Greater Palm Springs is known for family-friendly hotels, resorts, and restaurants, but what about thrilling activities? When the whole family visits the region, a ton of adventure awaits. From family-friendly hikes and hot springs to Jeep tours and an award-winning zoo, the list of good times for all ages goes on and on. 


Family-Friendly Hikes

Indian Canyons

Hiking in the SoCal oasis is a refreshing way to take in the unspoiled beauty of a timeless landscape. Always remember to bring enough water, sunscreen, and snacks, and make sure the temperature is appropriate for a safe outing.

A great hike for the entire family is the Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail. Among Greater Palm Springs's most breathtaking spots in the region, Tahquitz Canyon is a culturally sensitive area and part of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. The two-mile loop ascends over 350 feet along a calming stream. Once you reach the top, enjoy the glory of a seasonal waterfall. 

Located in Indian Canyons, check out Andreas Canyon for the Andreas Canyon Loop Trail. It’s only around a mile, but to your kiddos, the adventure will seem larger than life as you witness interesting rock formations, palm trees, and a picturesque creek. 

Also within Indian Canyons is the mesmerizing Murray Canyon Trail to Seven Falls. This one is an easy-to-moderate hike of around four miles, so it’s great for kiddos with hiking experience. During the winter and spring months, there’s plenty of flowing water, and your kids will delight in the unreal waterfall oasis. 


Family-Friendly Hot Springs

Greater Palm Springs provides many opportunities for the entire gang to relax the day away in hot springs. There's nothing like the feeling of these natural waters restoring and energizing our bodies while at the same time making memories that last.

Head to Sam's Family Spa & Hot Water Resort, a park designed for both kids and adults to enjoy the 50-acre property. First come, first serve day passes are available, and little ones aged four and under are free. Experience the therapeutic benefits of 100% mineral waters in four lovely springs free of any chlorine. 

Purchase a day pass for the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel to soak in the eight hot mineral pools with the fam. The tiniest of your group, age two and under, gain access free of charge. You’ll have access to the courtyard with the refreshing mineral pools, poolside dining, and live music on the weekends.


Other Family-Friendly Thrills

Feeding the giraffes at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Little ones love zoos, and Greater Palm Springs has one you do not want to miss. Focusing on the world’s deserts, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has more than 500 animals representing over 150 species on site! It’s an incredible time for all! 

If you’re seeking big-time fun for the entire family, Big Wheels Tours has everything you need. You can customize a family-friendly tour to your needs. As you and your crew cruise along in a sweet Jeep, your trained guide will keep you entertained and informed. This is a fine way to explore Greater Palm Springs with a local who has deep knowledge of the terrain. 

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