TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN PALM SPRINGS
Desert, sun and some pretty unique surroundings. Whether you’re here for a short trip or an extended stay, there is something for everyone in the family. Explore the top things to do with kids in Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
The tram was an unexpected experience, but such a fun one! This is friendly for all ages and fitness levels. If you’re visiting during the hotter season, be sure to go as early in the morning or closer to closing to avoid the hottest times of the day. The switch in elevation helps with the heat a bit, but depending on who you’re toting with you, it could make all the difference in a happy or cranky crowd. The ride is about 8 minutes or so and allows for some of the most awesome views of Palm Springs and the surrounding areas. Catch a video if you can! Once at the top, enjoy the scenery from the front breezeway or spend your time hiking in Mt. Jacinto State Park. The visitor center also has exhibits showcasing the history and animals of the area.
Pro Tip: Dress in layers, wear comfortable hiking shoes and make sure to bring some snacks to avoid paying for food there.
Take a Dip in a Pool
That makes sense, right? You’re in the desert, you should absolutely be seeking water! We were lucky enough to stay at the Westin Desert Willow Villas, next door in Palm Desert. As a family traveling, we can’t recommend them enough! The resort had many pools for us to try, including waterslides and cabanas. Be sure to bring snacks and hydration poolside if there is no pool service.
Pro Tip: Pack pool floaties and toys before your trip to avoid extra costs at your destination.
Spend some time at Joshua Tree National Park
This is a must-do when in the area! Aside from the obviously cool scenery, Joshua Tree National Park has plenty of space to roam and let the kids explore. Soak in the beauty of the area and don’t forget to wear plenty of SPF and sun gear. Stop at one of the three visitor centers to purchase a pass or you can purchase one online in advance. One fun thing that we started when we were in Hawaii, was our National Parks Passport. This is a fun way to track and learn about all of the national parks in the US. If you are looking to beat the heat, visit Joshua Tree National park during the night to witness some out-of-this-world stargazing!
Ok, this one is not technically in Palms Springs, but it’s so dang close! Swing by to explore the dinosaurs and capture some epic photos. There is a neat gift shop inside the body of the first large dinosaur you see. Pick up some cool souvenirs from this shop! Located right off the freeway, this is an easy stop for the family.
Bike Ride through the Town
There are several bike rentals available in Palm Springs. One thing that we loved was how bike-friendly this town and the neighboring areas were. Check out this map to help guide you to the points you want to see! This is a fun way to explore the city. Depending on how hot it is when you visit, you may want to get an early start in the day with the kids.
Civic Center Park
This is another close spot to Palm Springs that has spread out recreational areas, plus a fun playground for the kiddos. You can enjoy the well-manicured grounds or take a family bike ride.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
We didn’t have time to take this one in, but this is a highly rated attraction for the area. Out of almost 3,000 reviews, this spot has earned a rating of 4.5/5! Some of the top features include a discovery center, feeding a giraffe, and interactive tours. This is a stop we plan to prioritize during our next trip to the area.
The next time you’re in Palm Springs with the family be sure to try one of these ideas out. Have you experienced any of these? We would love to hear your take on it! Leave us a note below.
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