by Gudrun Enger, of Kitchen Gadget Girl
In the middle of San Francisco’s South of Market area is Yerba Buena Gardens, with enough activities to keep families, adults and visitors happy for days.
Divided up in two main areas, the lower area is surrounded by Metreon, an entertainment and technology marketplace and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. At the YBCA, take in one of the ODC shows or participate in a join-along on the outdoor stage. At the Metreon, take time to explore the various exhibits and shops, or take in a movie at the Century Theaters upstairs.
During the warmer months, grab a seat on the grass and enjoy a picnic or relax in the sun. Don’t miss the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at the end of the grass area – be sure to take a meditative walk through the waterfalls, stopping to read the inspiring messages.
Across the bridge, as you walk over Harrison Street, marvel at the traffic and excitement of the road below you. On the other side awaits a wonderland of things to do, including Zeum, the museum devoted to technology and creativity, a carousel, bowling alley and ice-skating rink.
Outdoors, kids and families also enjoy the Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Playground, complete with sky-high slides, climbing structures, and a hedge maze. In the warmer months, the water and sand area is popular – bring a change of clothes just in case.
If hunger strikes while you are visiting, check out Samavor for lunch or afternoon tea, or try one of the many restaurants inside the Metreon food court.