The Soviet legacy is still there: warning signs like danger alarms ordering you not to seat on the grass make the place even more archaic on par with the ice cream Red trolleys from the 1950ies. The Gardens make a nice walk though with some corners being less crowded than others, a refreshing fountain, a collection of strange figures from Russian fairytales which you can only decipher with a local, a bunch of overpriced mediocre diners and all the touristy jazz. Some Great Patriotic War memorabilia, or what's known outside of Russia as WW2 is also there. Come prepared with a history book. To help you slowly flow into Red Square.