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Justin Herman Plaza

Justin Herman Plaza
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Type of Attraction
City Parks & Gardens, Streets & Squares
Interests That Apply
Outdoors, Architecture, Shopping, Art, Photography, Local Culture
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Not Available
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Justin Herman Plaza

Vaillancourt Fountain

Waterfront Plaza and Fountain

Must See

Embarcadero and Sacramento St
(at the end of Sacramento, near Embarcadero)
San Francisco, CA 94111


The Justin Herman Plaza is placed right in front of the Ferry Building, near the base of the Bay Bridge at the Waterfront. This is a perfect place to begin a leisurely stroll down the Embarcadero, with plenty of scenic piers with gorgeous views of the bay. The Vaillancourt Fountain is an impressive if jarring work of modern art, with its giant concrete fingers reaching straight to the sky. In 1989, in a fit of artistic inspiration, U2 musician Bono spray-painted the fountain, earning him a citation for vandalism. Claiming that his addition was merely his artistic expression, he nonetheless incurred the anger of San Francisco's mayor. Still the site of community events, jazz concerts, and other attractions, this court is the center square from which you can plot your Embarcadero shopping and dining.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Visit Time: 30min-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with little or no covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bicycle Bus Subway Taxi Walking
Notes: You can take BART or Muni to the Embarcadero Station.
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: Parking is very limited; if you drive, there are parking garages at Embarcadero Center and south of Market.

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