On July 6, 2016, Niantic, Inc. launched its popular Pokémon GO application to mobile devices around the world. The game utilizes GPS and augmented reality to help you discover Pokémon in the real world, and challenges you to become the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world. Millions of people around the world have joined in the quest to catch them all.
Similarly, Dreamforce brings thousands of people together in the busy streets of San Francisco, encouraging attendees to grow their careers and challenging them to think out of the box. This year, the 4 day extravaganza is scheduled to take place from October 4–7 in San Francisco, CA. Are you attending this year? If so, we’ve got your Pokémon quest covered. Here are the top places in San Francisco to play Pokémon GO and “Catch ‘em All” while attending Dreamforce:
Located on the westernmost border of San Francisco, adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the 3.5-mile stretch that is Ocean Beach is a perfect place to relax on the sand and watch the waves, or take a stroll.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 12.1 miles
– Pokemon spotted: Squirtle, Starmie, Electabuzz
– Advice: People have reported there to be 3 gyms at this location. Make sure to bring your strongest Pokémon and battle the current gym leaders for control to get the bonus coins and stardust.
With a panoramic view of Ocean Beach, Beach Chalet is a brewery and restaurant that features live music, an American bistro cuisine, and hand crafted ales.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 9.2 miles
– Pokemon spotted: Squirtle, Magnemite, Shellder, Gyrados
– Advice: Lures and lucky eggs come in handy here. There is a lot of activity around that makes it easy to power level yourself to gain access to stronger Pokémon.
Now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, Crissy Field is a former military airfield now open to the public. It is a great place to sit on the grass or take a walk on the trails while enjoying breathtaking views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 5.4 miles
– Pokemon spotted: Tentacruel, Staryu, Omanyte, Bulbasaur
– Advice: Bring a portable charger for your phone if you plan on spending some time here. You’ll want to leave the game on and get your steps in to hatch those Pokémon eggs.
California Academy of Sciences
Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution that houses an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum. All that excitement under one living roof!
– Distance from Dreamforce: 5.3 miles
– Pokemon spotted: Charmander, Snorlax
– Advice: Save your lures as there are always some that are active plus you’ll be preoccupied with all of the amazing animals and exhibits. But it doesn’t hurt to try and catch that rare Snorlax while waiting in those lines or taking a break to grab a drink.
Fort Mason Center
Located in the northern Marina District along the San Francisco Bay, Fort Mason Center is a former United States army post and a virbant cultural hub. For added benefit, street food vendor company Off The Grid host a weekly event there every Friday from 5 – 10PM PST till October 30th.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 3.5 miles
– Pokémon spotted: Dratini and Magikarp
– Advice: With so many exciting activities to do, it can get easy to keep the game tucked away in your pocket or bag. But make sure to spend some time (and maybe even use a lure at all the available Pokéstops) to attract and catch all the Magikarp that can be found here. Remember, you need 400 candies to evolve him to a Gyrados.
Located on the western edge of the Mission District, Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks perfect for picnics, lounging, walking your dogs, and enjoying amazing views of the city.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 3.6 miles
– Pokemon spotted: Nidoking, Paras, Clefairy, Ivysaur, Tauros and Lickitung
– Advice: Dolores park was selected as the starting area for San Francisco’s first Pokémon crawl. Since you find a cluster of lures here, it’s not a bad idea to combine that with a lucky egg to double all that experience you’ll get from the Pokémon popping up.
Located alongside the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street, the Ferry Building is the center of a transit hub connecting all of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and communities. Within the building, you’ll find shops of all sizes offering food in all its forms, and restaurants and cafés serving cuisines from some of San Francisco’s best chefs.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 1.0 mile
– Pokemon spotted: Bulbasaur, Dratini
– Advice: With a Pokéstop available at your disposal, using a lure and an incense is the perfect combination to help you capture enough Dratinis to get a Dragonair.
Another popular location on the Embarcadero is Rincon Park. Home to a large bow and arrow sculpture known as “Cupid’s Span,” this San Francisco landmark also offers an unforgettable view of the Bay Bridge.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 0.9 mile
– Pokemon spotted: Charmander, Seaking, Staryu
– Advice: With Charizard being one of the most sought out Pokémon, it’s not a bad idea to use an incense at this location considering the great opportunity to catch Charmanders.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Across the street from the center of Dreamforce, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis features breathtaking views, amazing amenities, exceptional customer service.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 0.3 mile
– Pokémon spotted: Unknown
– Advice: Reports of specific Pokémon have not come me, but it a prime spot as it was chosen as the location of the Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championship this year. With Pokéstops nearby, spend some time on the 2nd floor to meet some amazing people while catching all the Pokémon attracted by the lures.
Yerba Buena Gardens
Located right on top of Dreamforce, Yerba Buena Gardens is the name for two blocks of public parks located between Third and Fourth, Mission and Folsom streets in downtown San Francisco.
– Distance from Dreamforce: 43 ft.
– Pokemon spotted: Pinsir, Clefable, Jynx
– Advice: Incense and lucky eggs are a must. The amount of time spent walking around between Dreamforce sessions and activities is perfect for gaining a huge amount of experience and catching a large number of Pokémon.
Considering the numerous gyms and even larger number of Pokéstops, San Francisco is a great place for Pokémon trainers to do what it takes to become the very best. And for a week in October, it will become the center of career growth, thought leadership, and nonstop networking. Do you have what it takes to become the very best like no one ever was? We’ll find out soon.