Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog travels all over with her family of five. Some of their fondest memories can be traced back to their family vacations, including their latest retreat to Palm Springs, California. In her recent blog post, Drake shares some of the best things to do in the desert with kids in tow:
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
“We had heard good things about the Palm Springs Aerial Tram so we decided to head up,” Drake shares. “We rode the 12 ½ minute rotating tram ride (2 ½ miles) to the top of the Mountain to Mount San Jacinto State Park. Once you get to the top you can mosey around the visitors center, or go outside and enjoy some of the nature trails for some more majestic views of the Coachella Valley.”
The Living Desert Zoo
If you want a close look at the some real desert animal life, Drake recommends The Living Desert. “You can ‘travel the world’ as you make your way through.” From giraffes to coyotes, mountain lions and hyenas, there are plenty of exhibits to see, along with a discovery center and play areas too. “The zoo also features a model train exhibit that my kids just loved,” Drake adds.
Villagefest Thursday Night Street Festival
Every Thursday evening, Palm Springs holds a Villagefest Street Festival. “World famous Palm Canyon Drive shuts down to cars and is filled with an array of artists, artisans, entertainers, food stands, handmade gifts and jewelry,” Drake describes. “We loved walking around while we were enjoying some yummy shakes from Great Shakes!”
Hikes for the Nature Lovers
Palm Springs offers a great variety of hikes for families with trails in Joshua Tree or the Tahquitz Canyon and Indian Canyon trails right in town. “Another one not to miss if you are a nature lover is the Moorten Botanical Gardens,” adds Drake. “Not exactly a hike, but it is a beautiful place to spend a little time taking a few pictures along their little trails and seeing all the varieties of cacti and vegetation the area has to offer!”
Desert Dining Restaurants
Drake’s family stayed in a vacation rental home, putting the kitchen to good use by making most dinners at the house while the kids swam. When venturing out, Drake recommends hitting up Cheeky’s or Great Shakes for brunch.
Mid-Century Modern Homes
Palm Springs is known for its gorgeous mid-century modern style homes. For an authentic and comfortable experience, Drake and her family rented one. “My kids went nuts over the triple decker bunkbed. We enjoyed relaxing at the house, making dinner together, lounging in the pool, sitting by the fire and playing board games. In fact, it took a lot of convincing to get our kids to leave the house to explore more of the town because there was so much to do at the house!”