Yerba Buena Gardens has three major areas to explore.
1. At the center is the 5-acre Esplanade of landscaped lawns, public art, cafes, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial & Waterfall, Metreon, Upper Terrace Gardens and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
2. To the South, across Howard Street, is the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden. This 5-acre area on the roof of Moscone Center South is home to the Children’s Creativity Museum, Children’s Learning Garden, Children’s Play Circle, a labyrinth, and outdoor amphitheater. There’s also a 100-year-old carousel, bowling ally and ice-skating rink.
3. To the North of the Esplanade are Yerba Buena Lane and Jessie Square. Here you’ll discover the new SFMOMA Museum Store, Contemporary Jewish Museum, restaurants, specialty stores, the 19th century St. Patrick Catholic Church and an expansive plaza.