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Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Hotel check-in starts at 3:00 PM. Program registration starts at 5:00 PM. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At 6:00 p.m. in our private meeting space, enjoy a plentiful buffet including salad with choice of dressings, entrée, dessert, lemonade, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Our program was planned far in advance when game schedules were not available. The information will be posted on our website when released and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Potentially cool weather for outside evening ball game.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: This morning we’ll head out to a local park to put our baseball skills to work. We'll have the opportunity to play a game of our own; bats, balls, and bases will be provided, but be sure to bring your own mitt and batting gloves.
Lunch: At AT&T Park, we’ll have box lunches with water.
Afternoon: Watch Major League Baseball action as the San Francisco Giants take on the Oakland Athletics. The Giants originated in New York City in 1883. They moved to San Francisco in 1957. After the game ends, we will board our motorcoach and begin our exploration of San Francisco with a local expert.
Dinner: While on our city exploration, we will stop for dinner at a neighborhood restaurant.
Evening: Our exploration of San Francisco continues.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach, walking at ballpark. Potentially cool weather for outside evening ball game.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, pancakes, omelettes, bacon/sausage, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals and breads, juice, milk, coffee.
Morning: We’ll depart via motorcoach to explore the home of the Giants, AT&T Park, heralded as one of the finest sports stadiums in the world, and the first privately financed major league ballpark in more than 50 years. With a member of the ballpark staff, we’ll go behind-the-scenes to see things up close including the dugout, visitors' indoor batting cage, press box, and a luxury suite. When our AT&T Park exploration concludes, we will head down to San Jose for an afternoon game.
Lunch: In a VIP box at the stadium, we’ll have vouchers for food and a beverage.
Afternoon: Sit back and enjoy minor league baseball at its finest. From our seats in the VIP box, watch a fast-paced game between the San Jose Giants and the Visalia Rawhides. Reboarding our motorcoach, we’ll head south to San Jose try our hands in the batting cages and pitching stations at one of the area’s best baseball academies. Bring your batting gloves and mitts, slugger!
Dinner: We will have dinner at a nearby restaurant before heading back to San Francisco.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off public transportation and Alcatraz ferry; walking up to 2 miles total. On Alcatraz ($38 value), walk from dock to cell house approximately 1/4 mile (.4km); elevation change 130 feet (40 meters). Roads and walkways are steep. Comfortable walking shoes strongly recommended. Those who cannot climb the steep roads can use the shuttle that runs twice an hour from the dock to the prison building drop off location and back to the dock; space is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll take a San Francisco streetcar to the newly expanded and re-located Exploratorium at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. This museum of science, art, and human perception opened in 1969 and has attracted millions of visitors since. Its programs connect formal education and learning for fun. The Exploratorium encourages people of all ages to follow their curiosity and ask questions that can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, awareness, and understanding of how the world works. As we explore, museum staff will give demonstrations and introduce hands-on activities.
Lunch: At the Exploratorium, we’ll have vouchers for food and a beverage.
Afternoon: We’ll walk from the Exploratorium to Pier 33 and board the ferry to Alcatraz. Alcatraz — “The Rock” — has been a Civil War fortress, federal prison, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, and birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement, as well as the most infamous Federal penitentiary. Upon arrival at the Alcatraz dock for our field trip, we will be greeted by a National Park Service ranger who will give a brief orientation including information on any special activities available that day. The remainder of this field trip will be a self guided exploration you can follow according to your own interests, at your own pace. Park Service staff offer free programs to visitors throughout the day on topics such as escapes, military history, American Indian occupation, natural history, and more. There are numerous exhibits to see as well as a complimentary cell house audio tour covering the penitentiary era (1934-1963). At the conclusion of our field trip, we’ll return via the same route. Walk back to the hotel at your leisure (about 7/10ths of a mile), or take a taxi on your own if you prefer.
Dinner: Hotel buffet. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: We will be joined by a Bay Area baseball coach who will share his tips for success on the ball field. When the talk has concluded, we will share our favorite stories of our week together.
Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
The friends made by both our grandson and us combined with our love for all things baseball made this program a lifetime experience for all.
Land of he Giants is excellent program for combining interest in baseball and visit to San Francisco.
Very well organized; the grandkids had a great time.
Connor and I had a wonderful time last week in San Francisco in the Land of Giants! I attended my first major league baseball game and Connor enjoyed seeing the diversity of the people in San Francisco as well as experiencing Alcatraz and some new foods in Chinatown and Japantown.
My grandson had high praise for the program, especially the baseball related activities
If your Grandchild loves baseball, this is the program for you. Beyond the baseball, the other excursions were great, especially the visits to Alcatraz. And the Exploratorium. The group leader was friendly, available, but not over controlling.