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Now: Even the most jaded inner neighborhood residents can't deny the beauty of this place where green lawns meet the waters of the bay. Joggers and kites and city visitors drawn to the Golden Gate Bridge are always here. The Wave Organ, at the tip of the Yacht Club peninsula, is a unique functional art installment.

Then: The Palace of Fine Arts was originally built (on landfill, over a lagoon) for the Panama-Pacific Exhibition (World's Fair), held in San Francisco in 1915. It has has housed the interactive science museum, The Exploratorium, in its exhibition hall since 1969. The rest of the structures built for the Exhibition were demolished and Marina streets (north of North Point Street) and homes were built during the 1920s.

How To Get There: The Muni 22-Fillmore line ends directly at Marina Green, and 30-line pulls around in front of the Marina Safeway (although the 30 can be a long and crowded bus ride). There are free unmetered parking lots at the Marina Green, as well as Crissy Field, just to the west along Marina Boulevard.


  • Marina Green, at Marina Boulevard

  • Yacht Harbor at the Marina

  • Marina Yacht Harbor, west toward Golden Gate Bridge

  • Crossing Lyon Street at Richardson Avenue

  • Palace of Fine Arts, from Richardson Avenue near Lyon Street

  • Sign at the entrance to the Palace of Fine Arts and Exploratorium from Lyon Street

  • Palace of Fine Arts Sign

  • Lake and Path at Palace of Fine Arts

  • Walking Path at Palace of Fine Arts

  • Palace of Fine Arts, at Baker Street and Marina Boulevard

  • Statues at Palace of Fine Arts

  • Palace of Fine Arts

  • Grounds of the Palace of Fine Arts

  • Inside the Palace of Fine Arts

  • Wedding parties taking photos at the Palace of Fine Arts

  • Wedding parties at the Palace of Fine Arts

  • Lake at the Palace of Fine Arts

  • Lake and trees, looking south, at the Palace of Fine Arts

  • Houses at the north side of the Palace of Fine Arts

  • Sign at entrance to the Exploratorium

  • Inside the Exploratorium

  • Crossing Marina Boulevard, from the Palace of Fine Arts

  • 30-Stockton buses at the terminal point of Broderick and Beach Streets

  • Broderick Street at North Point Street

  • Promenade beach, in the Marina

  • City view behind the Yacht Club

  • Wave Organ, at the east end of the Golden Gate Yacht Club peninsula

  • Bench at the Wave Organ

  • Looking south toward the city, from the Wave Organ

  • Crissy Field in the Marina

  • Path at Crissy Field

  • From the lawn at Crissy Field

  • Crissy Field, east of the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Promenade shore, north of the Palace of Fine Arts

  • Fishing pier off the promenade at Crissy Field

  • The Warming Hut - books, gifts, sandwiches, pastries

  • Promenade leading to Fort Point and the base of the bridge

  • The Golden Gate Bridge, from the waterfront promenade approaching Fort Point

  • Looking back toward Crissy Field from the promenade near Fort Point

  • Sign near the entrance the Fort Point, along the promenade

  • One of several cannons on display in Fort Point

  • Corridor inside the Fort Point structure

  • Spiral staircase inside Fort Point

  • Light tower at the top of Fort Point

  • Bases for gun turrets at the top of Fort Point

  • Looking up at the bottom of the Golden Gate Bridge, from Fort Point

  • Looking straight across the span of the Golden Gate Bridge from underneath

  • Column at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, from Fort Point

  • Sidelong view of Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point

  • Path leading up to the Golden Gate bridge from the waterfront promenade between Crissy Field and Fort Point

  • Looking back toward the fishing pier from the path to the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Tunnel on the walking path to Golden Gate Bridge

  • Steps leading up from the tunnel on the wallking path

  • Top of the path to the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Pedestrian entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge

  • View of promenade and shoreline with city view, from the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Suspension cables on the Golden Gate Bridge and city view

  • The Golden Gate Bridge is painted continuously

  • Sign near the emergency callbox on the Golden Gate Bridge

  • The south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Plaque at the base of the south tower

  • Entrance to the service elevator at the south tower

  • Sign on the doorway of the south tower

  • Looking up at the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Looking south toward Fort Point and San Francisco, from the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Looking straight down from the edge of the railing on the Golden Gate Bridge

  • The shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, cast across the bay

  • Looking north across the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Bike path under the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Walkway and bike path under the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Gift Center at the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Statue of Joseph Strauss, chief engineer during construction of the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Parking lot at the Golden Gate Bridge

  • 28-line Muni Bus at the Golden Gate Bridge parking lot