Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

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#18 of 73 in Parks in San Francisco
Yerba Buena Gardens is the name for two blocks of public parks located between Third and Fourth, Mission and Folsom Streets in downtown San Francisco, California. The first block bordered by Mission and Howard Streets was opened on October 11, 1993. The second block, between Howard and Folsom Streets, was opened in 1998, with a dedication to Martin Luther King, Jr. by Mayor Willie Brown. A pedestrian bridge over Howard Street connects the two blocks, sitting on top of part of the Moscone Center convention center. The Yerba Buena Gardens are owned by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and were planned and built as the final centerpiece of the Yerba Buena Redevelopment Area which includes the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


Yerba Buena was the name of the town in the Mexican territory of Alta California that became the city of San Francisco, California, after it was claimed by the United States in 1846. It was itself named after the yerba buena (Micromeria douglasii) plant which used to be abundant in the area. The plant's common name, yerba buena, is an alternate form of the Spanish hierba buena (meaning "good herb").
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  • This is a great place to relax in the middle of downtown. Surrounded by tall and swanky buildings, people often working professionals even city residents come here to relax during the busy hours...  more »
  • I did a return visit to Yerba Buena Gardens. This park has a variety of museums such as the Children's Museum and Art Museum There is the big slide, carousel, bowling and ice skating. There is a.....  more »
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  • Small park with too many people seeking shade and green. No place for kids to unwind and play. My son carried baseball bat and bowl and unfortunately was sad as there was no place to play. Park ends before it starts. Then there are parking issues, one ways to trouble you. Falling water is treat and is a distraction for kids in good sense. We liked Martin Luther kings writings on the wall. Will keep your 5-8 year old excited. A bit surprised with 5 star reviews. Overall disappointing!!!
  • AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL PLACE. Perfect date, family and solo spot. Great for all people. Bring a picnic blanket or just relax on the cement or grass or seats. Its so peaceful in a loud busy city like SF.
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