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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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San Francisco to Sausalito Self-Guided Bike Tour, San Francisco, null
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San Francisco to Sausalito Self-Guided Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito on a National Park Bike Path, and returning via ferry. You will be able to purchase the ferry tickets before you ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $28.00
San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour, San Francisco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 99 Reviews

Experience the City of San Francisco like never before on this fun, unique, and memorable 5-star rated city tour. Your family-friendly journey includes clips ...  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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 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 16 Reviews

San Francisco is one of America's most beautiful city, surrounded by the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The city has more than 40 small hills along the ...  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

Want to bike the Golden Gate Bridge?! We will provide everything you need (such as a well-maintained bike, map, helmet, lock, and local directions) to start ...  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 nearest bicycle rental shops to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and return by ferry! This ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

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Historic Cable Car San Francisco City Tour and Bridge Walk, San Francisco, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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Historic Cable Car San Francisco City Tour and Bridge Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

While on board a historic motorized cable car, enjoy the hidden gems of San Francisco as we explore some of the city’s famous landmarks! Disembark at ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.00
Muir Woods and Sausalito Morning Tour, San Francisco, City Tours
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Morning Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 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 Hop-on Hop-off Tour 1 Day Pass, San Francisco, Half-day Tours
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour 1 Day Pass

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 90 Reviews

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off City Tour of San Francisco has seventeen different stops including Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, China ...  Read more

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

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San Francisco Air Tour, San Francisco, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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San Francisco Air Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 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

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