If you're searching for a summer vacation destination that offers sunny skies, scenic landscapes, and plenty of family-friendly activities, look no further than the city of Indian Wells. Located in Southern California in Greater Palm Springs, this city is a hidden gem that's perfect for families looking to relax or take on a new adventure. From resorts with water slides and sandy beaches to world-class golf courses and an award-winning zoo, Indian Wells offers plenty of options for the whole family to enjoy.

When to Go

The summer months in Indian Wells can be warm, however, summer is a great time to visit, as the city is less crowded than during peak season. Many of the area's top resorts also offer discounted rates during the summer months, making it an affordable time to take a family vacation.

Where to Stay


Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

This resort offers a variety of ways to cool off during your stay. If you're seeking a thrill, head to HyTides Plunge Waterpark, where you'll find side-by-side dueling waterslides that launch guests from a third-floor tower down into a crystal blue pool. The 30-foot-long slides, aptly named The Rattler and The Sidewinder, offer a fun and friendly competition for the more adventurous pool-goer. For those who prefer a more laid-back experience, grab a float and relax in the 450-foot Desert Twist Lazy River, which meanders through the resort's picturesque surroundings. Kids can also enjoy a refreshing splash pad, and there is a smaller kid's water slide and shallow wading pool (ideal for toddlers).

Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa


The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa is an excellent choice for families looking for a luxurious yet family-friendly vacation. This resort offers a wide range of activities that appeal to both adults and children. There is a dedicated kids' club where children can participate in supervised activities and make new friends as well as a newly opened arcade called, Desert Glow Entertainment, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The resort also offers a family pool with a sandy beach and a poolside bar, a rejuvenating spa, championship golf and stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

For other resort options in Indian Wells check out the Indian Wells Resort Hotel, Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa, and the Sands Hotel

What to Do

The Living Desert

Feeding the giraffes at The Living Desert Zoo and GardensThe Living Desert is a fantastic place for families with children of all ages to spend an afternoon. With interactive exhibits and animal encounters, kids will have a blast learning about the desert and its inhabitants. The opportunity to feed a giraffe or go on a safari is an exciting experience that the whole family can enjoy together. Additionally, the zoo offers a variety of educational programs and shows, including live animal presentations, where visitors can learn about conservation efforts and the importance of protecting wildlife.

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Beautiful lake at Indian Wells Golf Resort with the mountains, palm trees and green grass.

Enjoy a game of golf on a world-renowned golf course. The Indian Wells Golf Resort is home to 36 holes, lush fairways, and panoramic mountain views, perfect for a family day out. The golf resort also offers private one-on-one lessons, couples lessons, children specialty clinics and two-day and three-day golf schools. 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Visitors are also only a short drive away from other top family-friendly attractions and activities in Greater Palm Springs like the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Palm Springs Air Museum, Red Jeep Tours by Desert Adventures, Rancho Mirage Observatory and Joshua Tree National Park

Where to Eat

The Vue Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars for the return of Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, June 2-11, 2023! This highly anticipated event celebrates the diverse flavors throughout Greater Palm Springs, featuring everything from casual eateries to upscale dining destinations. Following Restaurant Week, Summer Eats will also return. Download the FREE Summer Eats Pass and check in at participating eateries and gain access to special discounts, prix fixe menus, and more, so you can save all summer long! 

Several restaurants in Indian Wells will be participating in both Greater Palm Springs and Summer Eats including Cava at Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, Lantana at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, The Pink Cabana, Vicky's of Santa Fe, and Vue Grille & Bar at Indian Wells Golf Resort

With its breathtaking landscapes, variety of activities and accommodations, Indian Wells promises an unforgettable vacation experience for the whole family. Explore more reasons to visit beyond this list and start planning your summer getaway in Indian Wells.