Palm Springs, California has been our spring break destination since I was a kid so I adore that my parents have continued the vacation tradition with me, my three siblings and our growing families. It’s a gem of a town and I love to see the city bloom with new boutique hotels, restaurants and shopping while maintaining its mid-century modern charm.
While lounging and playing by the pool every day is quite fine by me, those of you with little ones know how key it is to keep things interesting. If you’ve traveled to Palm Springs before or are prepping for a trip to the area soon, then you may have added things like the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Cabazon Dinosaurs or the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert to your kid-friendly activities list.
Here are a couple other family-friendly outdoor activities in the Palm Springs area to keep in mind:
We explored the Morrten Botanical Gardens for the first time this year and we loved it! The garden isn’t super large in size making it an ideal place to take younger kids. The garden includes a walking path, the indoor Cactarium and a nursery. A highlight for the kids was watching the giant tortouise, Tank, and his smaller tortoise friends. Bonus: Kids under five are admitted free. Adults are only $5.00. It’s also a picturesque spot to capture photos.
Tank, the tortoise, with his smaller pal enjoying lunch.
The Living Desert is located a quick drive from Palm Springs (about 35 minutes). It not only has animals from North American desert regions, but also African animals like giraffes, hippos and cheetahs. In addition to the animal exhibits, there are walking trails and a huge outdoor miniature train model. Get there early when the zoo opens so you can explore before the heat gets too hot. The zoo is spread out making for picturesque walks, but for little ones, I recommend bringing a stroller or wagon to help them make it around the grounds without melting.
This outfit was my uniform two days in a row (no shame!) for our Botanic Garden and The Living Desert adventures. Thankfully I had these “Piper” Jambu sandals which are made with soft Memory Foam so I had no problem walking for miles in the heat. I was also impressed with how clean and like new my sandals appeared after walking around in desert dirt and sand for two days. The buttery leather and denim material makes it easy to wipe clean. Get my review of Jambu Spring Collection heels and check out one of my favorite pairs in my recent post. P.S. Use code DUJOUR18 to save 10% on these shoes and any others from Jambu.com.
If you’re planning a trip to Palm Springs, California with your family, keep the Moorten Botanical Gardens and The Living Desert on your itinerary. If you’re a Palm Springs traveler, do you have any other favorite spots for your family? As always, I’d love to hear from you!