"Best free thing #25" Yerba Buena Gardens Tip by goodfish
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco: 14 reviews and 36 photos
Here's a nice patch of green close to Union Square (and a whole lot less crowded). It's a couple acres of grassy lawn with tiered plantings, artwork, waterfall and nice memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King. Best of all, from May - Oct, it hosts nearly 100 free concert, dance, theater or other events and festivals. Attached or nearby is a children's museum, outdoor play space, carousel, bowling and ice skating facility and art center. The Museum of Modern Art is also just across the street - the shop there is great for a browse and you can grab a panini from the cafe for an al fresco lunch. For a quick snack, spring for coffee/tea/juice and a heavenly cream puff at Beard Papa's on Yerba Buena Lane by St Patrick's church (www.beardpapasf.com/index.htm).
There's a nice tea lounge and upscale cafe in the park and more eateries close by. If nothing else, it's a chillin' spot for a picnic, sunbathing or just letting the kids run off some steam. See the website below for event schedule, hours and info on the other facilities.
Address: South of Market
Directions: Above the Moscone Convention Center, Beside Metreon- Yerba Buena Gardens covers two square city blocks bounded by Mission, Folsom, Third and Fourth Streets.
Phone: (415) 820-3550
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