1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 9 2101
Phone: (619) 239-0512
Hike: 1 miles out and back Level: Easy
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
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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. This beautiful, hidden gem was originally planned and planted by the “Mother of Balboa Park”, Kate Sessions.
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.