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Marina DistrictSan Francisco

Visit the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and marvel at views of the Golden Gate Bridge at this popular waterfront neighborhood.

San Francisco’s Marina District is a stunning neighborhood next to the bay with green spaces, waterfront vistas and chic shops, restaurants and bars. Take photographs of the exquisite Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, a replica of a faux-classical structure originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is the only surviving structure from a collection of pieces made for the 1915 expo, a world’s fair designed to celebrate the city’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake and fire. Though it was originally made of wood, burlap and plaster, the palace was later recast in concrete and surrounds a small man-made lagoon lined with Australian eucalyptus trees. Attend an art exhibit or music performance here.

Join a guided tour of the neighborhood to find out more about its history. Admire art deco-style buildings and learn about the devastating impact of the 1906 earthquake on the city.

Enjoy picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the grass of Marina Green. This small park overlooks an acoustic sculpture known as the Wave Organ, which is located at the end of a jetty that juts out into the bay. Listen to the various sounds produced by the waves that roll in. The sculpture produces the most sound around high tide.

Discover Crissy Field to the west of the jetty. This pretty grassland and marshland area is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The park contains an environmental education center, a restored shoreline with native wildlife and walking trails.

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park borders the Marina District to the east. Study a collection of floating historic ships at the park’s Hyde Street Pier. Investigate the range of fascinating exhibits at the Maritime Museum in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building. This museum features a range of fascinating artworks inspired by San Francisco’s maritime history.

Find the Marina District east of Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge. Bus services connect it to other parts of the city.

Top Hotels in Marina District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Francisco Bay Inn
Francisco Bay Inn
2 out of 5
1501 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $79 per night

Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason. Lombard Street and Aquatic Park are also within 10 minutes. ...

3.4/5Good! (2,112 reviews)

"Conveniently located near restaurants and nightlife!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Francisco Bay Inn
Inn at Golden Gate
Inn at Golden Gate
2 out of 5
2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $162 per night

Located in Marina District, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Walt Disney Family Museum, Presidio of San Francisco and Ghirardelli Square. Golden Gate Park ...

3.6/5Good! (1,224 reviews)

"Good location and not too crowded so good amount of nearby parking."…"

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Inn at Golden Gate
Marina Inn
Marina Inn
2 out of 5
3110 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $80 per night

Located in Marina District, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Union Street, Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason. Lombard Street and Ghirardelli Square are ...

3/5 (834 reviews)

"The hotel is a way to travel to the past. Front desk staff was so kind and greeted me for my birthday. I loved the vintage feel of it walking through and in the room. Bed was comfortable. Only dislike was hearing others slam their bedroom doors like crazy."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

Marina Inn
Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection
Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection
2.5 out of 5
2322 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $125 per night

Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (136 reviews)

"The room was AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE STAYING HERE. THE EMPLOYEES ARE respectful and courtious."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2020

Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection
Surf Motel
Surf Motel
2 out of 5
2265 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $84 per night

Located in Marina District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also ...

3.2/5 (944 reviews)

"Not any problems at all was very pkease and am lookinh forward to staying there again!"…"

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Surf Motel
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
2190 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $126 per night

Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Van Ness Avenue. Palace of Fine Arts and Lombard Street are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,003 reviews)

"Clean and fair price. Good food to eat on Steiner"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 27, 2020

Cow Hollow Inn & Suites

Popular places to visit in Marina District

Palace of Fine Arts
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Palace of Fine Arts

4.5/5(147 reviews)

This Roman-inspired palace built in 1915 remains a modern-day renaissance center of fine arts and science. 

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(771 reviews)

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot. 

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4.5/5(778 reviews)

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day. 

Top things to do in Marina District

Escape From the Rock - Cruise Around Alcatraz Island
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Escape From the Rock - Cruise Around Alcatraz Island

78% of travellers recommend
CA $59
Per adult
Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias
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Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias

92% of travellers recommend
CA $224
Per adult
Redwoods & Wine Country Escape to Sonoma & Napa with Optional Gourmet Lunch
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Redwoods & Wine Country Escape to Sonoma & Napa with Optional Gourmet Lunch

92% of travellers recommend
CA $181
Per adult
Admission to the San Francisco Zoo
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Admission to the San Francisco Zoo

74% of travellers recommend
CA $32
Per adult
Muir Woods with Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour
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Muir Woods with Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

96% of travellers recommend
CA $235
Per adult
Aquarium of the Bay Admission
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Aquarium of the Bay Admission

84% of travellers recommend
CA $39
Per adult

Other neighborhoods in San Francisco

Cow Hollow featuring signage and street scenes

Cow Hollow

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 area reviews)

The beautiful waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Cow Hollow. Make a stop by Van Ness Avenue or Union Street while you're exploring the area.

Cow Hollow
Pacific Heights which includes a garden

Pacific Heights

4/5Very Good!(17 area reviews)

Take time in Pacific Heights to visit attractions like Van Ness Avenue and Lafayette Park. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at California St & Van Ness Ave Stop to see more of the city.

Pacific Heights
Fisherman\'s Wharf showing a city and a marina

Fisherman's Wharf

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 are top sights in Fisherman's Wharf, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Jones St and Beach St Stop or Jefferson St & Taylor St Stop to see more sights in the area.

Fisherman's Wharf
Nob Hill featuring street scenes and a city

Nob Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(124 area reviews)

Travelers love Nob Hill for its popular shops, and you can see more of San Francisco by jumping on the metro at Washington St & Leavenworth St Stop or Washington St & Jones St Stop. You might spend time checking out top sights like Van Ness Avenue and Grace Cathedral.

Nob Hill
North Beach showing skyline and a city

North Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(303 area reviews)

Pier 39 and Exploratorium are top sights in North Beach, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at The Embarcadero & Bay St Stop or Beach St & Stockton St Stop to see more sights in the area.

North Beach
Chinatown showing street scenes

Chinatown

4/5Very Good!(26 area reviews)

Norras Temple and Tin How Temple are top sights in Chinatown, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Powell St & Clay St Stop or Powell St & Jackson St Stop to see more sights in the area.

Chinatown