Fun Things to do Around Town

There are so many things to do around Palm Desert.  Shopping, dining, movies, theater!

The River, Rancho Mirage, CA

The River

 The Gardens on El Paseo, Palm Desert

The Gardens on El Paseo and El Paseo Village feature trendy upscale, luxury tenants, keeping with the retail and restaurant mix at The Gardens. The centers are the only premier high-end retail destination in the entire Southern California desert region.

Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gardens on El Paseo features: Anthropologie, Aveda, Bare Escentuals, BB • one, Bellissimo, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Cole Haan, Eileen Fisher, Louis Vuitton, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, True Religion Brand Jeans and Williams-Sonoma,.

El Paseo Village features these exclusive retailers and restaurants: Apple, Banana Republic, bebe, Between The Sheets,Lucky Brand Jeans, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade and Janie & Jack. Coming soon to El Paseo Village: Mastro’s Steakhouse.

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert has over fifty “hands-on” exhibits in our main Gallery for children of all ages to learn from in the most interesting and funniest ways possible! As a “hands-on” museum we take the best of both worlds – exhibits and touch or manipulation – and combine them for a world of discovery!

Knott’s Soak City Water Park


Knott’s Soak City Palm Springs is not a mirage, but the coolest spot in the desert. Filled with 13 intense water rides and attractions, Knott’s Soak City is a 16-acre oasis that offers families hours of fun.

 Palm Springs Air Museum


The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft; and our air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep you from interacting with our exhibits.

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival 



Spend the day with your family and friends in support of the National Monument and Friends of the Desert Mountains. Join us in search of wildflowers with guided hikes and nature walks, and enjoy kids’ activities, plein-air painting, various workshops, raffles, and vendors. Free entry to event. Food and merchandise will be available for purchase.

The Living Desert

living desert

The Living Desert is a Wildlife Adventure Through the Deserts of the World.  It is a Zoo and Botanical Garden, Specializing in the Plants and Animals found throughout the Deserts of the World.  Giraffes, Mountain Lions, Wolves and Cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America.  Stop by the Famous Palo Verde Garden Center or one of the largest G-scale Model Train Displays in California.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Begin the 10 minute ride at the Valley Station – elevation 2,643 ft. and end at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 ft. No matter what the season, whether you are enjoying spectacular views or hiking in a pristine wilderness, a one-of-a-kind experience can be had by all.