For the second installment of my Place by Place Guide to San Francisco I decided it would be great to focus on the lovely gem in the Marina District, The Palace of Fine Arts.
This summer has been quite the scorcher here in California so when I was house sitting in Marin County my friends from Sacrament, Nie Nie of Adventures with Nie Nie and Kat, decided to come down to get a reprieve from the extra hot Sacramento area. As it turned out though Marin was unseasonably hot so we made plans to go down and do some touristing in the soo much cooler San Francisco (hello micro climates!). One of the stops of the day was a lovely walk through The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District.
The Palace of Fine Arts is a San Francisco Icon. Built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exhibition it is one of the few structures from that event that survives in its original location as it was so beloved. The design is based on Classical Greek and Roman architecture and was designed by Bernard Maybeck. As the original structure was only designed to last the duration of the exhibition by the 1950s it was crumbling so the actual structure you see today though is an exact replica of the original that was rebuilt in the 1960’s. The only other building from the exhibition remaining in its original location is The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Additionally as the building is so iconic it has been featured in many movies that include San Francisco through out the years.
The grounds of The Palace of Fine Arts make for the perfect place to take a stroll and have a picnic. The lagoon has plenty of grassy areas around it that while are bustling on a busy day they are not over crowded. The Palace is also a popular place for photoshoots ranging from engagements, to Quinceañera, to fashion shoots. So if you want to get your instagram on this is a great place to take some lovely pictures.
The Palace of Fine Arts also has a theatre where you can buy tickets to watch a variety of musical, comedic, and other performances. The schedule, seating chart, and ticket info is on their website.
The Palace of Fine arts is located in the Marina District of San Francisco and is located conveniently off the 101.
Unless you are going for a specific event parking is street only but even on the busiest weekend day you should be able to find street parking within a few blocks.