Palm Canyon is a tropical oasis, containing more than 450 palms (58 species) within its 2 acres. A true hidden spot in Balboa Park, the winding paths take the visitor into a shady, lush canyon. The original group of Mexican fan palms – so prominent in the canyon – date back to 1912. In 2001, the California Conservation Corps restored the historic trail that connected Palm Canyon to the Old Cactus Garden. The garden also features a picturesque wooden footbridge leading from the Alcazar Gardens parking lot to across the street from the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
Personal Experience: Although this is a small adventure, it is really packed with beauty! There are so many different varieties of tropical plants growing and winding around this canyon. Since this is a canyon filled with palm trees, check out the many different types of dates growing off of them! It’s a fun little wonderland in there and I think a must-see spot when in the area.