Palm Desert Attractions. Your Ticket to Fun.

Palm-Desert-Aquatic-Center-Child-Web-378pxYou don’t have to break the bank to stay busy in Palm Desert. In fact, you’ll find plenty of attractions in this sun-filled paradise that cost just a few dollars – or are even free. Check out some of our favorite Palm Desert attractions for every traveler.

Family-Friendly Fun

For just a few dollars, take the family to one of Palm Desert’s wildest attractions, the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. With exhibits ranging from Gecko Gulch to Wildlife Wonders, you’re sure to find plenty of excitement.

The entire family will also love the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, offering "360° of Wow" as rotating tramcars whisk you to the 8,516' elevation of Mt. San Jacinto.

Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the Palm Springs Air Museum, featuring an up-close look at legendary World War II aircraft. 

For even more fun with the kids – or just the kid in you – come cool off at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, an eight-acre facility containing a 1,200 sq. ft. recreation pool, a fun splash park for the kids, two 20-foot water slides and an Olympic size swimming pool for a bit of exercise.

Cultural Connections

Palm Desert is famed for its dedication to arts and culture, and nowhere is this passion more prominent than in the city’s Art in Public Places program, featuring more than 130 works of art showcased throughout the city – and all for free.

Open Call Finale, McCallum Theatre

If you’re in the mood for an evening out, The McCallum Theatre is the place for you. Enjoy an astonishing variety of world-class artists and distinguished ensembles and companies at this state-of-the-art performing arts center.

The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is an architecturally distinctive building that features ongoing and temporary art exhibitions in different media. The interior of the building, The Galen, houses four separate gallery areas for rotating exhibits, while the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden is set in a lushly landscaped desert oasis of water features, native plants and winding walkways enhanced by the addition of major sculptures in both abstract and representational styles. 

At the Historical Society of Palm Desert's museum, you'll experience a fascinating collection of historical photos, newspaper and magazine archives, as well as oral history on the founding fathers and early residents of Palm Desert.

Specialty Trips & Tours

From shopping to dining to celebrity sightings there are plenty of ways to enjoy Palm Desert, Palm Springs and the surrounding cities. Check out a few of these exciting trips and unique tours for your next Palm Desert vacation.

Celebrity Tours

See where celebrities from the past and present live and play. Visit famous celebrity stomping grounds and neighborhoods including the Old Movie Colony, Las Palmas and Elvis's Honeymoon Hideaway. Enjoy cocktails at the Rat Pack Hideaway or take a stroll along the Walk of Stars. For more information please contact the following tour providers: 

Culinary Tours

Enjoy a three-hour, guided culinary and cultural stroll along Palm Desert’s El Paseo. Enjoy a combination of enticing food tastings with historical, architectural and cultural insights from a knowledgeable local guide. For more information on this flavorful tour please click on the link below:

Modernism Tours

Visit residential homes and historical landmarks designed by renowned architects including Albert Frey, Donald Wexler, William Cody, E. Stewart William and many more. For more information please contact the following tour providers:

Shopping Tours

Ready to shop till you drop? Try one of these shopping excursions on for size. Enjoy a private shuttle to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets and bargain hunt your way through more than 175 stores. Or discover new shops all throughout the Coachella Valley with your own personal shopping guide. For more information about these shopping options please click on the links below: 

Day Trips

Staying in Palm Desert for a while? Maximize your fun with a day trip to some of Southern California's most notable hot spots. Explore historical museums, shop LA's fashion district, place a bet on the Santa Anita Horse Races or experience the one-of-a-kind annual Tournament of Roses Parade. For more day trip options please contact the following providers:

For even more advice on Palm Desert attractions, events and other things to do, check out our Palm Desert Insider Tips, or visit the Palm Desert Visitor Services counter inside the North Wing of Palm Desert City Hall, your source for Palm Desert travel information.