So much to do. Even more to see.
Palm Springs, California offers attractions, entertainment and adventure to please everyone in the family. And with warm weather and sunshine all year long (we average 350 days of sunshine a year!), there’s plenty to do throughout every season. Stroll through art galleries, antique shops and museums. Shop , enjoy live entertainment, or visit gaming casinos. Eat to your hearts content, and then work it off with outdoor activities like hiking and cycling.
With so much to choose from, you may want to visit the Desert Oasis Concierge Desk for more information. Here are a few choices we recommend:
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Experience the adventure of riding one of the world’s largest rotating tramcars, rising over two and one half miles to a scenic wonderland in Mt. San Jacinto State Park. The Tram’s two 80-passenger cars revolve slowly, providing a spectacular 360-degree view of the valley floor and surrounding area. At the top, there’s hiking and camping in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.
Cars depart at least every half hour from 10 a.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. weekends and holiday periods. Last car up is 8 p.m. with the last car down at 9:45 p.m.
For more info or reservations call (888) 515-TRAM or visit www.pstramway.com
Horseback riding is another popular way to explore the surrounding mountains. Smoke Tree Stables offers the opportunity to ride by the hour or throughout the day and can provide guided tours.
Smoke Tree Stables: Toll Free (800) 787-3922
Desert Adventures was voted the Best Attraction and Best Front Line Staff by the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors authority and is the winner of numerous local, regional, and national awards.
Desert Adventures: Phone: Toll Free (888) 440-5337
Hot Air Balloons
Experience breathtaking vistas of some of the most picturesque landscapes in California. Vineyards, polo fields, world famous golf courses, and exotic orchards are just a few of the unbelievable sights you’ll see.
Fantasy Balloon Flights: Toll Free (800) GO ABOVE Balloon Above the Desert: Toll Free (800) 342-8506
The Living Desert
You’ll see remarkable plants, animals, places and natural phenomena associated with deserts and learn how The Living Desert is helping to interpret and protect them. Have fun discovering the area’s nature among 1,200 acres of blooming, scampering, flying, howling fun.
The Living Desert: 760-346-5694 Season Hours: Open every day September 1 to June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last admission at 4:00 p.m. Closed December 25th Summer Hours: Open every day June 16 to August 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Last admission at 1:00 p.m.
Shopping & Entertainment
Shop, shop, shop. With its high-end retailers The Gardens On El Paseo in Palm Desert has been favorably compared to Rodeo Drive. The beautifully designed Desert Fashion Plaza in downtown Palm Springs is another shopper’s paradise with more than 50 fashion boutiques and specialty retail establishments.
The River at Rancho Mirage
A park-like waterfront with an entertainment amphitheater, live music, fountains and cascading waterfalls, it is more than simply a shopping and entertainment center, it is a destination. The River at Rancho Mirage also features a collage of entertainment from upscale restaurants such as P.F. Chang’s to many unique stores and a 12-screen multiplex.
Phone: (760) 341-2711
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
The music and dance of the 30’s and 40’s, with a cast old enough to live it! Enjoy celebrated, world-renowned guest stars, marvelous international vaudeville acts, and a legendary line of long-legged lovelies at the Historic Plaza Theatre.
For more information regarding tickets and show schedules, call (760) 327-0225
Museums and More
Palm Springs Air Museum
History flies through the skies… and your tour guides are the people who made that history. See one of the world’s largest collections of flying World War II warplanes, as well as original and rare combat footage, artifacts memorabilia and World War II uniforms.
Phone (760) 778-6262
Palm Springs Art Museum
The largest and most popular museum in Palm Springs. The Palm Springs Art Museum features contemporary & Western American art, culture, natural history, the Annenberg Theater, basketry by the indigenous Cahuilla Indians, dioramas illustrating local flora & fauna, and even a wing devoted to Death Valley!
In addition, the Annenberg Theater keeps an eclectic calendar from ballet to modern dance, opera to jazz, and comedy to drama.
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
A Hands-On Museum with over 50 exhibits for children to manipulate, explore, and discover such as “Dig It” our archaeological dig where children can dig for actual Cahuilla Indian artifact replicas. Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Mondays during months January-April from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Phone: (760) 321-0602
Cabot’s Old Indian Pueblo Museum
Featuring a Native American art gallery and authentic trading post, Cabot’s Old Indian Pueblo Museum is a Hopi-styled structure painstakingly crafted over a 20-year period. Hours: Open seven days a week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm., Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Last admission at 4:00 p.m. (it takes at least 1.5 hours to enjoy the museum)
The weekly Palm Springs Village Fest turns Palm Canyon Drive into a bustling street fair featuring food, arts and crafts, books, clothing, jewelry, live music and children’s activities.