San Franciscans love their parks, and Yerba Buena Gardens is a local favorite. This park covers two city blocks with open space and carefully tended gardens. It’s an escape from the city within the city and it’s also a good destination for those travelling with children.
The park has many kid-friendly amenities, including a vintage carousel, an ice-skating rink, and the Children’s Creativity Museum.
The gardens are also a place to experience local arts. Public art can be found throughout the park. The most notable piece of artwork is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Fountain. This awe-inspiring monument is made up of shining slabs of glass with excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches inscribed upon them, water flowing over the words.
Yerba Buena Gardens doesn’t limit itself to public art. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, located right in the park, welcomes all kinds of contemporary artists.
The fine arts are well represented in the Center’s museum, while musicians and dancers take the stage. Independent films of all genres are also given screenings here.
Many of San Francisco’s best museums are also in the vicinity of the park. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Museum of the African Diaspora are all minutes away.
The Yerba Buena Gardens’ location and amenities make it a cultural oasis in the middle of the city.