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Guide to Palm Springs for Families

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Palm Springs and the communities of the Coachella Valley offer endless possibilities to family fun and entertainment, no matter the time of year. Whether you're a family traveling with young children or you're taking your teens on vacation, there are ample opportunities here.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

17 Places

3 City Tips

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17 Places

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Tramways

Tyler's Burgers

Restaurants

Palm Springs Air Museum

Speciality Museums, History Museums, Educational sites

Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs

Water Parks

Boomers! Palm Springs

Theme Parks

Manhattan in the Desert

Restaurants

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

History Museums

Children's Discovery Museum

Children's Museums

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Zoos

Hadley Fruit Orchards

Gift & Speciality Shops

Desert Ice Castle

Sports Camps & Clinics

Brickworks Bistro

Restaurants

Ruby's Diner

Restaurants

Palm Springs Visitor Center

Visitor Centres

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Desert IMAX

Movie Theatres

Lulu California Bistro

Restaurants

scottca075's City Tips

  • Anytime you are going outside, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out and reapply every few hours for protection from the harsh rays here.
  • Keep the kids well hydrated. The environment will dehydrate anyone, but especially children.
  • Bring comfortable shoes for hiking.
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    Tramways
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    scottca075 Says:

    If there are any must-do's in Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tops the list. It is the world's largest rotating aerial tramway, meaning that you never need to worry about getting a good view: The cabin rotates to give you stunning views at every turn. The tram whisks you to an over 8,500-foot (2,600-meter) mountain top, where you have a selection activities — of which snow play is one of the most interesting! In spring and summer there are great hikes, and always excellent opportunities for picture taking with the whole Coachella Valley spread out below you.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy a meal on top of the mountain: The tram stop on top offers two great places to eat. It's especially magical in winter, with the lights twinkling in the valley below.
    • Be sure to take water with you, summer or winter.
    • Sometimes it can be 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the valley floor and in the 40s on top, with snow on the ground. Check the weather and dress accordingly!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • STUNNING! 10/12/2018
    • Have to do once 07/12/2018
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    Address:
    1 Tramway Rd
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-1828
    Phone:
    +1 760-325-1391
    Other:
  • Tyler's Burgers
    Restaurants (American)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Tyler's Burgers is sure to delight any kid or anyone who wants to feel like a kid again. It is a no frills, burger-lover paradise, and its juicy homemade burgers with simple fries and a chocolate malt evoke feelings from a simpler time. Everything here is fresh and homemade, and tastes like it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get a bowl of chili on those cold (cough, 70-degree) winter days.
    • Try the fresh squeezed lemonade.
    • Take cash — no credit cards accepted here!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 275 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Best Burger in Palm Springs 18/11/2018
    • Good food 13/11/2018
    • Tyler's Burgers
    Address:
    149 S Indian Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-6603
    Phone:
    +1 760-325-2990
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$20
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Palm Springs Air Museum
    Speciality Museums, History Museums, Educational sites
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Palm Springs Air Museum has one of the finest collections of WWII-era war planes, many of which were built in Southern California. The museum currently has 29 flyers on display, and several of the planes are movie or TV stars, having appeared in numerous Hollywood productions. Here is your chance for a selfie with a star!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Many of the docents were in the service and flew or repaired these planes — engage them in a conversation.
    • Visit in the middle of the day, because the museum is nicely air conditioned.
    • Try your hand at flying in one of the flight simulators.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Look back into aviation history 08/12/2018
    • An amazing number of planes from 1930's to the 1980's 29/11/2018
    • Palm Springs Air Museum
    Address:
    745 N Gene Autry Trl
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5464
    Phone:
    +1 760-778-6262
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs
    Water Parks
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    scottca075 Says:

    Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs is the premier place to cool off in the Coachella Valley. The 21-acre park offers many rides, from wild to mild — so there are attractions for every age and adventure level.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you come during summer (June to September), rent a cabana for extra shade.
    • Don't forget sunscreen, flip flops, towels, and sunglasses.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    • Untrained staff 29/09/2018
    • Small, overpriced, and dirty 12/09/2018
    • Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs
    Address:
    1500 S Gene Autry Trl
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-3505
    Phone:
    +1 780-327-0499
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Boomers! Palm Springs
    Theme Parks
    scottca075 Says:

    Boomers! Palm Springs is a great place to spend time as a family. The park has go-karts, mini golf, a climbing wall, bumper boats, and more.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This place is open until 11pm on weekend nights, 10pm during the week, and 8pm on Sundays. It is especially nice to come late on warm summer nights.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    • Just okay - could be way better 25/03/2018
    • Good for families with children 21/03/2018
    • Boomers! Palm Springs
    Address:
    67700 E Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92234-5455
    Phone:
    +1 760-770-7522
    Other:
  • Manhattan in the Desert
    Restaurants (American, Deli)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Manhattan in the Desert is exactly what it sounds like — a New York deli dropped in the middle of the California desert. You can get your favorites (corned beef, pastrami, chopped liver, brisket, and more), piled high and thick. And with 'kreplach,' 'kishka,' knishes, and stuffed cabbage, you'd swear you were back on Delancey Street in NYC.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Even if it is warm out, go for a cup of the 'Mish Mash' or kreplach soup.
    • If it is really really hot out, cool down with a nice borscht.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 275 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Soup and a Half 09/12/2018
    • Service was good, food was bland. 09/12/2018
    • Manhattan in the Desert
    Address:
    2665 E Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-4827
    Phone:
    +1 760-322-3354
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
    History Museums
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    scottca075 Says:

    Much of what is Palm Springs, and the entire Coachella Valley, sits on the ancestral lands of the Cahuilla people. The Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla is the largest landowner in Palm Springs, and in addition to casinos, resorts, and golf courses, this Native American group also runs the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, where visitors can learn about the traditions and culture of this people. Amid the glitz and glamour of Palm Springs, this is a must-do for families looking to teach their children about Native American culture.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are many festivals and special events here; check the calendar when planning your visit.
    • Take home a dream catcher from the museum store.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closed indefinitely 28/04/2018
    • Very small, but full of information 15/02/2018
    • Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
    Address:
    219 S Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-6310
    Phone:
    +1 760-323-0151
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Children's Discovery Museum
    Children's Museums
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    scottca075 Says:

    Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert is one of those great places where you can educate your kids without their knowing it — they are just having fun! This is a hands-on museum with 80 different exhibits.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Sign up the kids for a two-hour robotics workshop if time allows.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Rancho Mirage
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Play time while learning! 06/11/2018
    • Successfully tested by grandkids. 12/10/2018
    • Children's Discovery Museum
    Address:
    71701 Gerald Ford Dr
    Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-1934
    Phone:
    +1 760-321-0602
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
    Zoos
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    scottca075 Says:

    Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is the happy result of an attempt to preserve some of the Coachella Valley desert in its natural state. From its modest beginnings, this park has become a significant desert habitat, botanical garden, and zoo that highlights desert animals. The Living Desert Zoo is a participant in important captive breeding programs to preserve several species.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On hot days, go as early as possible.
    • Stay hydrated and wear comfortable walking shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Palm Desert
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quite the improvements over the last few decades 09/12/2018
    • Fun night of lights 08/12/2018
    • The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
    Address:
    47900 Portola Ave
    Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
    Phone:
    +1 760-346-5694
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Other:
  • Hadley Fruit Orchards
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    scottca075 Says:

    Hadley Fruit Orchards has been a roadside favorite in the desert since 1931. The farmers here grow their own dates, from which they make wonderful products — none better than the famous date shake. They also process fruit from all over the state, drying it out to preserve it. The technique goes back to the days before refrigeration and year-round growing, when fruits had to be preserved in different ways to make them available when they weren't in season.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I can't say it too many times: Try the date shake.
    • Ship a "California Sampler" to the folks back home.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 49 Shopping in Palm Springs
    • A MUST Stop For A Date Shake 03/06/2018
    • Date shake heaven 23/04/2018
    • Hadley Fruit Orchards
    Address:
    48-980 Seminol Drive
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
    Phone:
    +1 909-849-5255
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Desert Ice Castle
    Sports Camps & Clinics
    scottca075 Says:

    What do you do when it is 105 degrees out? You go ice skating, of course! Desert Ice Castle provides a full-size ice rink for family fun or serious skating. The rink staff of coaches and trainers include some of the biggest names in figure skating, and they are available for lessons.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you have a budding Michelle Kwan in your house, schedule a lesson with Frank Carroll.
    • If you have the next Wayne Gretzky in your family, check the schedule for LA Kings clinics held at Desert Ice Castle.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 15 things to do in Cathedral City
    • Recreational skating to high level coaching 06/12/2016
    • Great Fun! 16/12/2015
    • Desert Ice Castle
    Address:
    68600 Perez Rd
    Cathedral City, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92234-7216
    Phone:
    +1 760-324-0400
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun
    6:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Mon - Thu
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri
    8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sat
    6:30 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Brickworks Bistro
    Restaurants (Italian, American, Bar, Pizza)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Matchbox Palm Springs is billed as as an 'American Pizza Bistro,' but in fact the menu is incredibly diverse. The pizza, cooked in 800-degree ovens, is some of the very best in the Coachella Valley — and while the kids contentedly munch on it, mom and dad enjoy a porcini-rubbed ribeye or tomato mozzarella arancini.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the "Prosciutto and Black Mission Fig" pizza.
    • Happy Hour is a great way to stretch those vacation dollars!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 275 restaurants in Palm Springs
    • Happy Hour Choices 23/11/2018
    • One of our favorite restaurants (liked it better when it was under Matchbox ownership) 12/11/2018
    • Brickworks Bistro
    Address:
    155 S Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-8303
    Phone:
    +1 760-778-6000
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ruby's Diner
    Restaurants (American, Diner)
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    scottca075 Says:

    As the TV spots say, 'Shooby down to Ruby's.' Ruby's Diner is a small local chain of family restaurants that sprouted from a single outlet on Newport Beach's Balboa Pier. There has long been a connection between Newport Beach and the Palm Springs area, so it's only natural that Ruby's would bring its 1940s-style diner to town. The food is simple and satisfying, and Ruby's is a place where you can always count on a fun time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Join Ruby's e-club for special deals, and Ruby's Kids Club for surprises for the kids.
    • Have a malt — I recommend that you try the special of the month.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 275 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good Old-Fashioned Diner 14/11/2018
    • Breakfast was just ok. 13/11/2018
    • Ruby's Diner
    Address:
    155 S Palm Canyon Dr
    Ste A-6
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-8303
    Phone:
    +1 760-416-0138
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Palm Springs Visitor Center
    Visitor Centres
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Palm Springs Visitor Center ought to be your first stop on the way into Palm Springs — and not just because it will provide you with maps, discount coupons, and lots of great advice. You should see the center itself, because its former Enco service station is a prime example of the Googie architecture for which Palm Springs is famous.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Sign up for the e-newsletter before you go.
    • Ask the staff about their favorite hidden gems in the valley.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Visitors Center with a unique building!! 26/11/2018
    • Excellent! 19/11/2018
    • Palm Springs Visitor Center
    Address:
    2901 N Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-1864
    Phone:
    +1 760-778-8418
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cabazon Dinosaurs
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Cabazon Dinosaurs represent one of those funky roadside attractions that popped up as Americans were becoming more mobile. The diner they were constructed to promote is long gone, but the dinos still make a fun photo op!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Combine a visit to the dinosaurs with a trip to Hadley's and the Desert Hills outlet stores.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Cabazon
    • Dino-land 08/11/2018
    • Dinosaurs in the Cali desert 05/11/2018
    • Cabazon Dinosaurs
    Address:
    50800 Seminole Dr
    Cabazon, CA 92230-2304
    Phone:
    +1 951-922-8700
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Other:
  • Desert IMAX
    Movie Theatres
    scottca075 Says:

    Even though the Desert IMAX has been renamed the UltraMax, the idea remains the same. The theater shows newly released movies in digital 3D on the giant 70-foot-wide by 52-foot-high screen. You feel like you are right inside the movie!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The experience is so real that it may be too intense for younger children.
    • When the mercury skyrockets, this is a great place for a family to hide from the heat.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 Fun & Games in Cathedral City
    • Saw Wonder Woman here. 22/07/2017
    • No mor e imax 21/12/2016
    • Desert IMAX
    Address:
    68510 E Palm Canyon Dr
    Cathedral City, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92234-1300
    Phone:
    +1 760-324-7333
    Other:
  • Lulu California Bistro
    Restaurants
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    scottca075 Says:

    Lulu California Bistro is home to the hottest family-friendly dining in the desert. The restaurant serves up fun, large portions of good food, alongside an infectious atmosphere of excitement.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the house-made potato chips.
    • Sit outside under the misters and watch the buzz of Downtown Palm Springs.
    • Ask about the daily specials!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 275 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun atmosphere 09/12/2018
    • High energy buzz; skip the food. 09/12/2018
    • Lulu California Bistro
    Address:
    200 S Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-6312
    Phone:
    +1 760-327-5858
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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