Great Things to Do with Kids in Palm Springs

Some of our fondest memories can be traced back to the family vacations of our youth, so when it comes to bringing the family to Palm Springs, you’ll want to treat the kids to the very best experiences the desert has to offer. Luckily, Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley offer activities to fit every child’s interest, whether they love nature, enjoy playing indoors or prefer a bit of thrill-seeking.

If your family is more of the nature-loving type, you can explore the desert by foot with a hike through the Indian Canyons. Another great option is to take a guided tour with Desert Adventures or Elite Land Tours. Elite Land Tours’ Hummers offer a comfortable, air-conditioned experience, while Desert Adventures’ open-air jeeps make you feel at one with the desert.

Or you can take family vacations to new heights with a trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where your kids can check out the desert with 360-degree views as you ride up the San Jacinto Mountains. At the top, you can take the kids for a nature walk through Mount San Jacinto State Park. If the kids are a little older and more adventurous, take to the skies with a hot air balloon ride courtesy of Balloons Above the Desert.

No matter what your kids love to do, they’ll find plenty to enjoy in Palm Springs. Check out the full list of the 10 best things to do with kids in Palm Springs below.



As the deadliest war in history, WWII forever changed the course of American and international history. Today, visitors can view the largest collection of flyable WWII planes in the world at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The kids will learn a...  Read More

Joshua Tree National Park


Joshua Tree National Park is about a 45-minute drive from Palm Springs, but it feels like a world away. Filled with hiking trails, scenic vistas and larger-than-life rock formations, Joshua Tree is the perfect destination for families looking to...  Read More



The Coachella Valley is a beautiful, peaceful sight from the air, and the picturesque landscape as seen from above is filled with vineyards, polo fields, golf courses, and orchards. Older kids can enjoy the views on a family-friendly ride. Perks...  Read More



Once a community center for the native Cahuilla people, the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons are a recreational oasis for hikers, horseback riders and nature lovers. Protected by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the area's hiking trails...  Read More

Elite Land Tours


Make memories your family won't soon forget by booking an adventure with Elite Land Tours. The company offers tours to local desert attractions like the San Andreas Fault, Joshua Tree and the iconic Palm Springs windmills. The family will travel...  Read More



Discover the outdoors from the open bed of a red jeep on a Desert Adventures tour. The tour company specializes in eco tours of the Coachella Valley, including tours of Joshua Tree National Park, the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons, Mecca Hills and...  Read More

Knott's Soak City Water Park Palm Springs


With 360 days of sunshine in Palm Springs each year, it's no wonder locals and tourists alike have flocked to Knott's Soak City to beat the heat since 2001. This 16-acre water park is generally open from March through October and offers 20 water...  Read More



There's no better way to view the Coachella Valley than from above. Don't settle for the view from your airplane window, though. For the best views of the desert, round up the kids and take a cable car into the mountains at the Palm Springs...  Read More



Have your kids ever wondered what a roadrunner and coyote really look like? At The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, you can meet the real life inspiration for these desert-dwelling "Looney Tunes" characters. This Palm Desert zoo focuses on...  Read More



Whether you need a place to set your inner child loose or let your actual children play, the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert has more than 50 hands-on activities to peak your curiosity and keep the entire family entertained for hours....  Read More


Meet Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert...  More About Marissa