If you’re looking for a place to live with endless activity options, Palm Springs is the place for you. There is always something to do year round for people of all ages and interests. In this blog I will outline a few of my go to suggestions.
The best place to start is the visitor center. This used to be an old gas station and is now transformed into all things Palm Springs. Here you will find a variety of resources to make your time in Palm Springs a fun one.
The most popular attraction is definitely the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This is a hot spot for both locals and tourists! It is the largest rotating tram car in the world. The entire ride is around ten minutes long and during that time the tram cars rotate slowly, so no matter where you sit during the journey you are guaranteed picturesque views of the valley below you until you reach an elevation 8,516 feet. At the top, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Las Vegas, Coachella Valley, and even the Salton Sea! Once you get to the top there is lots to do. There’s a state park, hiking trails, educational and cultural exhibits, a ranger station, an adventure center, and two restaurants to fuel you for your fun filled adventures! The tram is open seven days a week and tickets can be purchased here: https://pstramway.com/.
If art is your thing, then you are in luck! Palm Springs hosts three art museums! The central one is located on 101 Museum Drive, and contains 28 galleries, classrooms, exhibits, and a theater! More information and ticket prices can be found on their website https://www.psmuseum.org/. There is also the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center which has free entry every Thursday! To discover what current exhibition is being held there, head on over to their website: https://www.psmuseum.org/visit/psam-a-and-d-center. Lastly, there is the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert which always has free admission and their website is https://www.psmuseum.org/visit/palm-desert. So many fun activities to do that don’t cost you a penny!
More hot spots include the Tahquitz Canyon, which is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas in Palm Springs. It contains a 60 foot waterfall, native rock art, and an ancient irrigation system! To find out more about their educational and cultural offerings visit their website: http://www.tahquitzcanyon.com/canyon.
Every Thursday in downtown Palm Springs, Village Fest is held. This festive pedestrian event consists of 80 vendors lined up and down canyon drive. You and your family or friends can walk up and down exploring the different items for sale and taking in the sights and sounds. The local businesses also stay open later for extended fun! A list of their vendors can be found here: http://villagefest.org/.
Palm Springs Air Museum is one of the best in the world. It features over 59 flyable and static aircraft from World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean Conflict. In this climate controlled building there is also a library with a flight simulator and extensive murals and art about aviation.
The museum is open everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tickets can be purchased here: https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/.
The Living Desert Zoo is a big hit among adults and children. This is a place where you can see jaguars, cheetahs, mexican wolves, and even feed a giraffe! There are miles of hiking and nature trails, plus a hands on discovery center. You can see camels, hummingbirds, and butterflies. There is also a free app for audio stops to learn interesting facts. Buy tickets here: https://www.livingdesert.org/.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Palm Springs Historical Society. They offer up to 10 different walking tours! Some include the heart of city tour, rat pack city tour, and even local bike tour. Of course there is also shopping, dining, a casino and relaxing by the pool, as well as hiking, tennis, and golf. Like I said, you will never run out of things to do. Palm Springs is jam packed with fun activities for all!