It takes a lot to entertain sophisticated travelers these days, but leave it to San Francisco to translate some intriguing tidbits of history into an out-of-the-box, underground attraction that meeting planners may want to include in their off-site activity suggestions. Escape Alcatraz is a drop ride and show simulating an escape from the infamous prison, including a (safe) jump off “The Rock.”

Presented by Merlin Entertainment at the new San Francisco Dungeon on Jefferson Street in the Fisherman’s Wharf district, it’s housed in a 25,000-square-foot, below-sealevel space. Visitors check in as “prisoners” and get a 60-minute, interactive, highly theatrical show in which actors posing as gamblers, thieves, harlots and hoodlums lead them through elaborate, 360-degree sets while relating tales of the prison and the Barbary Coast. Guests then strap into nine-passenger gondolas for the simulated “escape,” a 33-second experience with a sudden, 11-foot drop. 

Escape Alcatraz previewed on Halloween weekend. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.  

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.