Slides, rides and squeals of delight are the foundations of Wet N' Wild (formerly Knott's Soak City) in Palm Springs. Brightly colored slides send fun-seekers screaming down chutes and into warm, clear pools. If you're a fan of adrenaline, get in line for the Pacific Spin ride. This ride will shoot you and 3 of your friends through a 132-foot tunnel, then drop you into an oversized 75-foot funnel and finally toss you into a splash pool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a journey through the deserts of the world at this amazing zoo and gardens complex. Dedicated to conservation, preservation, and education, The Living Desert features a butterfly pavilion, endangered species carousel, seasonal exhibits for animal and plant enthusiasts, an interactive discovery center where visitors of all ages can discover, understand, and learn about the Coachella Valley region, and much more.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.