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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

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Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.
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3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
Marina District
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

Visit the Palace of Fine Arts late in the afternoon to catch the changing light of the evening and to watch the lights come on as the daylight fades away. This is a San Francisco park, but I have never seen a park policeman come...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

It is a structure not to be missed, it gives a feeling you are away from a busy city. Just the perfect place for photography. Nice walk around the lake and see the ducks out , very peaceful a place to unwind and just enjoy...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Nice architecture and gardens to walk around for a couple of minutes. It doesn't take long to visit this place. The Presidio area has several others sites of interest to visit close by.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous to see! Stopped here on a bus tour. Would be beautiful at night. Awesome that they left the place stand with nothing inside.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

We came past here at night and were blown away by the beauty of the lights and architecture in combination, of a type that is rarely seen on such a scale, especially outside Europe.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

My wife and I had seen this place in a movie many years ago and decided to visit. Entrance to the external area is free.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

The few remaining buildings from the exposition. We visited this palace during our night bus tour. The lights in the evening looks fantastic.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

We stumbled upon this park while going to visit the Golden Gate Bridge. The buildings are very large and resemble roman architecture. There was a musician inside feeding the pigeons who was entertaining. The lakes had swans and ducks.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

This is the kind of place that you have to visit in San Francisco! It is a beautiful place for architecture appreciation and to have a good view of pier. You can visit alone or with your family, see the lake and the swans. It's...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

I could spend hours here in awe of the beauty of this structure! Originally built in 1915 the people of the city have made multiple efforts to save this unique piece of history, and we are so blessed to be able to experience it today!...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful
backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to
the Marina. Originally the location for the
Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose
remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much
of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a
world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a
jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city.
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Tara L
November 13, 2018|
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Response from TravelWorldMap | Reviewed this property |
We walk around the area and we felt pretty safe. The area is nicely kept and clean.
September 11, 2018|
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Response from Travel_Bug_Bitten | Reviewed this property |
no it is completely free to the public. The only problem you might have will be working around the public.
Ghie R
July 3, 2018|
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Response from Richard R | Reviewed this property |
Greetings Ghie, I would go with late afternoon as the light would be fairly uniform with the sun being on the West, less interesting side, of the facility. The photographer should have an easier time getting wedding shots... More