A trip to Palm Desert wouldn't be complete with a visit to our wildest attraction, The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. The entire family will love the animal exhibits and gardens with plants from desert climates around the world. For families visiting with small children, be sure to swing by the Gecko Gulch play area and the Endangered Species Carousel, a merry-go-round where all the animals, including a jaguar, giraffe and gazelle represent species found at The Living Desert. Be sure to leave time, too, for the fun and educational Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center--home to the fascinating Ant Lab--and the unbeatable photo opportunities during the Giraffe Feedings. However you spend your day, you’re sure to find plenty of excitement.
For year-round adventures, don't miss the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Rotating tramcars whisk you to the 8,516' elevation of Mt. San Jacinto where you disembark to enjoy the view and wander underneath the pines. In summer, you can enjoy miles of hiking paths, including family-friendly short nature trails and longer jaunts out into a state wilderness area. When snow covers the ground in winter, bring the family for snow play and sledding, followed by a cup of hot chocolate in the cafe.
With over 80 hands-on exhibits, the Children's Discover Museum of the Desert is the place for some serious fun. Kids can unleash their curiosity as they explore the worlds of science and nature. A can't-miss museum for families with toddlers through elementary school age!
Don't underestimate the kid-friendly factor at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Children of all ages are entranced by the big planes, and entertained with related activities including the kid-sized control tower and flying the flight simulators. Military uniforms are available for photo ops, too!
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.