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  • Address: 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123, USA
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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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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour, San Francisco, null
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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Experience the cinematic side to San Francisco on an interactive, family-friendly tour that includes clips from more than 55 movies and TV shows filmed in the ...  Read more

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

From USD $49.00
San Francisco City Tour from South Bay, San Jose, City Tours
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San Francisco City Tour from South Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Spend the day exploring San Francisco on this small-group full-day, guided sightseeing tour from the South Bay. Leave Cupertino, Fremont or San Jose for the ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, California
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $65.00
San Francisco City Tour, San Francisco, City Tours
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San Francisco City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

The Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge are just a few of the landmarks you'll see on this full-day city tour of San Francisco. Travel over the hilly terrain by ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco, San Francisco, City Tours
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Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco

Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge when you book a bike rental in San Francisco, with pickup in the Marina District. You're provided with everything you need ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $32.00
San Francisco City Bike Rental, San Francisco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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San Francisco City Bike Rental

Rent a bike at the bicycle rental shop nearest to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Bike along waterfront paths and across the Golden Gate Bridge to ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $36.00
3-Hour San Francisco Segway Tour: Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina, San Francisco, Bike & Mountain ... 
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3-Hour San Francisco Segway Tour: Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Whether you're  new to the city or a return visitor, this 3-hour Segway tour is a great way to explore San Francisco. After an orientation to the operation ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.00
Muir Woods and Sausalito Morning Tour, San Francisco, Segway Tours
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Morning Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Join us for a narrated and scenic drive from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, explore the beauty of Giant Coastal Redwoods at Muir Woods and ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00
San Francisco Air Tour, San Francisco, Half-day Tours
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San Francisco Air Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Your tour will begin at the historic and renowned Oakland International Airport. Immediately after take-off, you’ll see the most beautiful and breathtaking ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $174.00
5 Hour Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco in a Classic VW Bug, San Francisco, Air Tours
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5 Hour Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco in a Classic VW Bug

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Explore San Francisco like a pro on this GPS-guided tour aboard a classic Volkswagen convertible Bug! Drive to 40 pre-loaded top San Francisco locations like ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $75.00
The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour, San Francisco, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

Explore areas off limits to tour buses on this truly authentic electric bicycle experience. Our guided bike ride takes you through the best neighborhoods.  ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

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