Known as the “Playground of the Stars,” Palm Springs has plenty of attractions to make you feel like a Hollywood star. Whether soaking up the sun in the pool, enjoying a tram ride or taking a sunset walk thru Palm Canyon, the Palm Springs area has a variety of “cool” attractions for a close to home and affordable getaway:
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Ride on the world’s largest rotating tramcar to 8,500 feet and explore the pristine mountain wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park to access more than 50 miles of hiking trails including guided nature walks.
Palm Springs VillageFest: Every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. Palm Canyon Drive (between Amado and Baristo Roads) becomes an old fashioned street fair, with musicians, food, arts and crafts vendors, and a farmers market.
Forever Marilyn Sculpture: A 26-foot tall “Forever Marilyn” located in downtown on the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon and will be on display through early September 2013. The dramatic statue by American artist Seward Johnson represents one of the most famous images of Marilyn Monroe, taken from the film “The Seven Year Itch.” It is a must see and a great photo opportunity!
Palm Springs Art Museum: Located in downtown Palm Springs with a branch location in Palm Desert, this museum offers compelling art exhibitions from national and international artists. Its extensive permanent collection includes significant works by modern and contemporary artists, western, contemporary and glass artists, and features 4-6 temporary exhibitions throughout the year. FREE admission every Thursday night and the second Sunday of every month.
Knott’s Soak City: The coolest spot in the desert. Filled with 13 intense water rides and attractions, Knott’s Soak City is a 16-acre oasis that offers families hours of fun. Explore an interactive four-story funhouse, relax on the lazy river, or ride giant water tubes at Knott’s Soak City’s family-oriented water park. Open everyday from 10am to 6pm.
Palm Springs Air Museum: The Home of One of the Nation’s Largest Collection of World War II Flying Aircraft diplayed in Modern, Well Lighted, Air Conditioned and Clean Hangars. The Buddy Rodgers Theater shows Daily Documentaries about Aviation in the Military with a Special Emphasis on WWII. In Addition to Airplanes and Many Artifacts and Other Historical Pieces, the Museum contains a Library with over 6200 Volumes relating primarily to Aviation and American Military History.
Off-Road Adventures: Starry desert nights are the perfect setting for off-road voyages filled with nocturnal wildlife and moonlight hikes through ancient canyons, rugged trails and rock formations of the San Andreas Fault or Joshua Tree National Park.
The Living Desert (Palm Desert): The Living Desert is a Wildlife Adventure Through the Deserts of the World. It is a Zoo and Botanical Garden dedicated to conservation and education. It is a family-friendly place to explore nature and create meaningful experiences for guests that are remembered for a lifetime. Giraffes, Mountain Lions, Wolves and Cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America. Summer Hours June 1 – September 30 8 AM – 1.30 PM.
College of the Desert Street Fair (Palm Desert): Start summer weekend mornings with more than 300 vendors who set up shop at this free and popular open-air bazaar, held at College of the Desert every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon (summer hours). You can find all kinds of unique merchandise ideal for affordable gift-giving.