Explore Greater Palm Springs: 25 Things to do right now!


Go for a windmill tour- If you are looking for fun things to do in Palm Springs, you should visit the windmill farm. It is led by experienced guides who teach mind-blowing about windmills, like the fact that it is called wind turbines and not windmills. The two-hour-long tour covers even a guided bus tour through the working windmill farm.

Plan a Picnic- Organize a picnic in one of the Coachella Valley’s breezy parks. Grab a big sheet, and stock up on your favorite snacks, and enjoy with your loved ones!

Get your food delivered by a drag queen- Roly China Fusion in Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District gets your food delivered to you by a drag queen. Truly a meal with some extra spice!

Come face to face with a Wallaby- You can meet these kangaroo-like creatures at the Australian Adventures pavilion located at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert.

Watch a movie at a drive-in theatre- Looking for a cool date idea? What can be better than a drive-in movie? You can watch them at the and Palm Springs Air Museum (The Broken Hearts Gallery), Westfield Palm Desert (Cars, The Ring), Palm Springs Cultural Center (The Planters).

Visit Joshua Tree National Park- Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing place to visit. There you will find rugged mountains, gold mining ruins, and desert plains dotted with namesake trees. This beautiful park is located east of Palm Springs.

Enjoy horseback riding- Coyote Ridge Stables in the Morongo Basin offers horse riding at trails including Lizard Rock, Coyote Creek, and Quail Canyon. Horse-riding is an amazing experience and should be tried by everyone.

Experience the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway- Palm Springs vacation will be incomplete if you do not experience the famous Aerial Tramway. Established in 1963 to get from the floor of Coachella Valley to the top of San Jacinto Mountain, it is the largest rotating tramway in the world.

Go hiking at the Indian Canyons- In the middle of Palm Springs, you will find the Indian Canyon Trails. It encompasses more than 60 miles of hiking paths through the mountains. On the hike, you would see spectacular vistas, enchanting rock art, local wildlife, and a mesmerizing 60-foot waterfall. Don’t forget to take a water bottle for the hike!

Visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs museum– For things to do in Palm Springs with kids, you can never miss out on the biggest dinosaur museum in the world. The museum is featured in Hollywood films as well. If you visit this historic spot, don’t forget to try the Wafflesaurus Truck that serves delicious dinosaur-themed ice cream treats.

Get star-struck by visiting Hollywood stars’ homes- Many Hollywood stars had their hideaway homes in the Palm Springs area, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, and Cary Grant.

Enjoy and fun day trip with the family- The mountainous community of Oak Glen is an amazing place for a day trip with your near and dear ones. Riley’s Farm is a working apple orchard that offers pick-your-own fruit and themed educational displays.

Get lucky at the casino- Test your luck at one of the many casinos like Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Agua Caliente, Spotlight 29, and Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, and who knows, you can leave for home with a hefty amount!

Attend the Coachella Music Festival- North America’s most famous festival Coachella is the biggest party ever. Every year famous musicians perform here and serve the visitors with a time that they will never forget. Yes! If you are in Palm Springs during April, then do check out the Coachella film festival!

Visit the vintage stores- If you like vintage stuff, then do visit the Palm Canyon Drive. There you will find vintage clothes, shops, antique malls, art galleries, charity, and thrift stores.

Play golf at the top golf course- Don’t forget to play a golf game in Palm Springs. The city has 100 renowned golf courses and is one of the most popular sports there

Do camel rides and feed giraffes at the Living Desert Zoo- One of the US’s best zoos is the Living Desert Zoo. This zoo is split into North American and African zones and looks like a dessert. You will find mountain lions, zebras, cheetahs, and you can even enjoy a camel-ride and feed giraffes with your own hands.

Go for a bike ride- Take a bike ride along the Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park and enjoy a picturesque pond and athletics fields. You can rent a bike from Big Wheel Tours. They offer a variety of options in their bike rental fleet.

Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum- The Palm Springs Art Museum was founded in 1938. It is located on North Museum Drive. The popular museum is an institution devoted to regional art, performing arts, and natural science. In the Annenberg Theater, music, dance, and theater performances are held.

Palm Springs Weekly Villagefest: Every Thursday, a street fair is held in Palm Springs Canyon Drive downtown, known as VillageFest. You will find three city blocks of art, entertainment, food, and shopping.

Get enchanted by the plants at Moorten Botanical Garden- Situated at the South Palm Canyon Drive, Moorten Botanical garden is spread across one acre, and it displays desert plants. This beautiful botanical garden is home to more than 3,000 plants of various species arranged by geographic region.

Take an adventure at Tahquitz Canyon– The Tahquitz Canyon trail starts at the Visitor Center and ends at the scenic Tahquitz Falls. The canyon is open daily from October to June and on the weekends from July to September.

Do Power Yoga- Yoga in the Park classes are offered on Saturday mornings at the Wellness Park in Ruth Hardy Park at 700 Tamarisk Lane. Practicing yoga while overlooking the trees and other plants and the San Jacinto Mountain’s calming view is the perfect combination for maintaining yoga poses.

Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum- Opened daily is the educational institution the Palm Springs Air Museum. The museum has one of the world’s most extensive collections of World War II and demonstrates the character of World War II warplanes and the brave pilots. Also, some of the related personnel who helped win the war.

Spot endangered species at the Coachella Valley Preserve- the Coachella Valley Preserve is a protected area just north of the Indio Hills. Spread across approximately 880 acres of land, having both desert wetland and palm woodland oases. Here you can spot the endangered Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard.

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