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Camera Obscura

1096 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121-1449
+1 415-750-0415
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Nature at it’s best

Our family fell in love with the view! It’s so beautiful! One of God’s masterpiece! Can’t believe... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jaye N Maricar D
via mobile
Great looking out at the pacific.

Great spot to visit. Great views of the pacific, easy access to beach areas. Not overly crowded... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Carol R
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Guilford, Connecticut
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1096 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121-1449
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family fell in love with the view! It’s so beautiful! One of God’s masterpiece! Can’t believe this is just a fee mins. away from the city.

Thank Jaye N Maricar D
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Great spot to visit. Great views of the pacific, easy access to beach areas. Not overly crowded. Especially nice for adults.

1  Thank Carol R
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Closed when I visited (Dec 27th). Called the number and it says open daily, weather permitting. It's sunny and clear. Second time I have tried to come here and it's closed Again! in perfect weather. At least update the phone message to say closed today....More

3  Thank jbracer2
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

I heard about the Camera Obscura on the site 'Atlas Obscura' otherwise I might not have seen it, but it's rather interesting and if you're here during the day and it's open you can have a look, but I won't spoil it for you. Good...More

1  Thank James A
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

The Camera Obscura is tucked away behind the Cliff House and next to the ocean. Once inside it is an odd little place but well worth exploring. There are holograms on the wall that are incredible and the camera table itself takes up most of...More

1  Thank Don_Hobbs
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

For a few dollars, you can be transported to a place you've never been. An apparition of the surrounding landscape and ocean appears magically on a 5-foot flattened bowl in the middle of the circular room. On a sunny day, waves sparkle and people walk,...More

3  Thank Seth M
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

What a blast from the past! A great time to literally look around the cliffs. A classic treasure behind the cliff house right over the sea.

Thank IrishGermanSwedish
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We had made the trip to the Cliff House for lunch and came across the Camera Obscura while taken in the views. It only costs a couple dollars but is well worth a quick visit to get some nice views of the bay.

Thank Sand82014
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

I always seek out obscure things for us to see when we go on a vacation. And this is certainly a random thing but worth the entry fee. Even if you don't think it's as cool as we did (we're a bunch of nerds, you're...More

1  Thank Ann M
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

It ain't worth the trip but it's cute if you is already there. There is only so much one can say about this.

Thank Alzor S
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