Lives in Corona del Mar, California
Since Jun 2007
I live in So Cal splitting time between homes in Corona del Mar and on Coronado Island. My office is in San Francisco and I travel on business way too much.
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.