Posted on 6/15/2024

Top 7 Fun Palm Springs Family Activities

Palm Springs, California is a sun-soaked desert oasis known for its glamorous past and vibrant cultural scene. But beyond that, Palm Springs is also an excellent destination for families. From outdoor adventures to educational experiences, there are plenty of things to do to keep everyone entertained. Here are some top family activities in Palm Springs:


An iconic roadside Palm Springs attraction, the Cabazon Dinosaur Park is a must-visit with the kids. Many of the dinosaurs displayed in the park are featured in cult classics like Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure and The Wizard. Snap photos with your favorite dinosaur as you walk through the park, or dig for dino fossils and gemstones at the dino dig and fossil/gemstone panning sluice.

The park is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for children, and $11 for seniors and military. 


The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a great educational opportunity for kids and adults! The zoo and botanical garden house more than 150 species on 1,200 acres of land and showcase the uniqueness of desert environments in North America, Africa, and Australia. 

Enjoy animal experiences, including safari tours, a rhino encounter, and giraffe feeding. Private safari tours are also available for a more intimate experience. For nature enthusiasts, there are 50+ gardens throughout the zoo to explore. Learn about the desert’s flora and fauna and how these plants thrive in the desert climate. 

Hours of operation vary depending on time of the year. Admission is $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids. 


ZebraWorld is a great alternative for rainy days or when you want to avoid the heat. It is Coachella Valley’s first indoor playground, with jumbo trampolines, toddler playhouses, mini obstacle courses, and much more for the kids to enjoy. Food and drinks are available for purchase at ZebraWorld. ZebraWorld is open daily from Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission for kids is $20.99 (M-TH) and $24.99 (F-SUN), first adult ticket is free.


Spend an afternoon at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, CA. With over 80 hands-on exhibits for children of all ages, the museum is designed to engage children's curiosity and creativity. 

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $19.95 per person. 


Experience Palm Springs from new heights with the world’s largest rotating tram car, the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. The tram takes you over 2.5 miles up the Chino Canyon to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Once you reach the peak at 8,516 feet, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the two restaurants, catch amazing views at the observation deck, or head out for a hike with over 50 miles of trails to explore.

The hours of operation vary based on days and holidays. Tickets for adults are $30.95, $29.95 for seniors, $18.95 for children aged 3-10, and free for children 2 and under. 


For an exciting outdoor adventure, Desert Adventures offers a variety of tours throughout the Greater Palm Springs area. The most popular is the San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour, where you’ll learn all about the California desert. These tours are ideal for ages three and up. 


Make a Splash at Your Palm Springs Vacation Rental

Cool off from the desert heat at your very own Palm Springs vacation rental with a private pool. Booking a Palm Springs vacation rental with a private pool offers a luxurious experience that you’ll never want to leave. The kids will love having their own slice of paradise right in their backyard!


Book Your Next Family Vacation with Apek Rentals

Now that you know about all the best Palm Springs family activities, it’s time to book your next vacation! Allow Apek Rentals to create your custom, hand-tailored escape to the Coachella Valley. No matter which of our accommodations you choose, we promise your family vacation will be unforgettable.

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