisco Learning Network Designated VIP. I receive no financial compensation for my participation or this article from Cisco or any other entity.

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About Paul Stewart, CCIE 26009 (Security)

Paul is a Network and Security Engineer, Trainer and Blogger who enjoys understanding how things really work. With over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Paul has helped many organizations build, maintain and secure their networks and systems.
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