Palm Desert, with its unique cultural identity, innovative cuisine, diverse shopping destinations and award winning attractions, welcomes an increasing number of visitors from all over the world each year. Their attractions, which range from a world-renowned zoo and conservation center to an eight acre aquatic center to a weekly evening street fair, will enthral and enchant people of all ages from every background.
The Living Desert, more commonly known as the Palm Springs Zoo, provides visitors with a unique view into the plant life and wildlife that thrive in desert environments. The zoo is split into two main sections; Africa and North America. Some of the more popular animal exhibits are the jaguars, mountain lions and cheetahs. The zoo also offers special packages, where you can feed certain animals and be taken on a private tour of the facility. They also offer a package which enables visitors to spend some time with the cast and crew of the Wildlife Wonders show, and experience what goes on behind the scenes. If you are a plant enthusiast, you can visit the propagation garden and for a small fee, you can learn about how some of the plants at the zoo are grown. You will also be able to pot your own cactus plant to take home with you, and enjoy 20% off any purchases from their Palo Verde Nursery.
The Palm Desert Aquatic Center is open throughout the year and offers a variety of activities and facilities for people who like to play sports as well as those who just like to relax by the water. The center is spread over eight acres of land and features three swimming pools, many slides and diving boards, and a range of play areas. If you prefer a water park that is more thrilling and adventurous, then you should visit Wet ‘n’ Wild, which was formerly known as Soak City. This water park is home to a variety of slide and raft rides, as well as specific rides for the whole family.
If you are lucky enough to be in Palm Desert on a Thursday night, a visit to Village Fest is a must. Every Thursday night, Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a lively and energetic street festival. There are a whole array of artists, musicians and vendors, selling crafts, fresh produce, flowers, snacks and sweets. The fair takes over four blocks, and there are some great bars and restaurants lining the streets that you can stop at for dinner or a drink. Many of the bars and restaurants also have outdoor seating, so you can spend a relaxing evening doing some people-watching.
With such a wide variety of attractions, Palm Desert is a great destination to visit, whether you have only a day or two to spare, or a couple of weeks for a longer vacation. Many of the attractions offer package deals and special offers when it comes to admission rates, so check their websites before in order to plan your visit accordingly.