Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA


The Palace of Fine Arts is an architectural beauty, and one of the many locations that make San Francisco such a wonderful city.

If you want a beautiful, quiet, relaxing place to take you away from the busy streets of San Francisco, consider the Palace of Fine Arts. While this location might not offer a lot of adventurous activities, it will provide you with a sense of calm and ease.

You can take a leisurely stroll around the pond and enjoy the spectacular views of the iconic dome. You may even realize as you are walking around that a few movies have been filmed here, including The Rock and Vertigo. Be sure to stop along the way and sit at one of the many benches located around the pond, so that you can take in all the surrounding plants, flowers, and wildlife (mostly ducks and swans).

Also, make sure that you get up close to the giant columns and buildings so that you can see all the detailed carvings and artwork. You should also look around at some of the surrounding houses that line the park as I am sure they are very expensive, judging by their size and location.

A couple of notes about visiting the Palace of Fine Arts : it is very kid friendly, lots of room for the young ones to run around and have fun, parking is free at the back of the building, but get there early or you might not get a space, there is also a science exploratorium for the whole family if you have a lot of time to spend here. I think the Palace of Fine Arts is a great location for anyone to visit and relax and see a different side of San Francisco.

written by jblaze823 on 2009-07-16 #places #yashica #water #birds #building #pond #beautiful #fountains #relaxing #location #stroll #architecture #holga #diana-f


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Pretty and relaxing ! Very nice gallery, especially the 120 shots !

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Looks like a nice relaxing place......I like your pics!

  3. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Thanks for the compliments, this is such a cool spot that I recently rediscovered after not having been there for about 20 years.

  4. migueld
    migueld ·

    god, i miss living in the bay area... i used to go to the palace of fine arts all the time just to sketch and hang out!

  5. jaypolkest
    jaypolkest ·

    Yes I like this article, I've only ever been to San Francisco once but what I saw I liked,and I would be lured back with this kind of insight into area,

  6. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Yeah, it is a great spot in a great city thanks for the comments

  7. devrimarie
    devrimarie ·

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I will be sure to visit!

  8. tttheresa
    tttheresa ·

    If you go at night you can climb up to the top of the pillars with some good friends and a bottle of wine and watch the car lights crawl across the Golden Gate Bridge (also, you might catch a troupe of disco roller skaters who invade and make a roller symphony with the brilliant acoustics). This is really one of the best spots in the city at night. :)

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