Entertainment for all ages, Palm Springs offers a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities. To help plan your adventure, below are suggested activities to see and do in Palm Springs.
Day One – Arts and Entertainment
- Learn about the masters of mid-century modern architecture by taking a tour of the desert’s most notable architecture.
- Take a docent tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum to appreciate the Modern and Contemporary American works as well as Studio Art Glass and Classic Western American Art, and other special collections.
- Take home a unique piece of Palm Springs from the many “art walks” throughout town.
- Try your luck at the Spa Resort Casino, and then kick into high gear at one of the local dance clubs.
- After your evening on the town, consider a midnight swim under the stars...
Day Two – Outdoor Adventure
- Aboard the world's largest rotating tramcar at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Begin your 10-minute ride at the 2,643 ft. Valley Station and rise to the Mountain Station at 8,516 ft. Pack a picnic and hike the majestic Indian Canyons or join a ranger interpretive guided tour to learn about the Agua Caliente Cahuilla (pronounced Kaw-we-ah) Indians who settled in the Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz and Chino Canyons.
- Begin your off-road adventure by exploring the San Andreas Fault or the spectacular Joshua Tree National Park. Tour guides will take you through breathtaking canyons, rugged trails and lush desert landscape. Soar along the sand dunes on an ATV, or discover the outdoors on horseback through the majestic canyons and mountain vistas.
Day Three – Family Fun
- Imagine yourself airborne at the Palm Springs Air Museum, an inspiring collection of World War II aircraft and memorabilia. Children can learn to fly in a flight simulator plane under the direction of a veteran pilot, while you browse through a collection of aviation and American military history publications.
- Enjoy nature's beautiful San Jacinto Mountains from the best vantage point of a helicopter tour with mountain-experienced pilots or take flight in a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon.
- The kids can act out their favorite character or play in the pint-size grocery store at the Children's Museum, or learn about the local tribal history at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum or Palm Springs Historical Society.
- Soak up the sun and splash around at Knott’s Soak City, or cheer on Palm Springs’ Power baseball team at the seasonal Palm Springs Power Stadium.
- Visit The Living Desert, a 1,200-acre wildlife and botanical park, featuring rare and endangered desert animals.
- End the day at VillageFest, held every Thursday evening, featuring hundreds of exhibitors, entertainment and other street fair activities.
Day Four – Fun, Sun and Relaxation
- Enjoy a morning round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort or Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Both offer two courses of unparalleled desert beauty and challenging terrain for all levels.
- Spend the day pampering yourself...treat yourself to a massage at a spa resort where mineral therapies rejuvenate.
- Soak up the sun and lounge by the sparkling pool while reading your favorite book at a luxury resort or at a secluded boutique inn.
- Dine alfresco in the charming and hip village, or shop the many retro boutiques, mid-century modern furniture stores, art galleries and chic consignment and thrift shops along Palm Canyon Drive. Cap the evening with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the village of Palm Springs to enjoy the warm, star-studded desert evening.
Day Five – Hollywood’s Favorite Playground
- Discover the secluded retreats and exclusive estates of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley by taking a celebrity tour, or staying overnight in one of the celebrity hideaways.
- Follow Palm Springs’ own Walk of Stars throughout downtown Palm Springs featuring more than 300 stars of celebrities, humanitarians, professional athletes, civic leaders and other influencers.
- Catch sight of a celebrity at one of the seven film festivals in Palm Springs including annual Palm Springs International Film Festivals, or one of the many signature events happening throughout the year.