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Family-Friendly Fun

Take a Break from the Zoom Classroom.

As you look for ways to keep your kids entertained and inspired, Palm Desert’s top family attractions are reopening with new safety protocols and procedures to make your trip fun and safe.

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

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. The Living Desert’s new Australian Adventure offers you a chance for an immersive walkabout with wallabies bouncing by and cockatiels flying overhead. Be sure not to miss the unbeatable photo opportunities during the Giraffe Feedings. However you spend your day, you’re sure to find plenty of excitement.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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. (Temporarily closed.)

CHILDREN’S DISCOVER MUSEUM OF THE DESERT

Children's Discover Museum of the Desert

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

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! (Temporarily closed.)

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Air Museum

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.

Palm Desert Aquatic Center

Children's Discover Museum of the Desert

Palm Desert Aquatic Center

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. (Currently open for lap swimming and youth team sports.)

 

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Palm Desert Visitor Services

While Palm Desert City Hall is open to people who wish to conduct business in person with City staff, Visitor Services is located in City Hall’s North Wing which remains closed to the public at this time. Visitor packets with brochures and maps are available to be picked up at City Hall’s Development Services entrance.

If you need advice or directions, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is available by phone, email or the chat function in the lower right hand of your screen to answer any questions you may have.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed weekends and major holidays

Contact Us

760-568-1441       800-873-2428