Hike-in Required
ADA accessible
Guided tours
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The Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and it is one of the few structures to avoid demolition after the event. In 1962 a non-profit was established to restore the Palace. Today The Palace of Fine Arts stands tall honoring all those who contributed to the restoring and success of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. 

The Palace still host many concerts, dance productions, community and corporate meetings, as well as other special events. The Palace has 962 seats to accommodate these events. The facility has a Meyer Sound system that projects great sound into the auditorium. It also has standard lights and a few moving lights that work well for dances, there is even a sprung floor surface. The Interior of the facility has good seats with plenty of room making it a comfortable environment.

The Palace of Fine Arts is an astounding attraction in San Francisco whether you’re looking for a place to relax, walk your dog, or enjoy an event

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Great views. Dog friendly. Relaxed environment.


Parking. Big crowds.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions


ADA accessible


Nearby Adventures

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping


Stopped by the Palace of Fine Arts on a road trip a few years back. I was blown away by this amazing park that's free to the public. Totally fabulous and worth going out of the way for.
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