Marina, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Marina, including Exploratorium, Betelnut and Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.
  • The best place in Marina San Francisco: Exploratorium


    3601 Lyon St
    Adults: $14, Students/seniors/teens: $11, Children: $9, Children under age 3: Free (Free on first Wednesday of each month). A great kid friendly option, with lots of interactive exhibits teaching about science, with intriguing displays about the mind, natural systems, sound, sight, and much much more.
    Marina food nearby
  • Betelnut


    2030 Union St
    Su-Th 11:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight. $22-$55. "Pejiu Wu" means side street beer house. Along with oversized mugs of Asian beer you will find Pan-Asian authentic regional dishes. The food here tends to be quite hot. With its authentic style cuisine, it has become a Cow Hollow establishment. Look out for the long lines though and the staff can sometimes be a bit unfriendly.
  • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

    3301 Lyon St
    See website for schedule and times. $20-$150. This 1,000 seat theater hosts concerts, comedy shoes, film events, and lectures.
    Marina restaurants nearby
  • Palace of Fine Arts

    Palace of Fine Arts

    3301 Lyon St
    The only structure remaining from the 1915 World's Fair, it features a classical Roman rotunda (1,100 feet wide, 162 feet high) with curved colonnades (30 Corinthian columns frame a wide walkway in the colonnade) situated in an idyllic park setting with a classical European-Style lagoon. It's a great place to unwind, have a picnic, and watch the swans float elegantly by. It also has a theater offering a variety of shows, musical and cultural events. As of July 2008, it is being renovated.
    Marina food nearby
  • Ambiance


    1864 Union St
    M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM-7PM. The store has a great selection of women’s clothes and jewelry.
  • Ethnic Dance Festival

    Ethnic Dance Festival

    Palace of Fine Arts
    June — Sa 2PM and 8PM, Su 2PM. Opening Night Gala: $175, Single ticket: $22-$44, All four weekends ticket: $80-$158. The festival is held over four weekends in June and celebrates traditional ethnic dances like Flamenco, Balinese, Fuego Nuevo, Irish, and YaoYong. It's colorful, energetic, and exciting... and you might actually learn a thing or two for the dance floor!
    Marina restaurants nearby
  • St Francis Yacht Club

    St Francis Yacht Club

    700 Marina Blvd
    Founded in 1927, this club has over 2,400 members and is also popular as both a cruise and regatta venue. It is reputedly the most exclusive yacht club in San Francisco and there are some serious vessels docked here.
    Marina food nearby
  • The Long Now Foundation Museum

    Landmark Building A
    M-F 10:30AM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM. Free. The Long Now foundation was established to foster a better understanding of a "slower/better" mind set — as opposed to "faster/cheaper" one. As well as holding many seminars and talks, they also have a museum and store at their premises.
    Marina eat nearby
  • San Francisco Blues Festival

    Great Meadow, Fort Mason
    Last weekend in Sept: F-Su. Advance: $35 per day, At the gate: $40 per day, Two-day ticket: $55, Single-day reserved lawn seating: $50, Two-day reserved lawn seating: $80, Children under 10 free. This is the oldest continually running blues fest in the world and it attracts some great Blues performers every year. Previous performers included B.B. King, Carlos Santana, and Little Richard among others. For the famished, they also have some flavorful New Orleans style barbeques to compliment the music.
    Marina restaurants nearby
  • House of Magic

    2025 Chestnut St
    They have a great selection of costumes and gags all year round; including wands, disguises, prosthetics, vintage collectibles, as well as starter kits to help you become a magician.
  • Tribal, Folk, and Textile Art Show

    Fort Mason Center
    Second weekend in February: F-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su 11AM-5PM. $15 daily. More than 100 international dealers and galleries showcase their tribal, folk, and textile art at this show. Thousands of pieces will be on display from places such as Africa, the Himalayas, the Middle East, and the Americas.
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  • My Roommate's Closet

    3044 Fillmore St
    M-F 11AM-6:30PM, Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Describing themselves as a "boutique outlet", they sell high-end designer clothing (Vera Wang etc.) from other boutiques at deeply discounted prices. Sizes are limited though.
  • Young Performers Theatre

    Fort Mason Center, Bldg C, 3rd floor
    Sa 1PM, Su 1PM and 3:30PM. Shows do not run every week, see website for exact dates. Adults: $10, Children under 13: $7. The Young Performers Theatre is a professional children’s theater. It hosts a dozen or so shows each year and also offers classes in the dramatic arts, creative drama, comedy and musical theater.
    Marina food nearby
  • The Octagon House

    2645 Gough St
    Open to the public on the second Sunday of every month, and the second and fourth Thursday of every month, from noon-3PM. Free. Dating from 1861, this eight-sided house with its cupola top, dormer windows, and roof lanterns was built in the belief that such octagonally shaped houses promote healthier living. Today, the building is an American Colonial museum. It has many artifacts on display including antique furniture and historical documents. It is run by the National Society of the Colonial Dames.
    Marina eat nearby
  • Easter Parade and Spring Celebration

    Union St
    The kid-friendly but diverse festivities include a petting zoo, pony rides, live music, train rides, alfresco dining, and a parade.
    Marina restaurants nearby
  • Books Inc

    2251 Chestnut St
    M-Sa 9AM-10PM, Su 9AM-9PM. Unusual and quirky book store that holds a storytelling hour for kids every Sunday afternoon.
  • Fantasy of Lights

    Union St and Fillmore St
    First Sa in December, 6PM-9PM. Free. This is a month long celebration that sees local shop owners adorning their windows with the prettiest of lights, in an attempt to capture the coveted prize of "Best Lighting Effect." It all starts with an opening night parade when the lights are officially turned on and is followed by a month of programs and events. Although it's certainly pretty, it's probably not going to help with the global warming problem!
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  • San Francisco Public Library — Golden Gate Valley Branch

    1801 Green St
    M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 12PM-8PM, Th 1PM-7PM, F-Sa 1PM-6PM. Built in 1917 by architect Ernest Coxhead, this unique "Beaux-Arts" library was modeled on a Roman basilica. Today in the 21st century, it has free internet facilities.
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  • Museo ItaloAmericano

    Fort Mason Center, Building C
    Tu-Su noon-4PM, M by appointment. Free. Hosts photo exhibits and the work of modern Italian artists.
    Marina food nearby
  • BATS Improv Theatre

    Fort Mason CenterBldg B, 3rd Fl
    Shows usually start at 7PM/8PM. $8-$20. BATS is a performing arts theater company that focuses on all forms of improvisational format, including theatersports. They also provide classes for anyone interested.
    Marina eat nearby
  • Vedanta Temple

    2963 Webster St
    This temple was built in 1905 by architect Joseph Leonard. Architecturally the building reflects the Vedantic philosophy that all roads lead to one God; hence the building has a mix of architectural styles like Edwardian, Moorish, Queen Anne, Colonial, and Oriental among others. It has five different kinds of towers on the top including a Russian-style onion dome and a European-style castle turret. The extraordinary temple was the first Hindu temple built in the West.
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  • Farallon Islands Nature Cruises

    San Francisco Yacht Harbor/Marina Green
    Office Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM Cruise: Departs Sa-Su, Check-in time is 7:30AM, boat leaves 8AM. Adults $105. Learn about the importance of preserving our natural environment on a 8 hour cruise to this National Wildlife Refuge, 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco in the Gulf of the Farallons. The islands' 211 acres of rocks and surrounding waters are home to Sea Lions, Tufted Puffins, Pigeon Guillemots, and Rhinoceros Auklets among other species. In total, twenty three species of marine mammals, including 18 species of whales and dolphins reside in these waters.
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  • Bee Market

    2266 Union St
    M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. Owned by French woman Virginie Wallace, this European furniture store always has something interesting on offer. Their French inspired collection is simple yet elegantly crafted and blends both classical and modern elements of furniture design.
  • Safeway

    15 Marina Blvd
    M-Su noon-midnight. Large, local Marina Safeway.
  • Golden Gate Yacht Club

    1 Yacht Road
    Founded in 1939, this club is both a popular destination for pleasure cruises and for competitive regatta racing. It's plainer than its neighbor the SFYC, however it got a major boost of late when Larry Ellison and the Oracle guys signed up and the club became the challenge club of record for the America's Cup.
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  • Gallery of Jewels

    2101 Union St
    M-Sa 1PM-6:30PM, Sa 11AM-6PM. This gallery sells distinctive, limited edition jewelry handcrafted by local and international designers. They have an good variety of silver, gold and platinum accessories and sell jewelry for both men and women.
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