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On-site full-service restaurant, affordable Day Spa Passes and treatments. A big place that's a bit corporate, but it's nearby and for what it is, it's well done and a pretty good deal. The next door Desert Hot Springs Spa is more family friendly and has a casual diner called Sunshine Cafe.
New, cute French restaurant, Creative, good quality food, better than what you'd typically find off the Palm Springs main strip.
They recently moved so be sure to go to their new slightly out of the way location, upstairs on North Palm Canyon at Amado. A great artsy selection of teas, french press coffee, wines, DESSERTS. Odd hours, so call first or check the web site. 21 and over. http://www.craveps.com/
An old world classic Palm Springs experience. Service and food can be a little inconsistent at times, but this place is an institution that you should try out.
Great, creative vegan food. Casual atmosphere with an outdoor patio. They've opened several of these throughout the West, but it all started right here in Palm Springs at this little strip mall.
It's a Northwest-based chain, but you'd never know it by the local, friendly service. This place gets packed on the weekends and for good reason.
The Palm Springs Dog Park consists of 1.6 acres of fenced-in grass with dog drinking fountains, shaded picnic tables and even some "green" features: benches made from recycled materials, solar lighting. Dogs run and play leash-free; park never closes. Separate play area for small dogs.
Location: Behind Palm Springs City Hall, across from the Airport
3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Visit a real oasis and learn about the San Andreas fault line and indigenous life in the area. Try the easy 2 mile loop hike. The cost is sliding scale: $0-$5 suggested donation -- much more family-friendly than Indian Canyons at $9/adults, $5/kids.
29200 Thousnd Palms Canyon Rd
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
For decent American cafe food at good prices, try Sunshine Cafe located at the budget-friendly Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel. It's a throw back in time with it's authentic retro style. This Spa has affordable day pass access to it's mineral spring pools, and it's family friendly. The Miracle Springs Spa Hotel next door is a little nicer, but it's not as child/family friendly which might be good or bad depending on your perspective.
This is a Visitor Center. Friendly place with limited hours. Stop by to get a map or ask a question.
If you do Starbucks, well, here it is.
Good place to get your groceries, beverages, and even gas up the car.
Though it's a "museum", don't be thinking Smithsonian or The Met. It's a very interesting educational view of the early desert community. While it's fun to just wonder around, try to schedule one of the tours so you can get into the old adobe building. They have limited hours so make sure you know they are open before you go.
Decent cheap Chinese food. Actually, "for the desert" it's pretty good.
Very nice golf course that's open to the public. The restaurant is also quite good.