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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 #9 of 375 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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Montreal, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Step back in time and wander around the Palace of Fine Arts which is a gigantic outdoor area right out of ancient Greece with massive columns and sculptures and domes...all surrounded by a lake filled with ducks and swans. This site was built for the Worlds Fair in the early 1900s and on a nice day, it is the most... More

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Weston, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a very relaxing park and absolutely gorgeous! We took my daughter's senior pics while we were here last year. We also saw a wedding there. Amazing place to kick back, watch the swans and birds. I highly recommend going!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Stopped here to play with our camera and take some pictures one night. This place is located in a very quiet upscale residential neighborhood and you will have to find street parking. Pretty cool place to explore if you have the extra time.

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We have seen pictures of the Palace of Fine Arts but didn't realize the structure is so huge until we were physically there. It was breathtaking and out of this world. Feels like we've travelled back to ancient Rome. The lagoon, gardens and paths surrounding it all contributed to a perfect picture. We arrived at dusk and it was getting... More

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Manila, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed going about to take photos. Otherwise, it was inconvenient. There are no public restrooms. No place to get bottled drinks either.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Combine this with the Golden Gate Bridge. We did this trip in a limo, hired from our hotel and on the way back to the airport. Well worth a look. Quite an urban area, so not much for kids I would guess. Cab's are few and far between and it can get windy!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

As an architect student it was the perfect pit stop on our tour bus. The palace looked beautiful from the street view but once you walk inside there was so much more to see! I took alot of pictures but the pictures didn't do its justice. Make sure to walk around the pathways in front of the lake to get... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Everyone had a fabulous time admiring the palace of fine arts' beautiful architectural structures. Great backdrop for pictures too! Park at Crissy fields for a nice walk by the bay then walk across to the palace of fine arts and then to "off the grid" food truck extravaganza at Fort Mason for dinner to top it off---that's what we call... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It's right by Crissy Fields and is in the middle of a neighborhood. There's not much else to do in the area, but still worth the time. I didn't tour the museum, but just a great place to take photos and relax.

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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

One cannot appreciate the beauty of this magnificent structure from a picture. We had the privilege of visiting this venerable landmark during a Segway tour of the Marina District. Breathtaking architecture with a finely manicured park setting which enhances the sheer beauty of the Palace. Reading about it's history and the effort to preserve this landmark is also an interesting... More

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