PalmSpringsCaliforniaPalm Springs, California did not disappoint. I recently went there for the first time with my four year old. With daddy gone again with the military and the older two kids away at camp, I thought it would be the perfect time to have a little getaway with my toddler. I chose Palm Springs, because I had heard good things about it. I had never been there and knew next to nothing about the area. I contacted the Palm Springs visitor’s bureau. They were unbelievably helpful. They had plenty of restaurant and activity suggestions for families with toddlers.

I enjoyed Palm Springs a great deal. I felt comfortable and safe the whole time I spent there. If you are traveling with kids, I highly recommend this city and even more if you are traveling alone with kids!

Here’s my list of family friendly activities in Palm Springs.


Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – The world’s largest rotating tramcar and reaches 8,500 feet in 11 minutes. Once at the top, you can explore the pristine mountain wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. There are over 50 miles of hiking trails including guided nature walks.

Knott’s Soak City – At this water park, there is an interactive four-story funhouse, lazy river, wave pool, body slides, and tube slides. This barely made my list. Unless your child is 42”, tall I would skip.

The Living Desert Zoo – This zoo has giraffes, zebras, camel rides, playground, and more. It is almost all outside; so, consider the weather before going.

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert – This is a small children’s museum, but packed with fun things for kids to do like rock climbing and playing pretend. I thought it was excellent and definitely worth going to.

Palm Springs Air Museum – I enjoy going to air museums and this one was great. One of the guys that worked there gave us a mini tour. His stories were incredible and went along with each airplane. I highly recommend this museum. They have a kid area where they can make parachutes and helicopters.

VillageFest – In downtown every Thursday from 7-10PM: there is a street fair with over 175 booths including impressive entertainment.

While in Palm Springs, we discovered some family-friendly places to eat.

Grind Burger Bar and Grill – Delicious organic food.  My burger was so big I could not finish it!  Nice high booths so no one can see your kids acting crazy and $7 kids meals that include a drink and fries or fruit.

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill – Awesome food and atmosphere. They too had nice high booths so no one could see my kids going nuts. My carne asada tacos were some of the best I’ve ever had.

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