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

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Palace of Fine Arts Tours

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 42 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
Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco, San Francisco, Movie & TV 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 Rentals
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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
San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip, San Francisco, Bike & ... 
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San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 314 Reviews

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: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.00
Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour Combo, San Francisco, Super Savers
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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour Combo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2243 Reviews

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: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00
5-Hour Premium San Francisco City Tour, San Francisco, City Tours
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5-Hour Premium San Francisco City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

This premium city tour of San Francisco is a fully guided 5-hour tour experience that makes 9 fully guided tour stops, a stop for lunch and a guided ferry/bay ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
3-Hour San Francisco Segway Tour: Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina, San Francisco, City Tours
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3-Hour San Francisco Segway Tour: Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 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. ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.00
Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz, San Francisco, Segway Tours
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

This full-day, small-group San Francisco city tour explores all the top attractions of the city, including Alcatraz Island prison. Explore Chinatown, the ...  Read more

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

From USD $129.00
Muir Woods and Sausalito Morning Tour, San Francisco, Cultural Tours
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Morning Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 23 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 $66.00
Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Minivan Tour, San Francisco, Half-day Tours
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Minivan Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Go where buses can't go!  Did you know buses aren't allowed on almost 70% of San Francisco streets!  Trade the large tour bus for a guided ...  Read more

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

From USD $48.00

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