Balbao Park is brimming with vegetation. Trees planted for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition have grown tall and spread their branches. Over a dozen small, themed gardens fill the spaces around the buildings and flowers add color along the paths. The Botanical Building, built for the Exposition, is home to 2,000 cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants and palms. It’s free to visit and has wide, accessible walkways.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is the only garden that has an admission fee. It sits in a hollow and is small but nicely designed. The path down is paved and the grade is gentle but wheelchair users should take the longer path and return the same way rather than using the short but steep path to completing the loop.
The large lot on the east side of Park Blvd and the zoo lot are good spots for RV parking. The sidewalks and curb cuts are in fairly good condition. 32.73014, -117.15002