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  • Address: 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123, USA
  • Hours: Open year-round

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Palace of Fine Arts

Like a fossilized party favor, this romantic, Greco-Roman ruin is the memento San Francisco decided to keep from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Indeed, the Palace is a favorite wedding photo location for many couples in the San Francisco Bay area. But many come just to simply gaze up at the rotunda relief and glimpse "Art Under Attack by Materialists, with Idealists Leaping to her Rescue".

The exhibition hall, which originally housed Impressionist paintings during the exposition, was once home to the Exploratorium, a state of the art interactive science museum that moved in Spring 2013 to Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. Now the venue hosts occasional concerts and events but is not generally open to the public. The inside is not the main attraction after all.

The nearby lagoon, fringed with Australian eucalyptus trees, was intended to echo those found in classical settings in Europe, where water serves as a mirror to reflect the grand buildings. The tranquil lagoon is also home to ducks, swans, sea gulls, and geese, who put on graceful displays for passersby.

Practical Info

In the Marina District, The Palace of Fine Arts stands alongside Palace Drive. It’s easily accessible by car and public transportation, and close to the Presido and the Golden Gate Bridge. With views of San Francisco Bay, the park is a perfect spot for an afternoon picnic.

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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

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Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo, San Francisco, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 110 Reviews

See all of San Francisco's top attractions over two or three consecutive days with this special Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour and combo package. Create your own ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 or 3 days

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San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour, San Francisco, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

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Enjoy the beauty of San Francisco's waterfront plus superb vistas of Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay on this comprehensive half-day guided tour. It's ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.00
San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip, San Francisco, Bus & ... 
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San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

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Treat yourself to a deluxe combination tour containing all of the best that San Francisco has to offer: city tour, the giant redwoods of Muir Woods and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.00
Private San Francisco City Tour, San Francisco, Super Savers
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Private San Francisco City Tour

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See some of San Francisco’s top attractions from a comfortable car on this private 4-hour tour with an informative guide. The tour will give you a ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.78
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San Francisco GoCar Tour

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It's the most exhilarating, entertaining and enlightening way to see San Francisco - the first-ever GPS-guided storytelling car! The clever talking car ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $63.08
San Francisco Urban Adventure Tour, San Francisco, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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San Francisco Urban Adventure Tour

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Get off-the-beaten-track on an Urban Adventure in San Francisco! Discover the city's hidden gems and trek through the streets of San Francisco on your open-air ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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