Looking to support local businesses on your next family getaway to Greater Palm Springs? We have just the itinerary for you (date shakes included). Save the graphic below and let the family fun begin! And be sure to start your trip off safely by following responsible travel practices; these local shops offer face masks for the whole family.



What better way to kick off a vacation day with the kids than with a homemade pop-tart? Swing by Wilma & Frieda’s, known for their comfort foods with a twist, and grab a few breakfast treats for them (extra sprinkles, please!) and one of their delicious lattes or hot chocolates for yourself.

Next, take a walk on the wild side at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, where a new Australian Adventures exhibit invites animal lovers of all ages to wander among wallabies and hear the kookaburras sing. Giraffe feedings are also available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

If, on the other hand, you have history buffs in the family, you may want to head to the Palm Springs Air Museum for some early morning exploration that will take your knowledge of vintage aircraft to new heights.


After your animal or aircraft encounters, head to the Café at Shields for lunch. This al fresco eatery serves up delicious American and Mexican dishes alongside beautiful garden views, and you can never go wrong with a post-lunch date shake made from locally grown dates!

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Once everyone has refueled, you’ll want to head back out to those wide-open spaces. Make your way to the Indian Canyons with Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours & Events, where you can access miles of hiking and horseback-riding trails as well as seasonal, crystal-clear waterfalls. Your kids will enjoy learning more about the history of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, whose ancestors have called these canyons home since time immemorial, and will gain a new appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding them.


Chicken taco with rice and beans from Las Casuelas Nuevas

After a long (but fun) day, you'll all be ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Las Casuelas Terraza and Lulu California Bistro offer spacious outdoor patio dining areas and family-friendly menus that even your pickiest eaters will love. For more options for dining outdoors and under the palms, click here.

Stay and Relax

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End your day with a stay at any of our extraordinary hotels. From lavish resorts sprinkled with lush fairways and swimming pools to charming boutique inns within walking distance of great shopping and dining, Greater Palm Springs has an array of unique and unforgettable accommodations. 

And with properties taking our destination Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge, they’ll be implementing even more best-practice industry standards now that their doors are open to visitors again, so you can feel inspired, relaxed and safe throughout your stay. You can view which hotels have taken the pledge HERE.

Family Vacation Itinerary