This Southern California oasis is a wonderful destination for families who want to enjoy some fun in the sun and experience the unique beauty. With its stunning landscapes, outdoor activities, and family-friendly attractions, this is the perfect place to vacation with your loved ones. Here is your ultimate guide for the best ways to optimize your family fun in Greater Palm Springs.


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Stay at a Vacation Rental

Olympic pool at Dolce and Cabana house with mountains in backdrop

When traveling with family, it's important to have a comfortable and spacious place to stay. Vacation rentals offer an excellent option, providing all the comforts of home in a beautiful desert setting. Poppy offers a wide range of vacation rentals in Greater Palm Springs, from cozy apartments to luxurious villas. These rentals are fully furnished and equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, and plenty of space for the whole family. Start planning by reviewing all vacation rental listings here. 

Enjoy a Bike Ride

Family on bicycles in Greater Palm Springs

One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of this wellness oasis is on a bike. Pedego offers rentals and a great location if you are looking to explore Old Town La Quinta. If you are looking to cruise in downtown Palm Springs, Bike Palm Springs offers a variety of rental bikes, from mountain bikes to electric bikes, that are perfect for families. You can choose from various scenic routes, including the Palm Springs Bike Path, which winds through the city's historic neighborhoods and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Biking is a fun and healthy way to spend time with your family and experience the natural beauty surrounding you. If you are in Old Town La Quinta, stop by the local shop Pedego Electric Bikes for a quick spin. 

Visit the Air Museum

Family at the Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a must-visit attraction for families who love aviation. This museum features an impressive collection of vintage aircraft, including World War II planes and rare jets. You can take a guided tour of the museum or even take a flight in one of the historic planes. The museum also hosts special events throughout the year, including air shows and holiday events.

Spend time getting artsy

If you're looking for a more creative way to spend time with your family, Old Town Artisans Studios offers a variety of art classes and workshops for all ages. You can try your hand at pottery, painting, or even glassblowing, and create your own unique souvenirs to take home. The studio also hosts special events and exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing the work of local artists. Another great location for art and education is the Palm Springs Art Museum. 

Experience the Arcade Fun Zone

New and retro arcade games at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

For some classic family fun, head to the arcade fun zone at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. This indoor arcade features a variety of classic arcade games, including skeeball, air hockey, and basketball. You can also try your luck at the prize redemption games, where you can win prizes like stuffed animals and toys. The arcade is open to both resort guests and the general public.

More Family Fun Trip Ideas

  1. Visit the Living Desert Zoo: This family-friendly attraction offers a chance to see desert animals up close, including giraffes, cheetahs, and mountain lions. The gardens also feature a variety of desert plants and cacti.

  2. Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Take a scenic ride up the San Jacinto Mountains on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where you can enjoy stunning views of the desert landscape. At the top, there are hiking trails, a restaurant, and even snow in the winter.

  3. Enjoy a game of golf: Greater Palm Springs is known for its world-class golf courses, and many offer family-friendly options like mini-golf and golf clinics for kids.

Now that you're ready to plan your family trip to Greater Palm Springs - start preparing your trip with these getaway offers.