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Palm Springs, California

Things To Do In Palm Springs

The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a world-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of Mid-Century America with a cast old enough to have lived it. Venerated guest stars and international vaudeville acts join the Follies' world-renowned line of Long-Legged Lovelies and Follies Gentlemen, all ranging in age from 54 to 83. The Follies has proven, beyond a doubt, Billie Burke's (a.k.a. Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld and a star in her own right) famous quote, "Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese." Our pledge is to remain true to the spirit of early Palm Springs while promising a world-class entertainment experience at every performance. Please enjoy your visit to the Follies website as a remembrance of your last visit, in anticipation of your first or to just check-in with your Follies family before your next.

128 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-327-0225

Fifteen miles long, Palm Canyon is one of the areas of great beauty in Western North America. Its indigenous flora and fauna, which the Cahuilla people so expertly used and its abundant Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm) are breathtaking contrasts to the stark rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond. A moderately graded, paved foot path winds down into the canyon for picnicking near the stream, meditating, exploring, hiking or horseback riding. While in Palm Canyon visit the Trading Post for hiking maps, refreshments, Indian art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weaving, and conversational cultural lore.

Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-323-6018

A sight usually reserved for birds and pilots is available to anyone who boards the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a 12,800-foot-long ride that takes passengers to a mountain station 8,516 feet above sea level. Beneath the tram, the arid landscape surrounding Palm Springs stretches out for miles. The ride takes around 9 minutes, as the 80-passanger rotating tram ferries vista-seekers into the San Jacinto Mountains.

1 Tramway Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-325-1391

More than just your average art museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum is a showcase for world-famous art as well as a host for award-winning musical productions. Fill a day with cultured fun as you take in Dale Chihuly glass art in the morning and the crescendos and diminuendos of an orchestra in the evening.

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-322-4800

With literally hundreds of courses, Palm Springs is a golf mecca in the Southern California desert. Known for its year-round sunny skies and stunning landscape, you'll find all the elements of a great golf vacation in Palm Springs.

City of Palm Springs
Palm Springs, CA 92264

On a hot summer's day, one of the best things to do in Palm Springs is to take a ride from the dry desert floor with the Aerial Tramway, 5,873 feet up into the cool, moist climate of the San Jacinto Mountains. Come and ascend into a pristine wilderness aboard the world's largest rotating tramcars! Truly one of the greatest experiences in Southern California!

This tour takes you to one of the nation's most outstanding wilderness treasures, Joshua Tree National Park. You'll use a rugged back country trail through the Little San Bernadino Mountains to travel from the Colorado Desert to over 4000 feet elevation in the Mojave Desert, and be treated to magnificent unspoiled desert vistas, spectacular rock formations, unique plant and animal life, and outstanding geology.

Riders are treated to a geologic extravaganza on this 20 mile tour that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone on a paved road to the heart of grape country near Mecca. There are no cross roads, no turns, and very little traffic which makes this a relaxing sightseeing adventure. Riders will see the stark beauty of the desert as they descend a total of 1200 feet over the route.

Come see where earthquakes are born! This tour takes you straight to the place geologists have called "the most tortured landscape on earth," via the back country trails of a Bureau of Land Management Wilderness zone.

Head out on a rugged, off-road adventure through California's Little Grand Canyon in the luxury and comfort of a full-size 4x4 driven by an expert guide!  California's Little Grand Canyon is desert backcountry located in Palm Desert, approximately 30 minutes east of Palm Springs. This classic desert backcountry tour combines remote desert scenery and technical off-roading.  As your driver navigates the desert's terrain, showing you points of interest, you will be treated to stunning vistas of ridgelines, colorful canyons and more. You can also do an optional nature walk into slot canyons and palm oases.

This awe-inspiring journey from Palm Springs takes you deep into the heart of California's world-famous San Andreas Fault. On this open-air Jeep eco-tour, experience the forces of nature that have created amazing, steep-walled canyons and the most twisted and tormented landscapes on Earth!

Journey by open-air Jeep from Palm Springs through the California desert to experience stargazing at its best! Your nighttime adventure includes a guided tour of the San Andreas Fault area at twilight and stargazing through a large tracking telescope as your 'Star Navigator' guide shares the mythology of the constellations.

Nope, it's not a mirage - Soak City Water Park Palm Springs is the coolest spot in the desert. Take a break from the heat and spend the day at Soak City's newest water park, filled with 13 refreshing water rides and attractions. Soak City is a 16-acre (6.5-hectare) oasis that offers hours of family fun. Save and get a head start on your vacation planning, book ahead and collect your tickets hassle-free when you arrive. Special Offer - Book now and save almost 20% on the gate price! - Book Now!

The Living Desert was established in 1970 by several trustees of the Palm Springs Desert Museum who foresaw the impact that resort development would have on their local desert ecosystem. This foresight led to an interpretive nature trail and preserve in Palm Desert. Among the trustees was Philip L. Boyd who also founded the Riverside campus of the University of California and the Deep Canyon Research Station in Palm Desert. Among his first tasks was to hire a resident naturalist. This person turned out to be a young woman with energy, intelligence and ambition, as well as experience as a zoo keeper and park ranger, plus graduate work in wildlife biology. Karen Sausman was President and CEO of The Living Desert for forty years and has recently retired. The vision that built The Living Desert and the love of the desert shared by Phillip Boyd, Karen Sausman, our members, volunteers, staff, trustees, and friends, will be carried forward by our new President and CEO, Stacey Johnson. For almost four decades The Living Desert has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. Even as we take immense pride in our accomplishments over the last forty years, we remain as dedicated as ever to the goals that initially inspired us when we first began operations in March of 1970.

47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: 760-346-5694

To say Joshua Tree National Park is immense would be an understatement. The park covers almost 800,000 acres of desert near Palm Springs. Within its borders visitors will find both fragile ecosystems and immoveable geological features. While a true park experience should be spread out over a few days, those with limited time should make sure to visit Keys View, where vistas of the Salton Sea and faraway Mexico await.

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Phone: 760-367-5500

Food & Drink In Palm Springs

Where Palm Springs Eats & Drinks. Located in the the Uptown Design District. An energetic, desert-casual atmosphere and great American modern food at reasonable prices - A place where anyone can come in, sit down and feel at home. Where the locals hangout, eat, drink and have fun. Experience Cocktail hour in the bar from 11am-7pm, $3 Well, $5 Martini's, Margarita's, Mojitos and featuring The Uptown Design District 3 course prixfixe for only $19 from 11am to 6pm 7 days a week.

707 N Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-864-8746

A chic and sophisticated decor provides the setting for distinctive "world cuisine", a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround the dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts.

330 East Amado Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-866-1952

Renowned Austrian Chef/owner Johannes Bacher of Johannes Restaurant offers a unique and innovative Euro-American-Asian cuisine like wiener schnitzel, raw and organic salads, spaetzel and sauerkraut combined with delightful flavors ranging from polenta to wasabi. Everything is freshly made in-house. He also carries a vast variety of award-winning wine selections to choose from.

196 S Indian Canyon
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-778-0017

A casually elegant restaurant, Spencer's features four-star American fine cuisine with a French and Pacific Rim influence, prepared under the direction of Chef Eric Wadlund. The broad menu includes fresh seafood and world-class steaks. Nestled at the base of soaring Mt. San Jacinto, Spencer's glamorous decor and mountain views are the perfect blend of stylish elegance and comfortable informality. Two phenomenal patios, one with gigantic ficus trees, and the luxurious interior created by renowned Los Angeles restaurant designer, Dodd Mitchell, provide a visual feast. The true star, however, is the cuisine.

701 West Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-327-3446

Zin American Bistro is an attempt to modernize and Americanize the traditional French Bistro concept. With Zin recently receiving 3.5 stars and a review of "quite possibly the best food for the money in the Coachella Valley" from author Peter Osbaldeston's Palm Springs Dining Bible, Chef Nicolas Klontz and wine director Mindy Reed have indeed raised the bar of casual fine dining in Palm Springs.

198 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-322-6300

Chop House Palm Springs offers PRIME, all-natural and grass fed beef and chops, butchered in-house and grilled the classic way, allowing flavors and tenderness to develop fully. The seafood is sustainable and they offer organic vegetables wherever possible. They are one of America's Finest Prime Time Top 10 Steakhouses, as well as a DiRONA recipient (Distinguished Restaurants of North America. They have been voted "Best Steaks in the Desert" for several years.

262 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-320-4500

What makes a great pizza? It starts with a great oven! Matchbox Palm Springs has an authentic wood- fired masonry oven where the fire has burned constantly since the day they opened. Modern gas and electric ovens cannot produce the intense heat needed - over 800 degrees - to achieve the crispy, smoky crust that this oven provides. With dough made fresh daily in-house, their goal is to make the best pizza in the desert!

155 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-778-6000

It's all about cravings. Satisfying the ones you have, and creating sensory experiences that are totally unexpected. Fine dining is re-defined in Circa 59, taking the stage with eco-friendly fish, delicious premium cuts of meat, locally grown farm fresh produce and "shareables" you'll have difficulty, well, sharing.

1600 North Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-778-6659

Dining in the desert has never been so cool. A rare Alpine mountain experience awaits you, travel on the longest tram ride in North America and have "a culinary experience above the clouds". Peaks Restaurant is nestled on top of the San Jacinto Mountain at 8516 feet above sea level. Floor to ceiling windows treat guest to a panoramic view of the San Bernardino Mountain range, sunsets, glistening snow and the twinkling lights of the Coachella Valley.

One Tramway Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-325-4537

With Kids In Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to exhibit, educate and internalize the role of the World War II combat aircraft and the role the pilots and American citizens had in achieving this great victory. In addition to flying aircraft, related artifacts, artwork, and library sources are used to perpetuate American history.

745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-778-6262

The Moorten Botanical Gardens boasts 3,000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plants grouped by geographic regions: Arizona, Baja California, California, Colorado, the Mojave desert, the Sonora desert, South Africa, arid South America, and Texas.

1701 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: 760-327-6555

The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum inspires people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures. They keep the spirit alive through exhibitions, collections, research, and educational programs.

219 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-778-1079

When it comes to fun, Boomers! Palm Springs got it all. Race to victory on the Go Kart Tracks, become a golf legend on the Mini Golf Course, or get the highest score in the giant arcades. Boomers got all the greatest attractions and games so there's plenty of fun for all ages.

67-700 East Palm Canyon Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Phone: 760-770-7522

When it comes to fun, Boomers! Palm Springs got it all. Race to victory on the Go Kart Tracks, become a golf legend on the Mini Golf Course, or get the highest score in the giant arcades. Boomers got all the greatest attractions and games so there's plenty of fun for all ages.

67-700 East Palm Canyon Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Phone: 760-770-7522

To some, the concept of a "living desert" may be a bit oxymoronic, when in fact deserts are home to some of the most diverse life on the planet. The Living Desert, found a short drive away from downtown Palm Springs, showcases exotic animals accustomed to this environment, including meerkats, giraffes, leopards, zebras and even cheetahs.

47-900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: 760-346-5694