Things to do for Family Travelers in Palm Springs and the Deserts 

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    102 reviews

    What an amazing getaway! Take the tram up for some of the best hiking around. Be prepared in the cooler months for snow! There are many hiking trails and snow play areas in the winter. A light jacket is always a good idea when going up in the elevation if you are not used to the cooler temperatures.

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    The Living Desert / Southern California Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    58 reviews

    This is an amazing place to see. If you have children with you its very child friendly and you can arrange times to feed animals.

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    Joshua Tree National Park

    58 reviews

    Just went camping in late October 2013. The park is beautiful and peaceful. Everytime I go here when I take my morning walk or hike everyone you meet is just so nice and friendly. I love it here. Cost is low for entry and for nightly site. They have firepit's and a grill on all the campsites along with pinic ...

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  • 4

    The River

    43 reviews

    Love Five Guys Burgers! Our favorite place to visit for dinner and dessert at Ben and Jerry's!

    Popular withFamiliesTrendstersNightlife
  • 5

    Palm Springs Air Museum

    51 reviews

    Close by and worth a visit on the hottest of hot days or the rare rainy day. Make sure to see if there is an "open cockpit" day.

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    Palm Springs Walk of Stars

    13 reviews

    "Discover the many Hollywood Stars who lived, loved and played in this beautiful desert oasis called, Palm Springs!" Palm Spings BofT

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    El Paseo

    54 reviews

    This is the Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert and the whole Coachella Valley. It has great restaurants, shopping and art on this 2 mile well decorated road. It's a fun street to just stroll and hangout.

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    Indian Canyons

    44 reviews

    "Palm Canyon is one of the areas of great beauty in Western North America. Its indigenous flora and fauna, which the Cahuilla people so expertly used and its abundant Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm) are breathtaking contrasts to the stark rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond. A moderately graded, foot path winds down into the canyon for picnicking near ...

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  • 9

    Forever Marilyn

    19 reviews

    cute :) i had to look under her skirt, wasn't expecting to see panties.

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  • 10

    Knott's Soak City Water parks

    15 reviews

    Great way to spend a day with the kids. A little pricy but you can get tickets online or go after 3:00 to save a few dollars

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  • 11

    Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

    12 reviews

    Great place for kid's 3-12 years old. Kid's get to run around for a couple hours, (indoors) and do cool things!

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  • 12

    Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center

    10 reviews

    New building. Wonderful book selection and info about the park

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  • 13

    VillageFest Palm Springs

    25 reviews

    Every Thursday Palm Springs downtown closes the street at about 5 PM to open up its world famous VillageFest. This is an not to be missed experience when you travel to Palm Springs. Great local food, art, crafts, and live entertainment - all by artiest and restaurants from the local community.

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  • 14

    Indian Wells Tennis Tournament

    11 reviews

    If you happen to be here during a tennis tournament don't miss this! It is an amazing venue.

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    24 reviews

    The best big-box shopping around! Everything you could ever need and more! The butcher is especially well appointed. Always buy the ribs to BBQ!

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  • 16

    Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

    18 reviews

    Last year available. What a treat to see. Been there many times and always a great show with major headliners.

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  • 17

    Moorten Botanical Garden

    15 reviews

    More than 3000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plants grouped by geographic regions

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  • 18

    McCallum Theatre

    9 reviews

    Only a couple of miles away! Feature's big time live theatre.

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    Children's Discovery Museum

    3 reviews

    Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert: Center of learning and discovery, with interactive exhibits and programs. Most of it, hands on! Fun, fun, fun, kids will love it! Located in Rancho Mirage, California.

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    Palm Springs Art Museum

    31 reviews

    This wonderful art museum is in walking distance from the Deauville. There are plenty of hiking groups and every Thursday from 4pm - 8pm the admission is free.

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