Palms Springs is known for it’s dynamic outdoor things to do and incredibly beautiful sunny weather. What other destination in the world has beautiful crisp blue skies, with temperatures that could top 75 degrees in the fall and winter months. So, what better way to enjoy this “heaven on earth” weather, and aesthetically beautiful environment, than to do it outdoors?
So, here’s the top 3 outdoor things to do in Palm Springs.
1. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47-900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Regular Season Adults $12.50; Children – (Ages 3-12) $7.50 and (Ages 2 and under) Free; Seniors (62+) $11.00; Military $11
Summer Season Adults $9.50; Children – (Ages 3-12) $5.25 and (Ages 2 and under) Free; Seniors (62+) $9.50; Military $9.50
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a great place for site-seeing and personal interaction with live animals. The park is spread across 1200-acres of land, which houses animals that are common to the Palm Springs and desert environments. Such animals include giraffes, lions, bobcats, goats, eagles, and a host of others.
Among my other favorite things to do, my personal favorite is to walk through the butterfly and hummingbird exhibit. This exhibit consist of 3000 square feet of various types of butterflies, and dozens of hummingbirds. You are actually allowed to touch them, view them, and watch them flutter all around you. This is truly a must see exhibit!
Besides the beautiful gardens and wildlife trails, the park has a beautiful merry-go-round that is sure to be a hit with your kids. The carousel is beautifully crafted to include various animals such as a zebras, lions, jaguars, and warthogs. This ride does come with an additional of cost of $2.00 per ride, and tickets can be purchased at the admission window of the carousel.
2. Mount San Jacinto State Park
25905 Hwy 243
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Park Entrance – Free
Overnight Camping – $15 – $20
Mount San Jacinto State Park is beautifully located outside of Palm Springs, which you can take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to access the park. It is the second largest mountain range in Southern California, and is 10,834 feet above sea level.
The park offers 2 overnight camping destinations, and is a great location for hiking enthusiast. There are over 54 miles of hiking trails, and is a great place to view the spectacular granite peaked mountains.
There are many things to do at this park such as mule riding, hiking, camping, and even skiing! (Cross country ski equipment is available for rental during the winter months for an additional fee.)
3. Indian Canyons
38500 S Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Adults $8; Children – (Ages 6-12) $4 and (Ages 0 – 5) Free; Students $6; Seniors (62+) $6; Military $6
Last but certainly not least, is one of the top things to do in Palm Springs. Indian Canyons is a hiking canyon that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is historically preserved as a protected site of the Cahuilla Indian tribe. You can still view the remnants of Cahuilla tribal life as it were in ancient history. Such remnants include historical hiking trails that lead to rock art, stone houses, house pits, and shelters built on top of cliff walls.
You can also enjoy a 1-mile ranger lead hike, which approximately last 1.5 hours. There is an additional charge of $3 per adult and $2 per child.