Animal exhibits, aviaries, and gardens are all ripe for exploration at this unique zoo devoted to African and North American deserts, and dedicated to “conservation through preservation, education, and appreciation.”
The First Tee’s mission is to positively influence the lives of young people “by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” It’s supported by the LPGA, the PGA, and the United States Golf Association, among others.
Miniature golf, go karts, bumper boats, a rock wall, and a game room—all this and more awaits your family here in Cathedral City.
4. ATV Rentals
Riders six years and over can safely kick up some sand behind the wheel of their ATV at Offroad Rentals on Highway 111. 30-45 minute rides on a variety of terrain are available.
A beach in the middle of the desert? At Splashtopia, the water park for guests staying at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, you’ll find that plus 100-foot waterslides, a meandering lazy river, and pop-up fountains. An army of lifeguards on duty ensure safety at all times.
The Pacific Spin is a raft ride down a 132-foot-long tunnel that drops 60 feet into a 70-foot funnel and ends in a waterfall. The Sunset River is a 600-foot-long lazy waterway. And Kahuna’s Beach House is a four-story interactive family funhouse where getting wet is a must. All this plus tons of eating, drinking, and shopping options await.
Owned by the City of Palm Desert and operated by the Family YMCA of the Desert, this relatively new complex boasts three year-round pools, diving boards, and plenty of play features on nearly eight acres.
Climb aboard an infamous rotating tram car and make your way almost 6,000 feet up Chino Canyon from the Valley Station to the Mountain Station. Once at the top, you can hike, picnic, or just enjoy the breathtaking sights below.
9. Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
There are more than 50 hands-on interactive exhibits and programs here, where kids will learn not only about themselves but about the world in which we all live. As CDMOD’s motto goes, “It’s not just play, it’s serious fun!”
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