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Yerba Buena Gardens & Carousel, San Francisco, California

745 Mission St, San Francisco, California

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Submitted by: Eric B.

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 s...

Submitted by: Natasha W.

It's not a coincidence that the days I spend relaxing in this park are the same days I feel like SF is the best city in the world.  Such a little gem in the heart of downtown.  Who wouldn't feel like they're in a dreamland when you're surrounded by greenery, skyscrapers, kids running around blowing bubbles and a...

Submitted by: Christina Y.

I was recently told by my doctor that I have a vitamin D deficiency, which is pretty pathetic considering I live in LA, one of the sunniest places in the US. Who knew that it took a work trip to SF, a far less sunny destination, to start working on my personal outdoor time? After a cold, windy, sometimes rainy week, the sun finally came out last week in San Francisco and it was brilliant. I headed straight to this park across the street from my office with my laptop and every intention of doing work outside while I caught some rays. But once I plopped down on the clean, dry grass and looked around me to see other professionals, tourists, kids and dogs all relaxing and enjoying this rare summer day, it was ne...

Submitted by: Jenna O.

This is a beautiful and relaxing place for friends to get together and meet up, have lunch or even just hang out. It's surrounded by great food and fun things to do suc...

Submitted by: Natasha M.

A great park in the mist of downtown craziness. It's great to come here for lunch and sit in the sun. The Yerba Buena Ln has great restaurants and I love Amber. There are summer concerts during lunch hours often. Tons of places to sit an...

Submitted by: Olivia Vanessa R.

Just when you think Downtown is only comprised of looming man made majesties, lo and behold, across Beard Papa, St. Patricks Cathedral and behind Metreon--fresh green grass, cherry blossoms blooming, exotic orchids and million dollar flowers, a waterfall commemorating Dr. Kings life and legacy, stone patios and stone benches, encircled by buildings is one of San Francisco's remaining "natural" (as close to natural a park here in the City can get, right) parks. I treaded across the green pastures and plopped down underneath a blooming cherry blossom tree by the butterfly sanctuary and studied for a few hours here. It gave me that "ah, simple moments" feeling and that fueled me to block out the kids playing ne...

Submitted by: Michele H.

I've spent many an afternoon here when my daughter was younger. A great place to stop for a little break and have the kids let off a lit...

Submitted by: Mark D.

I brought the kids (ages 1.25 and 5) here three times in three days.  It just keeps delivering.  The playground is really unusual and interesting.  It has a giant slide.   We played in the fountain and looked at the seagulls.  We went bowling.   We rode the ...

Submitted by: Jen L.

In the midst of the downtown hub, many (including myself) forget this lovely mid block green patch of love.  I have passed by, sat in, listened to a concert or two, and ate lunch and snacks more times than on my fingers and toes (that's 20).  It piqued my early interest in landscape design and thoughtfully embraced and paid homage to its initial surroundings, including the big church along Mission and SF Moma.   This past December I trekked through this garden with some family and noticed some very cool colors of red, blue and later yellow and happily returned a few days later to snap a few shots. My favorite part:  the large expanse of green and full grown redwoods.  My least favorite: the fountain-while a ...

Submitted by: Regina B.

This weekend I went ice skating for the very first time at Yerba Buena Gardens!!  I LOVED it!  and for my first time ever I didn't fall as much as I thought I would.  ...

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