If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation spot in California, look no further than Palm Springs. This desert oasis is full of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. From outdoor adventures to cultural attractions, this sunny city has something for everyone. Here are five of the best family activities near Palm Springs.
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5 Fun Family Activities in Palm Springs, CA
1 The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a great place to take the kids for an educational and entertaining day out. This zoo features over 500 species of animals from around the world, including giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, and more. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits and activities to keep the kids entertained. A great part of supporting the Living Desert is its conservation efforts, such as reintroduction and recovery efforts for endangered (in the wild) species, field research, and habitat preservation.
2 Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
For an unforgettable experience, take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This cable car takes visitors up 8,500 feet into the San Jacinto Mountains, where they can enjoy stunning views of the Coachella Valley below. At the top, visitors can explore miles of hiking trails or relax at one of two restaurants with panoramic views. The tramway (the world’s largest rotating tram car) is honestly one of the coolest things you can do in Palm Springs and will certainly fill everyone in your party with a sense of amazement and wonder.
3 Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is a must-see destination when visiting Palm Springs with (or without) kids. This park offers plenty of outdoor activities such as camping, rock climbing, biking, and star gazing in a certified dark sky paradise. The whole family can unplug from the modern world and experience the wilds of America untouched in a wholly unique experience.
4 Cabazon Dinosaurs
Cabazon Dinosaurs is a fun roadside attraction for kids of all ages located just outside of Palm Springs in Cabazon. Here visitors can explore life-sized dinosaur sculptures and a museum filled with fossils and other prehistoric artifacts. Kids will love taking pictures with these giant dinosaurs, tickets are affordable ( adults $15, children $13, seniors and military $11), and pets on a leash are welcome.
5 Moorten Botanical Garden
Moorten Botanical Garden is a great place to explore nature with your family in Palm Springs. This garden features over 3,000 species of plants from around the world and cacti native to Southern California’s deserts. Visitors can also learn about desert ecology through interactive displays and guided tours offered by knowledgeable staff members. Find more activities here!
Stay With the Whole Family in Palm Springs
No matter what time of year you decide to visit Palm Springs, you’re sure to have a memorable family vacation. Book one of our incredible homes with volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts, and have fun all day!
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