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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. 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.

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.

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!

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. Military uniforms are available for photo ops, too!

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.

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Palm Desert Visitor Services
73510 Fred Waring Drive
(Inside the North Wing of Palm Desert City Hall)

Hours
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
Closed Weekends and Major Holidays

Contact Us
760-568-1441       800-873-2428