Things to Do on Palm Springs


Annually, the greater Palm Springs area has more than 350 days of sunshine and less than 5 inches of rain. Winter temperatures average in the 70s during the day. Coupled with the 10,831 foot Mt. San Jacinto & the Indian Canyons Palm Tree Oasis, our climate provides unique outdoor experiences. A water park, aerial tram, desert-themed zoo & botanical garden, windmill farm, museums, world-class sport facilities & much more await visitors.

Booze & Caffeine (Mostly Booze)

From retro tiki bars that serve craft cocktails with kitch to sophisticated contemporary hotel lounges, there is something for everyone to get their drink on in the California Desert. In addition to Starbucks and other national coffee chains, the California desert also has some cool places to get your morning coffee buzz.


From Palm Springs to Indio, The Coachella valley, being the sunny & warm resort mecca that it is, provides locals and visitors alike with world-class music festivals, international film festivals, art & architecture fairs, hot air balloon events, dance parties, premier golf & tennis tournaments, pool parties, exotic car shows, parades and much more. Also,our amazing variety of events is no longer limited to the "high Season". Year round, greater Palm Springs has something for everyone.


There are more than 110 golf courses in greater Palm Springs that have been designed by golf royalty such as Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Calling the greater Palm Springs area a world-class golf destination is simply an understatement; we have a course for every level of play, country club communities with amenities suitable for the rich and famous, driving ranges, golf academies, tournament coordination, pro shops, club and cart rentals, etc, etc, etc.

Restaurants & Entertainment

While maintaining a small town feel, the California desert provides visitors with world-class menus from award-winning chefs. Cuisines available include American, California fusion, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, French, Greek, Mexican and just about any other type of food imaginable. Our 350 days of annual sunshine allows for more al fresco dining options then much larger cities, and our mountains, golf courses, swimming pools and palm tree lined streets offer dining views like no place else. As a major resort destination close to Hollywood, the California desert also features top quality entertainment.


World class shopping awaits you in the greater Palm Springs area. Here you will find numerous shopping destinations including a traditional shopping mall, a huge outlet mall, a mile long strip of upscale fashion & dining, a downtown shopping & dining area, an uptown design district highlighting modernist art, interior design and decor, consignment malls, antique districts and more. Below we`ve listed the major shopping areas in greater Palm Springs, along with some of our favorite stores.

Local Services

While in the greater Palm Springs area,we hope you have a fun and safe vacation. Services listed here can help with both. From baby equipment & bike rentals to private chefs, event venues and caterers, this local services guide will help ensure that you have what you need when you need it to have the best possible vacation. For your safety, it also includes local hospital and police station.