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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco

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Built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre was one of the only constructions kept intact after the world fair. Locals were so impressed with the architecture, they campaigned to preserve the structure. Take in the elegant rotunda, the Greek-style colonnades, and the lagoon, where you can see a clear reflection of the building. Here you can relax in the company of swans, ducks, geese, turtles, and frogs. The palace hosts a variety of art exhibits, concerts, films, and theatrical performances throughout the year. Check online to see if any events here line up with your visit. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, San Francisco holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is a beautiful spot near Chrissy Fields and the Golden Gate Bridge. Unexpected and interesting architecture and history. We took so many photos. A serene place to wander around, take pictures and...  more »
  • By day it is a stunning place, do yourself a favour and also see it by night, I missed that am kicking myself.  more »
  • one of the most photographed site of SFO.The place is popular destination for wedding photoes.The monumental structure with greek architecture was constructed for Panama Pacific explosition during 191...  more »
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  • Easy 2 hour parking around the surrounding area. Beautiful architecture. People picnicking. Artists sketching and painting. Photographers for print, weddings, and family pics galore. Tourists. Ducks. Swans. Birds. Fountain. Beautiful sculptures, columns, building. Plants. Lake. Surrounded by gorgeous colorful homes. Vibrant colors. Flowers in full bloom! Short distance to walk around and to take pictures. Just loved it!
  • A place to stop by for 15 minutes if you are in the vicinity. Everything was destroyed by a fire so there's nothing much to see except this lonely structure in the pic. It is very pretty tho, and newly-weds were shooting wedding photos in front of the palace. Near the dome there's a small pond with koi and mallards. Lots of visitors. Close to the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • It's a great place to come visit and for a stroll during sunny days. What most people don't know is that the night time here is magical also, when the lights are shining on the palace. Wonderful scene.
  • This place is simply beautiful during the day or night. The scale of the architecture has a pleasant effect that enhances the experience. We always find a good parking spot. Note: bring camera
  • Moderate place to spend some time here. Modern & historic but not too old in historic, most or all of them are created recently. We typically spent almost ah hour.