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Things to Do in Palm Springs, California This Summer

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, services and hours of operation may vary for all activities in this post. We recommend checking with each establishment before visiting.

Palm Springs, California is a popular tourist destination year round. However, anyone visiting in the summer months knows this desert oasis can really heat up. Luckily, the local community has a variety of activities that will help you beat the heat and make the most of your summer vacation. Here are a few of the most popular attractions:

Spa Day

Southern California is famous for its luxurious spa and facial centers. Many spas offer pool-side service where you'll enjoy the relaxing serenity of cool water on a hot day. A rejuvenating day at the spa will allow you to relax and offer protection from the brutal sun. You might try scheduling an appointment during peak sun hours. This experience will be a welcome relief and you'll be treated to some of the wonderful California-grown skin products.

Aerial Tram

This fun attraction gives visitors a 360-degree view of the California desert wilderness. The tram travels almost three miles through the beautiful rocks of Chino Canyon and Mount San Jacinto State Park. The leisurely ride offers stunning views of the canyon floor and a birdseye view of the valley. Uniquely, the tram rotates throughout the journey as it propels guests over 8,000 feet to the top of the crevice. From here, guests will bask in temperatures almost 20 degrees cooler than the valley floor. Visitors are then able to explore the multiple restaurants, shops, and museums at the summit.

Golf Outing

Golfing is another popular activity in Palm Springs. The desert oasis is home to prestigious courses used in PGA competition and designed by some of the golfing greats. However, there are plenty of cheaper courses sprinkled throughout the city. Hospitality is at its finest, and you'll enjoy sipping on a cold drink, soaking in the scenery, and practicing your swing—all at low summer rates!

Walk of Stars

The Walk of Stars is a fun replication of the Hollywood star walk. The free attraction offers a glimpse into the lives of some of the desert's most famous inhabitants. Some of the more notable celebrities recognized on the walk include: Shirley Temple, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Ronald Reagan. It's a great commemorative piece and offers guests a nice taste of history and culture.

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

This fun adventure is half zoo and half botanical garden. The zoo is designed to mimic the natural desert habitat of the animals. The gardens highlight some of the desert's most unique cacti and shrubbery. The zoo also has many interactive exhibits from feeding the giraffes to educational games. There are also air conditioned exhibits located throughout the park where guests can enjoy a little relief from the heat while grabbing a drink or a bite to eat.

Joshua Tree State Park

Joshua Tree State Park is one of the most famous parks in Southern California. Unfortunately, a lot of guests pass on this awesome opportunity due to heat, sand, and other discomforts. Luckily, there are many local tour options that allow you to explore this famous area in the comfort of an air conditioned unit. Hummer and helicopter tours are two of the more popular options. You'll enjoy a guided tour of the area, snacks, and the ability to explore at your own pace—all without having to hike out in the sweltering desert sun.

Mid-Century Modern Attractions

Fans of mid-century modern architecture know Palm Springs is brimming with swoon-worthy homes set against a beautiful desert backdrop. You'll find plenty of architectural tours to satisfy your love of the design style and many Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Whether on foot, bike, or bus, it's best to tour in the early morning or late afternoon hours to avoid the heat of summer in Palm Springs. For more details, check out this blog post.


These are just a few of the many fun offerings in the Palm Springs area. You can book your trip in the heart of the action by staying at our relaxing Welk Resorts Palm Springs. The resort includes all the amenities of home, which sets it apart from your standard hotel room. The extra square footage will ensure your time in Palm Springs is comfortable and memorable. Click here to learn more!

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