Desert exploration, biking and hands-on museums are sure to thrill the young and the young at heart.
1. Ride in a Jeep with Desert Adventures
No matter how diverse your group, the entire family will enjoy an open-air ride into the belly of an active fault line with Desert Adventures. From the back of a red Jeep, you’ll learn about local flora and fauna and the desert’s Cahuilla peoples.
2. Go Cycling with Bike Palm Springs
If your family loves being active, explore Palm Springs on two wheels with Bike Palm Springs. The city’s flat terrain makes for a fun and easy ride along one of the many bike loops.
Adventures also await at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, where kids can dig for archaeological finds or paint the museum’s signature VW Beetle. Over at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, a children’s area features animal encounters and special shows.
4. Stay at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Meanwhile, there’s something for everyone at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. Kids can explore the desert as part of the Desert Rangers program, giving adults the perfect opportunity to enjoy an afternoon at the spa or a round of golf on one of two championship courses.
5. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Before sun sets, check out the world’s largest rotating aerial tramway, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, for views that will make this a family vacation to remember.
Unusual Desert Attractions Around Palm Springs
Greater Palm Springs, and the surrounding area, is a luxurious retreat for sun-seekers, but these oddball attractions offer a glimpse into the eccentricities of desert culture. Visit a creationist museum inside a dinosaur or a dome created from plans allegedly delivered by aliens.