Signature Palm Springs and Palm Desert Activities

Attracted to fun and adventure? We are close to it all. 

Explore native desert plants and animals, soar to great heights on a rotating tram car, tour the San Andreas fault in an open-air jeep…no matter what type of adventure you seek, it’s all here in your our Palm Desert activity guide.Zoo_1024x300

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

For great family fun, just one mile from the resort, visit the Living Desert’s 1,200 acres of desert plants, trails & wildlife. With exhibits ranging from Village WaTuTu to Wildlife Wonders, you’re sure to find plenty of excitement. For more information visit The Living Desert website.

Palm Springs Tram

The entire family will love the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, offering 360° of breathtaking views as rotating tramcars ascend you two-and-a-half miles to the Mountain Station. At the top enjoy panoramic views, hiking trails, and much more.

Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the Palm Springs Air Museum, featuring an up-close look at legendary World War II aircraft. For even more family fun visit Soak City Water Park in nearby Palm Springs or the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage. The newly opened Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert features unique exhibitions, community events throughout the year, and a 2-acre sculpture garden set amid lush landscape and waterfalls.

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Adventure Awaits

By jeep, Hummer, or mountain bike, there are countless ways of making your visit to Shadow Mountain full of adventure. Book a tour to Joshua Tree National Park and the San Andreas Fault, or learn about the flora, fauna and history of the desert.

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Big Wheel Tours
Desert Adventures Jeep Tours

How about a food adventure? Treat your taste buds to a Desert Tasty Tour, a 3-hour walking culinary tour along Palm Desert’s El Paseo. In addition to sampling six different restaurants/specialty shops, participants will learn about the art, history and culture of this amazing city and the surrounding Coachella Valley.

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Music to Your Ears

Whether you like multi-day festivals such as the Coachella Music and Stagecoach Country Music festivals, or just an evening outdoors listening to the sounds of cool jazz, Palm Desert offers it all. January through April, The Gardens on El Paseo features a wine and music series and summer months bring free concerts in Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park.

Night Owls Flock to the Marriott in Palm Desert

For night owls, the Desert Springs J.W. Marriott in Palm Desert offers Costa’s, a great dance club, as well as a seen-and-be-seen lobby bar.

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Art Abounds

If art is in your heart, you’ve come to the right city. Palm Desert’s Art in Public Places program features more than 150 works of art throughout the city. Of note is the El Paseo Exhibition featuring 18 sculptures lining the median of the famed shopping and dining boulevard.

New to this art-minded city is the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. Visitors will enjoy the museum’s changing exhibitions throughout the year and the two-acre sculpture garden with 10 pieces set among lush landscape and waterfalls.

Special Events

From concerts and parades to fashion, food and fun, the Palm Springs area offers countless opportunities to plan your stay around a special events. Fashion Week El Paseo, the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, Golf Cart Parade, La Quinta Arts Festival and of course the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament are just a few of our favorites. Visit Palm Springs Life Magazine or the City of Palm Desert websites for a complete listing of area special events.

Activities Guide

Adventure Hummer Tours42335 Washington Street,Palm Desert CA 92211 760-285-0876 Visit Website
Big Wheel Tours44700 Santa Anita Ave,Palm Desert CA 92260 760-779-1837 Visit Website
Children’s Discovery Museum71-701 Gerald Ford Drive,Rancho Mirage CA 92270 760-321-0602 Visit Website
Desert Adventures Jeep Tours74-794 Lennon Place,Palm Desert CA 92260 760-340-2345 Visit Website
Desert Tasty ToursEl Paseo & Palm Canyon,Palm Desert CA 92260 800-979-3370 Visit Website
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens47-900 Portola Ave,Palm Desert CA 92260 760-346-5694 Visit Website
McCallum Theatre73-000 Fred Waring Dr.,Palm Desert CA 92260 760-340-2787 Visit Website
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway1 Tram Way Road,Palm Springs CA 92262 888-515-8726 Visit Website
PalmSprings Air Museum745 N Gene Autry Trail,Palm Springs CA 92262 760-778-6262 Visit Website
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert72-567 Highway 111,Palm Desert CA 92260 760-346-5600 Visit Website
Soak City Water Park1500 S. Gene Autry Trail,Palm Springs CA 92264 760-327-0499 Visit Website
Sunnylands37-977 Bob Hope Drive,Rancho Mirage CA 92270 760-202-2200 Visit Website