The Yerba Buena Garden was expanded around the Masco Convention Center in 1981. It now includes the Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ansel Adams Photo Center and the Cartoon Museum of Art. Mexico Museum, California Social History Base and Children's Center are planned to be added. The center will have an ice skating rink and a bowling room.
Ever since the Jewish Contemporary Museum opened across the street, converting what was once a desolate plot of land into a beautiful open space, Yerba Buena Gardens has become one of my favorite places to relax in the city. With the MLK Jr. memorial and the occasional concert series, the green refuge serves as a vibrant and revitalizing break in an otherwise hectic and concrete work area. The restaurants above (Samovar and B Restaurant) are both remarkable and worth a trip as well.
Yerba Buena Gardens is in the middle of downtown but feels secluded and sweet. The perfect place to bring a picnic post shopping, museum, or movie. There are free concerts during the day in the summer. You'll always find some locals chillin' on the grass. The MLK Jr. Memorial is cool, and sounds peaceful from all corners of the park. Sadly, it's sometimes taken over by big conventions!
Yerba Buena Gardens is a lovely area in SoMa neighboring SFMOMA, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and The Metreon which is the new home to The City Target. There's a large grassy area that's great for enjoying a picnic or just laying out during a warm day. Once in a while, there are free performances and concerts. You'll also find a waterfall and moving memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. there.
A little oasis on the heart of San Francisco! Grab a coffee or lunch and park yourself outside and spend some time people watching - you won't be disappointed. There are plenty of festivals and performances happening throughout the year. Helpful hint: there is a butterfly sanctuary on the NE corner of the park, they aren't always there, but when they are it's great.
Whilst heading over to the children's creativity museum we stumbled on to a free (hooray!) children's concert series at the gardens. I've since discovered they host them every Friday during the summer at 11 and 12.30. We then discovered a fabulous children's playground attached to the gardens. We filled a morning before even stepping foot inside the museum.
Yerba Buena is the epitome of all that is cool and hip.And the perfect destination for an art seeker on a Thursday afternoon after a few exhausting days of conferencing. The gardens itself is relaxing and plenty of people can be found here on a nice sunny day and sometimes events of festive nature takes place here.
Yerba Buena Gardens is the best spot to relax and get brunch. The scenery is amazing, you have great very of the city, a large waterfall fountain on one side, and great seating to socialize. Whenever out of town friends or family visit, this is a must visit spot!