Ready for a summer getaway to Greater Palm Springs? The warm, sunny season packs plenty of fun opportunities and one-of-a-kind summertime experiences that only this SoCal oasis can offer. From leisurely vacations for the entire family to exciting activities throughout the region, it’s all here waiting for you! So pack your sunscreen, sandals and swimsuits: Here are 8 reasons to plan your summer getaway to Greater Palm Springs.
1. MUST-STAY RESORTS
The first step of any great vacation is choosing where to stay. Many of these will have you not wanting to leave the premises with all the luxurious amenities like world-famous spas and golf courses. Whether you choose to stay right in the heart of downtown minutes away from shopping or a more secluded oasis resort, there is something for every type of traveler to enjoy.
Need some help choosing? Find the full list of resorts in Greater Palm Springs right here.
2. LOCAL GEMS
Experience the local side of Greater Palm Springs this summer. Family-owned, locally sourced businesses and products are what give the destination its personality. From a thrilling Red Jeep tour through Joshua Tree National Park or the San Andreas Fault Line to freshly made toffee from Brandini Toffee , there are tons of experiences waiting to be had in Greater Palm Springs. Start your day with a cup of locally brewed coffee at one of our many local coffee shops. Later, balance your mind and soul with a yoga session at Power Yoga Palm Springs , because why not, you are on vacation? If you are ready to shop for hand-crafted body lotions and elixirs, visit the Body Deli for all things skincare. For more, we've rounded up the best ways to shop, dine, play and love local during your stay.
3. SPLASH-WORTHY WATER PARKS
Fun for the whole family awaits as you zip down waterslides, float through lazy rivers and make memories under cabanas. Dive into summer at one of the many water amusement venues below:
4. SWEET TREATS
There's no better way to savor summer than by checking out the sweetest Greater Palm Springs ice cream spots. Each location serves up unique desserts and chilled treats while also providing ideal backdrops for Instagram-worthy shots. The ever-popular Ice Cream & Shoppe is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, featuring a Palm Springs-inspired gift shop and a rotating flavor list of ice cream that includes champagne sorbet, brownie sundae and a variety of vegan options. More must-try flavors and vegan indulgences is Kreem . Here, summer days consist of hand-crafted ice cream, coffee floats and caffeinated drinks from Heart Coffee Roasters. Other ice cream establishments worth screaming for include Great Shakes , Nitroinfusions , Tropical Ice Cream Fruit , Lappert’s Ice Cream , and LA MICHOACANA ICE CREAM PARLOR & CANDY SHOP.
5. FAMILY FUN UNDER THE SUN
Summer break is the perfect time to grab the family, make new memories and explore! History lessons come to life at the Palm Springs Air Museum , where you can discover vintage planes and aviation history. The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is the perfect place for little ones to learn about desert conservation while also enjoying the zoo's newest attraction, Rhino Savanna, where you can admire two black rhinos, Nia (pronounced Ny-a) and Jaali (pronounced Jolly). Looking for those after-dark activities? Stargazing may be the option for you! Find adventure for family members of all ages here.
6. FOOD ADVENTURES
Summer Eats Pass returns to bring dining deals to locals and visitors. With the Summer Eats Pass you can explore the incredible dining scene in Greater Palm Springs while spending less. Say no more! It's as easy as signing up, receiving a text, and redeeming your coupon. Check out the Summer Eats Pass, you’ll find everything from special prix fixe menus to free items with purchase and more. Bon Appétit!
7. CRAFT COCKTAILS AND LIBATIONS
Summertime calls for chilled cocktails (or mocktails) by the pool. Cool down with cocktails poolside at High Bar at The Rowan or indulge in pink themed spritz in a girly ambiance at The Pink Cabana . If you're looking for the classics, try local restaurants and bars that offer the best Bloody Mary to accompany brunch or a mid-afternoon margarita on the rocks. If you're looking for fun themed bars, be sure to take flight at PS Air Bar which is a fun speakeasy offering a unique experience or Bar Cecil that brings the Roaring 20's back to life. For a paw-perfect saloon, bring your furbaby to Boozehounds to sit by your side at this dog-friendly bar and enjoy an Aunt Donna's Dirty Poodle. Hear from some of the destination's top mixologists as they share their libation secrets in our video series (then try some of their specialties for yourself!).
8. SPA DAY
Relax, rest and reset in this wellness oasis. Schedule in a massage, a sound bath or spend time soaking in our area's natural hot mineral springs. Need help deciding? Try one of these beautiful spas below:
- The Spa at Two Bunch Palms
- Spa Esmeralda at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
- Miracle Springs Spa
- The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage
- Spa Las Palmas at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
- Spa Desert Springs at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
- Desert Serenity Float & Spa, Palm Desert
- Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
Ready for sunshine? It's time to pack your bags because Greater Palm Springs is calling! Start planning your next visit to this Southern California oasis.