Palace of Fine Arts
Crissy Field Center
Oceanic Society Expeditions
The Oceanic Society runs top-notch, naturalist-led, ocean-going weekend boat trips – sometimes to the Farallon Islands – during both...
The Presidio's army airstrip has been stripped of asphalt and reinvented as a haven for coastal birds, kite-fliers and windsurfers...
Presidio Social Club
Inside an atmospheric converted army building within the Presidio, this is a good spot for weekend brunch before hiking, or a lingering...
Lonely Planet review
Like a fossilized party favor, this romantic, ersatz Greco-Roman ruin is the memento San Francisco kept from the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition. The original was built of wood, burlap and plaster as a picturesque backdrop, designed by celebrated Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck, then later reinforced.
By the 1960s it was crumbling. The structure was recast in concrete, so future generations could gaze up at the rotunda relief to glimpse 'Art under attack by materialists, with idealists leaping to her rescue.' Further renovations have restored the palace to its initial glory. Pose for pictures by the swan lagoon.