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Home to a fashionable set of young professionals, socialites and bankers, the Marina has one of the most well-known zip codes in the city. One of the city's more affluent neighborhoods, residents here tend toward cocktail parties, jogging along the water, shopping on Chestnut and Union Streets and dining at posh restaurants like Greens. One of the greatest attractions for non-residents is the Exploratorium, a giant science fair for kids and grown-ups alike with special features like the mysterious Tactile Dome. Right next door is the strikingly ethereal Palace of Fine Arts where live classical music wafts through the air, swans grace the man-made lake and couples pose for their wedding photos. While the Marina catches flack from the other, more alternative, side of San Francisco, the good life is alive and well. The Presidio is also a great place to walk and now with Crissy Field being redone, the excursion out to the Golden Gate Bridge is better than ever.
To the East is Fort Mason, which houses an incredible center for the arts (theatre, crafts, paintings, music, and more). Note: Within SF Station, we have grouped Cow Hollow and Marina at least as far as Union Street is concerned. One last note: Union & Chestnut Streets are still considered two of San Francisco's best places to shop - from classy boutiques to incredible specialty stores galore.
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