Palm Springs Family Friendly Guide
Looking for some outdoor fun while visiting Palm Springs that is good for the entire family? Palm Springs is more than just summer pool parties and shopping in beautiful downtown. Try these exciting tours that show there is more to Palm Springs than what meets the eye!
Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours: Individuals and families can enjoy open-air Jeep Tours to the San Andreas Fault, Palm Springs Indian Canyons, or the majestic Painted Canyon in the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area. Climate controlled tours to Joshua Tree National Park also available. It is a perfect way to see the natural beauty of the Palm Springs area with the entire family. The minimum age for children is 5 years.
Adventure Hummer Tours: Take a Hummer through Joshua Tree National Park or to the San Andreas Fault on one of Adventure Hummer Tours daily trips. Easily able to accommodate a child seat, everyone 6 months or older is welcome. Ticket price includes an expert eco-guide, entrance fees, Hummer transportation, water, snacks, and complimentary pick up from most resorts.
Palm Springs Windmill Tours: The Palm Springs Windmill Tours provide the only windmill tour that goes behind the gates onto a working windmill farm. Families have the chance to explore historical exhibits of past machines and a photo gallery exploring the evolution of wind energy in the Coachella Valley. The tour shows active windmills, solar projects revolutionizing solar energy in windy areas, and the newest natural gas facility in the Coachella Valley.
Star Watch Stargazing Tour: Sky guides will lead families on an unforgettable star-gazing and storytelling tour. This unique and enriching program combines mythology and science with a splash of theatrics, giving audiences an incredible 2-hour stargazing experience in Joshua Tree. Star Watch provides a mini outdoor living room, complete with chairs, blankets and giant outdoor pillows.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-a-half miles along the cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting visitors to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. During this ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering spectacular vistas of the valley below.
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert is a unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world with a mission of desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. While there, families can enjoy private or behind-the-scene tours, hiking trails, giraffe feedings, carousel rides, camel rides, lorikeet feedings and a chance to see the Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center, plus so much more.
Walk of Stars: Discover the many Hollywood Stars who lived, loved, and played in Palm Springs! With over 400 stars bearing the names of well-known celebrities and notable local personalities, the Walk of Stars is a must see. Take one of Palm Springs’ many walking tours that stop by the Walk of Stars, or explore it on your own!
Moorten Botanical Gardens: The Moorten Botanical Gardens and Cactarium is a favorite Palm Springs attraction. The gardens boast 3,000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plants grouped by geographic regions. It is a stunning location where the whole family can wander throughout the gardens and explore the Moorten’s Mediterranean style home, called “Cactus Castle”, often described as a haven of tranquility. The Botanical Gardens truly shares the charm of old Palm Springs.
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert: The Museum inspires curiosity and self-expression through inventive and interactive exhibits for young children. Exhibits include a rope maze, rock climbing, gravity ball fall, loom weaving, "Paint the Volkswagen", "Grandma's Attic" of costumes, a play pizza parlor and grocery store, and so much more! The Children's Museum is a hands-on museum in a safe, caring setting and lots of fun.
McCallum Adobe Museum and Walking Tours: Run by the Palm Springs Historical Society, this museum offer a glimpse into the old past of Palm Springs. Families will be able to learn about the history of the desert communities and what made Palm Springs the destination in the mid-twentieth century. The McCallum Adobe house was built in 1884 and is the oldest existing building in Palm Springs today. Inside the Adobe Museum, families will find exhibits displaying Palm Springs’ colorful life.
Palm Springs Art Museum: Located in downtown Palm Springs, the museum’s extensive permanent collection includes significant works by western, contemporary and glass artists, and features temporary exhibitions from internationally acclaimed artists. During the summer, there are Art Camps for children ages 5-12, where children will explore many exciting artistic journeys with creative hands-on projects and adventurous gallery experiences with a team of experienced museum educators and visiting artists.
Palm Springs Air Museum: Displaying one of the nation's largest collections of operable WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War aircrafts, the Palm Springs Air Museum is the perfect place to learn about airplane trivia and history. Kids can climb inside and explore an operational Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and control their own flight in a simulator or a kid-sized control tower. The museum also has vintage cars, flight simulators, documentary screenings, and an on-site café.
Ruddy’s General Store Museum: In 1983, after decades of acquisition, Jim Ruddy decided to display his extensive collection of general store memorabilia, much of it dating back to the 1940s. These days, visitors can step into the past thanks to his re-imagined but authentic general store. Not only does it boast more than 6000 items, but many of them have never been used and are in pristine condition. Situated around the McCallum Adobe House, this is the perfect place for families to learn about the history or Palm Springs.
Smoke Tree Stables: Smoke Tree Stables offers guided rides by the hour or for the entire day! Experience a few quiet hours of “getting away from it all” on over 150 miles of convenient riding trails providing both solitude and breathtaking beauty. Children 7 years and older are welcome to join.
Boomers! has lots family fun and excitement, featuring go-karts, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, bumper boats, a rock wall, and an arcade with over 100 state-of-the-art video games.
Hiking at Indian and Tahquitz Canyons: Located just outside of downtown Palm Springs, Indian and Tahquitz Canyons have over 60 miles of hiking paths through the mountains, ranging from beginner to challenging. From October – June, there are free ranger led interpretive hikes or talks for families to learn more about the natural landscape and history of the Native American tribe responsible for managing the canyons.
Palm Springs Baseball Stadium: The historic Palm Springs Stadium is open winter and summer for competitive baseball in the form of professional California Winter League and collegiate summer franchise, the Palm Springs POWER! This is a great place to enjoy baseball in the off season with the whole family.
Palm Springs Skate Park: Considered one of the best skate parks in Southern California, the Palm Springs Skate Park boasts a Nude Bowl replica, a huge combination bowl run, and a massive tranny/street section. Skaters attest to the great flow of the skate park and smooth and fast concrete. Managed by Action Park Alliance, the skate park offers camps, lessons, clinics, events, and programs at the only supervised skate park in the Coachella Valley.
VillageFest: Join thousands of visitors and locals every Thursday evening for a great street festival. There is a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Vendor booths are set up on both sides of the street so families are able to stroll through the traffic-free event.
Desert Ricks Indoor Rock Climbing: Desert Rocks is Coachella Valley's only indoor rock-climbing gym. The facility has 7,000 square feet of climbing and fitness space, even containing a smaller room ideal for beginning climbers. Staff is helpful, knowledgeable, and trained to work with all ability levels. The staff is happy to work with ages 4 through active seniors and can teach skills needed to climb successfully.
Escape Room Palm Springs: Guests have 60 minutes to search the room for clues and use the items found to escape and win the game! Be reassured guests are not locked inside and the game is appropriate for children ages 8+. There are six escape rooms to play, making Escape Room Palm Springs one of the largest of its kind in Southern California.