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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.