The Esplanade is thought to be a "front yard" of sorts for downtown San Francisco, California. The Esplanade is 5.1 acres of land with trees, meadows, flowers, public art, falling water, and small cafes. The entire area was designed architecturally to be open and welcoming for residents and visitors to the park. It is possible to play, relax, or see live music shows in the meadows depending on the time of year. There are often outdoor concerts and festivals at the Esplanade to entertain those who live in the area. Also nearby are the gardens and Moscone Convention Center.
In the East Meadow there is a woodland grove, grass section and Butterfly garden. Children and entertainers tend to spend most of their time in this section. The trees planted here are tall and dark because they are Italian Stone Pine and Saucer Magnolia. Cherry and Crabapple trees are also found in this meadow. The upper terrace has more shrubs than trees. It is known for its Sister City Garden. The East Garden offers seating, sculptures, and areas for functions. There is a cascading water creation in this area as well. Lastly in the Esplanade is Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater and Visual Arts Center.