comscore

Yerba Buena Gardens

899 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
Been here

Tribes: Who likes this place?

Who Likes This Place?

What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.

Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to? Join now

  • 98%
    Family Travelers
  • 71%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 64%
    Local Culture
  • 57%
    Adventure Travelers

Member Reviews (46)Write a review

Most Relevant
Sort by
  • Yerba Buena Gardens

    Venture into San Francisco. So easy to get there from public transportation.
    check their calendar.http://www.ybca.org/calendar
    and
    http://yerbabuenagardens.com/events/category/yerba-buena-gardens-festival/

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersFamily TravelersLocal CultureTrendsters
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
    Member of
    Foodies

    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!

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena GardensPro 2014

    Love eating and people watching on the green lawn with a waterfall in a background. I find this to be an effective way to unwind. Taking a walk around, especially on a more grey day, is another good way to enjoy this oasis.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesOutdoor Enthusiasts
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens

    I love this place. On a beautifully sunny day, you can find people enjoying lunches on the grass. Head across the street to the playground that has been highly kid-approved. It's easy to spend a day there.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena GardensPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 4
    • Vegetarian
    • Green Travelers
    • Backpackers
    • Art & Design Lovers

    I have come here many of times to just sit and relax between classes. The cool breeze comes through this park and it is a great place to people watch, eat your lunch or like many others do, take a nap.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena GardensPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Foodies
    Vegetarian
    + 3
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers

    Very pleasant park in the centre of San Francisco. Enjoyed the carousel that was there when we visited, and got to do some birdwatching in the park as well.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena GardensAmbassadorPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 9
    • Business Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers

    Neat park in the middle of the city. Great views of the city from the restaurant area, there's the Metreon next door, museums as stuff for kids, and Moscone Center nearby, so there's always people around the area.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens

    These gardens have an amazing playground for young kids. Think squishy matted ground, huge sand box, a stream with stepping stones, and of course slides and climbing structures. Best of all, it's in a large bowl-shaped area so you can sit down pretty much anywhere and keep an eye on your little one. There also is an ice rink and bowling alley next door and my daughter's favorite--a carousel.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersLocal Culture
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    Family Travelers
    + 4
    • Foodies
    • Backpackers
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Art & Design Lovers

    Rooftop @ Yerba Buena Gardens. Head here for ice-skating, bowling, a carousel, a playground, and the Children's Creativity Museum, a hands-on arts-and-technology center

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens

    You wouldn't know it from looking but this place has an ice skating rink and a bowling alley. Great for kids!!!

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena GardensPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 6
    • Business Travelers
    • Family Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Green Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Spiritual Seekers

    Yerba Buena Gardens is the name for two blocks of public parks located between Third and Fourth and Mission and Folsom Streets. A pedestrian bridge over Howard Street connects the two blocks, sitting on top of part of the Moscone Center Convention Center. Yerba Buena of course was the name of the town in the Mexican territory of Alta California that became the city of San Francisco.

    Until he got too big, my favourite activity was to take the Kid to the big Playground. He would happily spend hours on the slide and other attractions while I comfortably sat off at the side watching him and catching up on my relaxing and reading. We would also go over to the nearby SF MOMA and look around. On the way, we would stop at the MLK Memorial (which is located behind a waterfall) and admire the etched glass excerpts from King's speeches (in multiple sister city languages).

    But wait there's more!

    - On the terrace level above the waterfall is the pretty and scenic sister cities garden.

    - The Zeum, an award winning children's media and technology museum.

    - A restored 1905 carousel originally located at Playland-at-the-Beach.

    - The ice skating rink and bowling alley.

    - The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the nearby Contemporary Jewish Museum. Add the SF MOMA and you have a cultural Hat Trick.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena GardensCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Foodies
    Backpackers
    + 4
    • History Buffs
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers

    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.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena GardensPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Foodies
    + 2
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    First to Review

    A beautiful little park and cultural center surrounded by San Francisco's old and new skyline. A very nice place for a short respite from the normal excitement of the city.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Foodies
    + 5
    • Luxury Travelers
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers

    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.

    Recommended for:Local CultureGreen TravelersFamily TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens

    This is one of my favourite spots in SF during a sunny day or a pretty warm night. It's much cleaner compare to any other plaes around the downtown area and the buildings around the park look very pretty :)

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Foodies
    Adventure Travelers
    + 3
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers

    I love this sanctuary in the heart of the city. On warm weekends, I like to wander around the flowers and fountains, then grab some tea at Samovar. The juxtaposition of the garden and the cityscape is real cool.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 12
    • Business Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Vegetarian
    • Green Travelers
    • Backpackers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Spiritual Seekers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers

    Pretty gardens in the middle of a metropolitan city are always welcomed. This one is fairly big and is a great place to chill during the day.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens

    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!

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens

    OMG I walked these gardens so many times.... I don't know what to say. They're green, they're peaceful, they're loaded with people. And for good reason, too? Cuz they're green, they're peaceful, etc. Waterfall at the end, creates positive ions, and a bunch of noise. Tea house and bar up above... both recommended. Nothing negative about this place. Except for when Apple or whoever rents it out and won't let me in. Bastards!

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Yerba Buena Gardens

    This is a great place to pass a nice morning in San Francisco. It is huge area and you can watch a movie or cross to the other side of the site and visit the art center or listen to a concert. The best part is that is it a walking distance from most of the museums.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report

Description

Encompassing two city blocks of ground, the Yerba Buena Gardens is a piece of tranquil paradise inside San Francisco. Visit the peaceful Esplanade, which consists of 5 1/2 acres of flowers, majestic trees and meadows. Past a 50-foot waterfall stands the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial featuring the famous activist's carved image. Pay tribute to Native Americans at the Ohlone Indian Memorial, and relax in the beautiful atmosphere of the Cho-En Butterfly Garden, where you can observe native varieties of butterflies. Perfect for your children, the rooftop area features ice skating, rides on a carousel and bowling.

OverviewEdit

4.0 out of 5
46 members' reviews
4,737 people visited Yerba Buena Gardens

Nearby Hotels

W San Francisco
W San Francisco
Avg. rating:
71 reviews
Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel
Avg. rating:
33 reviews
St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
Avg. rating:
24 reviews
View all Nearby Hotels

Nearby Attractions

SF MoMA
SF MoMA
Avg. rating:
100 reviews
Local Edition
Local Edition
Avg. rating:
35 reviews
Press Club
Press Club
Avg. rating:
33 reviews
View all Nearby Attractions

Nearby Restaurants

Samovar Tea Lounge
Samovar Tea Lounge
Avg. rating:
35 reviews
Zero Zero
Zero Zero
Avg. rating:
36 reviews
Tropisueño
Tropisueño
Avg. rating:
25 reviews
View all Nearby Restaurants