Things to do in Palm Springs
Golf, Spa, Hot Air Ballooning, Hiking are just the start
The Palm Springs desert resort cities have blossomed into a year-round haven for visitors and residents. With nearly 365 days of sunshine, an abundance of entertainment and activities, and the picturesque Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains, the Coachella Valley offers a sense of paradise to 3.5 million visitors every year. Find out why celebrities such as Arnold Palmer, Goldie Hawn, Pete Sampras, Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood and Bill Gates have made the valley their getaway and home for years. They cannot resist the peaceful, sun-soaked Southern California resort lifestyle and idyllic setting. The Palm Springs area offers ample and lavish fairways and greens as well as horse riding, tennis, nightlife, fine art and music. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation or an invigorating outdoor adventure, you'll find your own piece of paradise in the Palm Springs Valley and the Miramonte Resort & Spa.
Things to do in Indian Wells
Famous for Golf and Tennis
Indian Wells and the surrounding Palm Desert hotels are filled with opportunities to tour fascinating terrain, from rugged jeep tours to magnificent botanical gardens. Southern California offers the opportunity to try your luck in area casinos, see a live show or tour impressive art museums. The staff of this luxury resort near Palm Desert is always here to help you with sightseeing arrangements. With so many area activities we promise you won't be short of options!
Top Palm Springs Attractions & Desert Adventures
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
An adventure for all seasons, the tram takes you up into the California mountains for spectacular 360 degree views of the valley from the world's largest rotating tram cars. The tram carries passengers from an elevation of 2,643 feet to over 8,000 feet, where a state park and Adventure Center offer miles of summer hiking trails, and winter snowtubing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Ride through steep canyons with Jeep Eco-Tours for a close-up view of native animals, plants, geology and culture of the desert> Jeep tours are a great way to explore the area and national parks in the area. Joshua Tree is one of the best places to take Jeep Tours. Explore the San Andreas Fault and other great geological features in the Coachella Valley.
Wet n' Wild Palm Springs - Waterpark
This massive outdoor waterpark is one of the best places to visit with the kids when in Palm Springs. Wet n' Wild Palm Springs has plenty of fun waterslides, family rides, and raft rides to enjoy in the Southern California sunshine. Rides include a wave pool, simulated surfing machine, water funhouse, lazy river, and many more.
Joshua Tree National Park
Take a drive to Joshua Tree National Park, where the Mojave and Colorado deserts join to form striking rock formations that lure hikers and climbers from around the world. Joshua spans 794,000 acres and encompasses six mountain ranges and two deserts. Joshua Tree is a must see for campers, hikers, outdoorsmen, or anyone with a taste for exploration.
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
Close encounters with native and exotic animals make The Living Desert a favorite destination. This 1,200-acre zoological park features 10 botanical gardens of desert ecosystems and over 400 animals such as coyote, big horn sheep and golden eagles.
Palm Springs Air Museum
At the Palm Springs Air Museum, witness one of the world's largest collections of World War Two warplanes along with rare photographs and memorabilia.
Gaming & Entertainment
Enjoy Las Vegas-style gaming in beautiful Southern California including:
- Fantasy Springs Casino (Indio) - More Info
- Spotlight 29 (Coachella) - More Info
- Morongo Casino Resort & Spa (Cabazon) - More Info
- Agua Caliente Casino (Rancho Mirage) - More Info
- Spa Resort Casino (Palm Springs) - More Info
The prominent McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert hosts a great variety of cultural and entertainment programs whether it's rock concerts, the opera, ice ballet or nationally televised events.
Palm Springs Art Museum
For over 60 years, The Palm Springs Desert Museum has been a cultural showplace with exceptional art and natural science collections and THE WELL®-known Annenberg Theatre which hosts a calendar of exciting events.
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
This museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Cahuilla Indian culture with arts such as basketry and pottery.
The Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert
This museum promotes intellectual curiosity and self-expression through inventive and interactive exhibits and programs. There are plenty of exhibits to explore at this museum including several a rock climb, rope maze, physics and gravity, art, imagination and more.
Shopping in Palm Springs
Outlet Centers & Shopping in Palm Springs
Miramonte Resort & Spa offers an on-site gift shop with popular resort wear, sundries and gifts. To shop the Palm Springs you've heard about; don't miss El Paseo's boutiques and art galleries. There are also outdoor markets, shopping malls and a premium outlet mall.
- El Paseo, the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, offers 150 specialty shops from Ann Taylor to Tommy Bahama.
- The Gardens on El Paseo is a shopping and cultural destination including Saks Fifth Avenue and over 20 retailers such as Tommy Bahama and Williams-Sonoma.
- Palm Desert Town Center and Westfield Shoppingtown feature scores of shops and entertainment.
- Desert Hills Premium Outlets - In nearby Cabazon, shop designer names at discount prices, such as A/X Armani Exchange, Barneys New York, and over 100 of the world's leading names.