The award-winning Yerba Buena Gardens is nestled among a jungle of concrete downtown buildings, making the urban oasis all the more necessary. Located on Mission between Third and Fourth streets, the park is bounded by the Metreon, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the SF Museum of Modern Art and the Moscone Convention Center.
The park hosts the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the meditative Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, a waterfall that allows visitors to pass through to read quotes from the great civil rights leader. Numerous eateries can be found overlooking and around the park, and a theater and more restaurants are located in the Metreon nearby. Across Folsom Street, accessible via a walking bridge, visitors can find a carousel and an indoor ice skating rink.