Palm Desert Activities

Plan an exciting Palm Desert Vacation

Shadow Mountain Resort’s location at the center of Palm Desert gives our guests access to tons of activities in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and the Coachella Valley. We love sharing our local knowledge of the Palm Desert area and having our guests enjoy the best desert activities on their vacation.

On this page, you’ll find many of the activity providers in Palm Desert. From Jeep tours to museums, Palm Desert has plenty of activities for all ages and tastes.

Begin the Desert Adventure!

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Succulent plants

Sunnylands is a place of beauty and wonder, meant to provide a meeting center where people can hold solution-driven community meetings to solve our most pressing problems. Sunnylands offers guided tours – perfect for romantic getaways and family trips.

Palm Springs Art Museum

Woman Looking at Art is Museum

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the museum is the perfect addition to a lunch and shopping trip with the girls or family. In addition to displaying wondrous works of art, they offer workshops and classes.

Palm Springs Air Museum

Fighter Plane Exhibit

The Palm Springs Air Exhibit has an amazing inventory of historical planes like the Curtis P40 Warhawk and the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. You can even book a ride in a vintage Wardbird C-47 Skytrain or P-51D Mustang!

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Ascend two-and-a-half miles to the Mountain Station in a tram car! All the while you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views. Once you arrive at the top there will be hiking trails, mountaintop dining and much more.

McCallum Theatre

Theatre Performer on Stage

McCallum Theatre is the premier Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Palm Springs, CA. Performers such as Willie Nelson, Leann Rimes and Jackie Evancho grace the stage for spectacular performances. 

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Giraffe at the Zoo

Giraffes, Trails, Gardens – Oh My! The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is just one mile from the resort and offers spectacular views, guided tours and more. They focus on conservation efforts, so you can be sure your money is going towards the wellbeing of the eco-system.

Children’s Discovery Museum

Family at Museum

This gem is a fun place to keep the kids entertained throughout the summer and year. Offering a ton of exhibits that children can interact with, like the “Imagine This!” exhibit, the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is sure to please.

Desert Tasty Tours

Food Samples Tray

Take your taste buds for a trip with Tasty Tours! You’ll spend three hours walking just one mile to sample seven of Palm Springs Best Treats. Join the public tour or book a private tour for your family and friends.