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Palace of Fine Arts

3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
415 563 6504, 415 561 0364
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Ranked #13 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: The Palace of Fine Arts was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo, which San Francisco hosted.  It was built to have the feel of an... more »
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Inverell, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

One of the must see buildings/areas in San Francisco. The area is just so beautiful and peaceful. We wandered around the pathways checking out the building, flowers and turtles!

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Tempe, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

This is a must visit place in SF. Not only it is beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing place, it is all free (no entry fee). They are all yours - the buildings, the facades, the gardens, the ponds, the swans, the birds, the ducks... even those amazing houses adjoining streets... Take your time, have picnic, find seat to sit, or take... More

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Rhodes, Greece
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124 reviews 124 reviews
51 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The walk throughout the grounds is amazing, especially studying the Greco influence on the buildings and facades. We saw a variety of different events: Weddings take place here and groups are out having picnics. The adjoining streets have some amazing houses which were also interesting to walk past. It was a welcome break from all the commercial areas of downtown... More

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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

It was breathtaking. Seeing this restored attraction in the middle of a neighborhood, with the gardens and ponds and beauty. It was a breath of fresh air. Gorgeous. Sit, relax, take lunch, and drink in the beauty

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

There is no reason for the Palace of Fine Arts other than beauty. You would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful, serene experience. Take your camera and a snack and relax. You can take public transit to get there. The bus stops right outside the entrance. There is no entry fee. A treasure....

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Clearfield, Utah
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

The Palace of Fine Arts is really cool looking and the park attracted to it is a nice place to have a picnic as there is plenty of grass. Plus there is plenty of benches near the palace to sit down and enjoy the scenery. This is a great place to make a pitstop from the Golden Gate Bridge as... More

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Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Driving past this marvel of architecture without stopping would be a mistake. The sheer beauty and overwhelming presence of such a piece of art is well worth the time. Stroll around the site and feel the care that went into the making of such a work of art.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I think you def must put this on your stop when coming to visit San Fran. It is absolutley beautifully kept with flowers and wildlife. There was even a woman getting married there the day we visited. Would have loved to have been able to sit back in the grass and just relax and take it in a little longer... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is a very peaceful place that warrants a quick stop for peeking or a longer stop for relaxing with a picnic or book. A beautiful little park and breathtaking structure. So glad they stepped in to save this jewel!

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Miller, Missouri
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Heard a bit of the history while riding the bus tour and decided to go for a visit. Scenery was nice, Saw several brides having photo shoots which was fun.

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