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Palace of Fine Arts

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Marina District
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Address: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1019
Phone Number: +1 415-563-6504
06:00 - 21:00
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Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a...

Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.

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Visual treat to behold !

If you are anywhere near the West side of the city, take the time to stroll through the Palace of Fine Arts. The architecture at any time of the day is a dynamic. Visiting at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are anywhere near the West side of the city, take the time to stroll through the Palace of Fine Arts. The architecture at any time of the day is a dynamic. Visiting at night will leave a definite impression on you. Take the time to sit and wonder at the size of the dome and detail in the... More 

Thank Brent T
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There's not much to DO at this place. However, sitting on the opposite side of the small lagoon, it's quite beautiful, especially with the swans floating on the water. It's even better at dusk, when it is spotlit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy parking and then a walk through for a half-hour or more. Enjoy the wildlife and be in awe as to size and spectacular buildings that simply overwhelm!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stop by the Palace for a leisurely afternoon stroll. The architecture is astounding. Because the Exploratorium moved, there isn't much to do here other than marvel at the exteriors.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a monument to see, the architecture and sculpture is impressive..Located not very far from Golden Gate Bridge it is a good sequel to bridge visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoy sitting near it and watching people and ducks. Especially pretty at night. I recommend making a stop here if you are in the marina area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely architecture, ponds and theatre. An easy stroll from the ocean. Just takes 5 to 15 minutes to enjoy but worth the visit. Went to the annual Hip Hop dance off in the theatre....go next year.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful and perfect place for a romantic night walk. Everything is well lightening and not far from marina district by walk !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend to visit this landmark on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. It's very close to it. Very intricate designs! Never seen anything like this in a North American city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco CA on Nov 12 2016 in the afternoon . The architecture of this Palace is grand and very impressive . The reflection of the structures in the lake water presents a beautiful sight ! The walk around this scenic place is very relaxing . We saw couple of professional photographers... More 

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Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighbourhood into a party-going hotspot.
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