The huge and diverse USA has many family-friendly destinations, just like Australia! Beaches, deserts, lively cities, theme parks, places of natural interest, there are just so many things to add to your bucket list of the best things to do in Palm Springs with kids!
Mountain and Palm Tree View from the Saguaro | Photo Source: Chris Goldberg
When we make it over the water and on the long flight to the States, here’s why we’ll be considering some family travel in Palm Springs:
Top Things to do in Palm Springs with Kids
Hands-On Educational Attractions for Kids
We believe that traveling with children shouldn’t just be about seeing the sights and taking cool pictures; we also feel that travel is a wonderful way to teach kids about the world. From learning about different cultures and customs, to discovering more about science, languages, nature, transport, art, music and more, travel often lets kids experience things in a much more meaningful way.
Palm Springs has several cool attractions that help kids to learn more about our planet. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens lets families get up close and personal with creatures from the deserts of Africa and North America and learn more about desert eco-systems. The walking trails provide an immersive and active experience.
For even more hands-on educational fun, there’s the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and the unusual Cabazon Dinosaurs also open the door for learning.
Inside the Cactarium | Photo Source: Chris Goldberg
Fun in the Sun for Everyone
If your kids complain about the lack of beach in Palm Springs, a day at Wet ‘n’ Wild should sort them out! A top-class water park, it has something for the whole family to enjoy. Cool down in the Californian sunshine and have heaps of giggles with the various slides, chutes and pools. A wave pool, lazy river and multi-story fun house add to the appeal. Plus, if your family’s into surfing, check out FlowRider. It’s not quite the same as hitting the waves on Australia’s fine beaches, but it’s sure a novelty to surf in the desert!
Outdoor Adventures for All
Family travel in Palm Springs lets you experience a fantastic array of outdoor activities and make the most of the desert environment. From gentle walks and longer hikes to horse riding explorations and biking trips, there’s no excuse not to get out and about for excellent adventures.
Hiking in the Indian Canyons | Photo Source: m01229
Go hiking in the Coachella Valley Preserve, at Tahquitz Canyon or at other canyons with a significant Indian heritage. Ride the cable car up San Jacinto Mountain and follow some of the trails. If you’re all feeling energetic you can even hike the rest of the way to the top of the mountain. Take a day trip to the San Andreas Fault or Joshua Tree National Park.
Footprints, Winona Mill, Joshua Tree National Park | Photo Source: Robb Hannawacker
If your children (or the adults!) love an adrenaline rush, ATV and off-road adventures are available, or you could soar high above the arid landscapes with a hot air balloon ride.
Looking for something a little gentler? How about a game of golf?
Diverse Entertainment Options
Palm Springs is often associated with casinos, nightlife and more adult-focused fun. Check the local program of events, however, and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised to find that there’s also a good selection of shows aimed at families vacationing in Palm Springs.
Village Fest, held each Thursday evening in downtown, is ideal for families. Street performers and vendors offering an array of crafts, arts and food create a carnival-like atmosphere.
Great Family-Friendly Accommodations
Palm Springs vacation rentals are perfect for traveling families. Enjoy a home from home when on holiday and return to a pleasant and private place of sanctuary at the end of each action-packed day. Make your accommodation part of your overall family travel in Palm Springs package. Various facilities and amenities are available for a comfortable stay with splashes of luxury, which are sure to be appreciated by the adults! From kitchens, private pools, games rooms, home cinemas, and more, keep everyone happy during your family downtime.
Wide Selection of Places to Eat
Even the pickiest of eaters will find something to tempt their taste buds among Palm Springs’ diverse restaurants, cafes and food stalls. Tuck into typical American fare with gusto or add a spicy kick at a Mexican joint. Enjoy the freshest and tastiest ingredients at one of the farm-to-table eateries. Take a culinary journey to Asia or Europe. There are many choices.
Grab your USA ESTA before you go!
Ensure you are prepared and make your ESTA application before you travel! The application can all be done digitally and will only take you around 5 min. Find out if you need an ESTA by clicking on the link above.
Visit the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, see the various statues scattered around the city, go bowling or iceskating and discover why family travel in Palm Springs is perhaps a lot better than you may have initially expected.