Yerba Buena Gardens

sights / Parks & gardens

Yerba Buena Gardens information

Location
San Francisco , USA
Address
3rd & Mission Sts
Telephone
+1 415 820 3550
Getting there
Muni: Montgomery
Bart: Montgomery
More information
www.yerbabuenagardens.com
Opening hours
sunrise-10pm
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Flanked by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Metreon shopping mall, the gardens bring much-needed spot green to concrete SoMa, perfect for playtime with the kiddies, downtime while gallery-hopping or for clandestine trysts behind the fountain. Free noontime concerts in summer feature world music, hip-hop and jazz.

The show-stopping centerpiece is Houston Cornwell and Joseph De Pace's sleek Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Fountain, a wall of water that runs over the Reverend's immortal words: '…until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.'

A pedestrian bridge over Howard St links the popular esplanade to an often overlooked playground and family entertainment complex. Kids won't want to miss this complex, which includes the hands-on Children's Creativity Museum and carousel, a small bowling alley and an ice rink.