Welcome to MetroGuide Networks' overview of Palm Springs-area attractions. Palm Springs and the greater Coachella Valley
area provide a wealth of year-round attractions, both indoor and outdoor, that will appeal to any mood or taste.
From one-of-a-kind museum exhibits illustrating the unique desert environment and early Native American cultures,
to hot air balloon excursions that reveal the wonders which you were too high to see on the plane ride in,
to landmarks which relate to the social history of the area as a playground for golfers and wealthy Hollywood celebrities.
You will marvel at the number and scope of attractions to choose from in a community which makes such a quiet and uneventful first impression.
The desert hides a lot of beautiful surprises from the untrained eye, and Palm Springs is no exception. The Coachella Valley area has hundreds
of interesting attractions. You will be sure to discover many more than we have listed in whatever direction you happen to wander.
Below is a list of some suggested things to do in the Palm Springs Metropolitan Area,
with links to more details when available.
- Aerial Tramway
Ride the largest rotating tramcar in the world to the top of Chino Canyon, and have a meal at the Top of the Tram restaurant, where you will have a spectacular view of the area from over 8,000 feet high.
End of Tramway Road, northwest of downtown. (760) 325-1449.
- Air Museum
Restored and preserved World War II propeller-driven aircraft are featured here, where you can tour the restoration area and view informative programs in the Buddy Rogers Theatre of the Air.
745 North Gene Autry Trail. (760) 778-6262.
- BT West Palm Springs Celebrity Tours
A variety of tours and touring options are available for exploring all of the local noteworthy sites, as well as a special tour that focuses on homes and haunts of the celebrities.
4741 East Palm Canyon Drive, Suite F, Palm Springs. (760) 770-2700.
- Cabot's Old Indian Pueblo Museum
Explore Southwestern history at this Hopi-style adobe structure that took over 20 years to build.
67-616 East Desert View Avenue, Desert Hot Springs. (760) 329-7610.
- Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert
Enjoy a tour of the Atlantic off the Palm Beaches coast on a 49-passenger catamaran, or take the 40-passenger pontoon for snorkeling and wading on a sandbar.
1037 Marina Drive, North Palm Beach Marina, North Palm Beach. (561) 329-4122.
- Date Gardens
Several date groves in the Coachella Valley area, “date capital of the world” since the late 1800s, offer tours, gift shipping anywhere in the world and serve samples of date products, including date shakes.
Indio Orchards, 80-521 Highway 111, Indio. (760) 347-7534
Oasis Date Gardens, 59-111 Highway 111, Thermal. (760) 399-5665
Shields Date Gardens, 80-225 Highway 111, Indio. (760) 347-0996.
- Desert Adventures Jeep Eco Tours
Experience the real desert with Desert Adventures, the original and largest adventure company in Palm Springs. Tours to the San Andreas Fault and Joshua Tree National Park.
Desert Adventures, 74-794 Lennon Place, Suite A, Palm Desert. (760) 340-2345 or (888) 440-5337.
- Desert Museum
A sculpture gardens and cafe, regional art, natural history of the area and the Annenburg Theatre are featured at this nationally accredited museum.
101 Museum Drive. (760) 325-7186.
- General Patton Memorial Museum
World War II memorabilia are on display at this unique museum next door to Camp Young.
I-10, thirty minutes east of Indio, exit Chiriaco. (760) 227-3483.
- Hot Air Balloon Rides
Start your unforgettable aerial exploration of the Coachella Valley with a tasting at a local vineyard in Temecula wine country and Perris Lake.
- Indian Canyons
A few minutes drive from the center of Palm Springs on South Palm Canyon Drive will bring you to land belonging to the Agua Caliente tribe of Cahuilla Indians and the breathtaking natural beauty that has remained untouched for centuries in the Palm, Andreas, Murray and Tahquitz Canyons.
5 miles south of downtown. (760) 325-3400.
- Joshua Tree National Park
Horseback riding, camping and hiking, or just examining the unusual desert flora and wildlife are popular activities at this national preserve comprised of part of the Mojave Desert and southern Colorado.
Joshua Tree, CA (about an hour outside of Palm Springs). (760) 367-5500.
- Knott's Soak City USA
Take the kids to this magnificent water park that features an 800,000 gallon Rip Tide simulator and numerous water slides.
1500 South Gene Autry Trail. (760) 327-0499.
- Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Get a good look at local desert wildlife and flora from the comfort of a shady and misty 1,200-acre park, which also features an African wildlife, hiking trails, a café, gift shop and picnic areas.
47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert / Indian Wells. (760) 346-5694.
- Magical Adventure Balloon Rides
Now departing from ROC's Firehouse Cantina, in front of El Dorado Polo Club, morning balloon rides begin with a waiter-served seated breakfast at the Cantina, and on evening rides conclude with a chef's choice of apptizer, glass of wine or beer, both of which feature a panoramic view of the distant mountains and the Club's polo grounds in Coachella Valley.
50590 Madison Street, Indio. (760) 327-6555, (866) ENJOY-US.
- Moorten Botanical Garden
The rare and unusual flora of the Mojave Desert are featured at the south end of Palm Springs at this indoor and outdoor museum, formerly the Moorten family private estate, where they flourish as they do in the wild
1701 South Palm Canyon Drive. (760) 327-6555.
- Palapas of Araby Cove
With the Santa Rosa mountains in the background, this artists' colony in a canyon of tropical foliage and waterfalls is a beautiful place for exploration and spiritual renewal.
3255 East Palm Canyon Drive. (760) 416-1818.
- Uprising Outdoor Adventure Center
Enjoy rock climbing where beginners lessons are offered to children ages 6 and older, right next door to Knott's Soak City USA.
1500 South Gene Autry Trail. (760) 320-6630.
- Windmill Tours
Get a good look at these wind turbine blades, which catch the wind of San Gorgonio Pass and sweep half the length of a football field, as they supply a clean and quiet source of power to the area, on a 1 ½ hour tour of this part of the Sonoran Desert.