Sure Palm Springs is better known for their trendy hotels, stunning golf courses, world-class spas, amazing shopping and their fantastic dining scene. But, guess what?? There are a ton of Palm Springs things to do with kids. With plenty of family-friendly accommodations, kid-approved restaurants, and activities this is one SoCal destination the whole family will enjoy. Check out our top 20 things to do in Palm Springs with kids!
Once you are in Palm Springs getting around is simple. The town is incredibly pedestrian-friendly. Your resort most likely will have bike rentals and/or shuttle service to and from the main attractions in town as well. Or you can always just grab an uber.
There is also a new trolley service called The Buzz Trolley which is complimentary and runs Thursdays-Sundays from 11 am-1 am. This program has 4 trolleys that stop at 30 locations throughout Palm Springs making it incredibly cheap and easy to get around town. Keep in mind, there are many things to do in Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, and other surrounding cities. If you would like to explore these cities along with Palm Springs a rental car is probably best.
There are a ton of fantastic family friendly hotels in Palm Springs. The type of trip you envision will determine where to stay in Palm Springs with family. Depending on what type of trip you are taking you may prefer a large resort for the family: We love Omni’s Rancho Las Palmas (You can check out my full review here). Or you may be better off checking out a vacation rental property. Palm Springs is known for their stylish hipster and modern homes with fun pools. Many times I prefer traveling this way because it is so convenient to have all the amenities of a home when traveling with kids. Check out VRBO for some amazing vacation rental properties! There is plenty to do in Palm Springs for kids and adults, including relaxing at the pool A.L.L. D.A.Y. L.O.N.G. which is fine by me. However, if you are looking to get out and explore here are my Top 20 favorite Palm Springs Activities.
The Living Zoo is a wonderful family fun activity and one of our favorite things to do in Palm Desert with kids. The zoo is small making it incredibly manageable to walk around. Yet it’s still big enough to house over 600 animals plus unique interactive experiences that will entertain everyone.
My kids especially loved the Africa area and the Village Watutu. It is designed beautifully and brought back SO many memories of our recent trip to Ethiopia (read more about that trip here). The kids’ favorite experience at the zoo hands down was getting to feed the giraffes. They are still talking about it!! The Living Desert Zoo also had an interactive butterfly exhibit and camel rides available. Don’t miss the awesome model train display or the gecko gulch playground. Both provided great entertainment for our crew.
If you visit outside of summer Tahquitz Canyon is a great 2-mile loop hike that includes a gorgeous 60-foot waterfall. The trail is easy enough for kids just be sure to pack enough sunscreen, water & snacks for everyone. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is probably one of the most popular things to do in Palm Springs with kids in the wintertime. It is the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar. During the winter you can take the tram up and play in the snow, yes snow!
Bet you wouldn’t have thought you would find snow in the desert 😉 You can also snowshoe or go cross-country skiing if the weather permits. During the summer camping and hiking trails are options as well. And, no matter when you visit the views from the tramcar are absolutely stunning and kids and adults of all ages will love this activity.

Chris Agar

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