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22 Things To Do in Palm Springs (Unique & Cheap)

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Are you are going on a vacation to Palm Springs but wondering what to do once you get there?

In this article, I’ll share with you 23 unique and cheap things to do in Palm Springs Area, to help spice up your vacation.

Here is a summary of things to do in Palm Springs:

  • Visit the top tourist attractions in Greater Palm Springs area
  • Great outdoor activities
  • Go on shows, concerts, and sports
  • Great sightseeing tours
  • Vintage shopping
  • Experience the Palm Spring’s Spa Treatment
  • House tours

Related: what is so special about Palm Springs vacation.

(a). Visit the top tourist attractions in Palm Springs area

Palm Springs offers great and breathtaking tourist attractions. Some of the tops attractions to visit include:

1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Mfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons

This Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating Tramcar. It carries a maximum of 80 passengers.

It will take you from the desert floor to the top of the mountains a distance of about 2 and a half miles.

You get to enjoy great breathtaking scenic views, restaurants, nature exhibits, and so much more in approximately 10 minutes.

What if you are afraid of heights?

If you are afraid of heights, I would recommend you stay in the middle of the tramcar.

After stopping at the mountain, here are some fun and interesting things that you will get to enjoy:

  • A history museum.
  • An observation deck.
  • Documentary theatres.
  • Over 50 miles of hiking trails.
  • Camp grounds e.t.c

Google Maps link to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

2. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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If you love and enjoy wildlife viewing, Living Desert Zoo needs to be on your Palms Springs bucket list.

It is the home to over 500 animals with over 100 species.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is amongst the top tourist attractions in Palm Springs. 

Here is what you can do at The Living Desert Zoo:

  • Enjoy the wildlife, nature, and hiking trails.
  • Feed the Giraffe.
  • Learn more about the endangered species.

There is just so much to learn at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

3. Indian Canyons

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A water feature at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort

Indian Canyons has great historic sites, ancient ruins, and canyons.

This is because they are the ancestral homes of The Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians.

This is the home of Andreas Canyon, Murray Canyon, and Palm Canyon.

Once you get the chance to visit this place, be sure to check out the amazing seven sisters waterfall and the Victor Beautiful Scenery.

Be sure to also visit The Trading Post for;

  • Refreshments.
  • Hiking maps.
  • Indian arts and artifacts.
  • Jewelry, weavings .

If you prefer to visit on a guided tour, you can opt for a hiking jeep tour or a biking adventure.

Google Maps link to the Indian Canyons.

4. Eisenhower Walk of Honor

This is another great and unique thing to do in Palm Springs.

While at Eisenhower Walk of Honor, you can read the moving tribute to the American service veterans.

You will find it near City Hall.

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Google Maps link to Eisenhower Walk of Honor.

5. Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

Things To Do in Greater Palm Springs Area-Cabots Pueblo Museum
Jllm06, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

During my visit to Palm Springs, I enjoyed my visit to the Cobot’s Pueblo Museum because it was very unique in many ways.

I loved how the doors, windows, and old telephones were creatively designed. 

The museum will take you back over 100 years in time.

You will hear of the story of Cabot Yerxa and his family from Dakota Territory to Cuba, Mexico, Alaska, throughout California, and the founding of the Desert Hot Springs in California.

Google Maps link to Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

See also: 15 Things To Do In Downtown Los Angeles.

6. Palm Springs Air Museum

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At the Palm Springs Air Museum, you will get an up-close look at the bombers of Korea, Vietnam, and WWII and the legendary fighters during this time.

If you have an interest in Aviation, Palm Springs Air Museum will is a great place to visit because the museum will educate you about American aviation.

Additionally, you will get to see Exhibits and aircraft from World War 2 and Vietnam, and the North Korea war.

This is definitely the home to the World’s largest flyable aircraft from these wars.

What I love most about these exhibits is that you are allowed to go inside these aircraft and even sit in the cockpit.

While I was there, I got to climb and sit in the cockpit of a B-17. That was an amazing feeling.

You will also get to interact with veterans, who share their experiences and access to library resources that will educate you more about American Aviation history.

Google Maps link to Palm Springs Air Museum

7. Tahquitz Canyon

This canyon is very close to Palms Springs downtown.

It is the home to a very beautiful seasonal waterfall that is about 60ft.

At the Tahquitz Canyon you will find:

  • Rock art.
  • Native wildlife.
  • Ancient irrigation system.

Other outdoor activities

  • Nature walks
  • Hiking/rock climbing
  • Palm Springs is a golfers’ paradise

If you’ve not been here before, I’d highly recommend taking a guided tour. It’s the best way to get a sense of the history and local culture.

8. Walk Downtown Palm Springs

This is a great place to walk around as you explore different gift shops, casinos, museums, and walk tours.

Get to enjoy the Mid Century Modern Architecture. 

Palm Springs is famous for its architecture. It has the largest collection of mid-century modern architecture in the USA.

In fact, Palm Spring has events that feature mid-century designs, art, architecture, modern garden tours, fashion, and culture. 

It also has an annual mid-century modern architecture 1-week event, usually in February every year and another one in October.

9. Coachella Valley Preserve

The Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve was the favorite place I visited in Coachella Valley Preserve.

The preserve protects endangered species.

This preserve also has the following:

  • Great walking trails.
  • San Andreas Fault.
  • It is home to many beautiful and major birds, plants, and animals.
  • It has lots of cultural and geological history.

10. Moorten Botanical Garden

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Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs, United States

At  Moorten Botanical garden you will get to see beautiful and extraordinary varieties of desert plants.

It is an interesting living museum with a desert allure. 

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11. Palm Springs Area Hiking Trails

Palm Springs offers many hiking trails on all types of terrains for hiking enthusiasts. 

Some of the most popular hiking trails include;

  • The Andreas hiking trail.
  • Joshua Tree National Park

12. Palm Springs Wind Farm

After visiting Palm Springs Wind Farm, I bet you will leave with great knowledge of renewable energy sources (wind energy). 

You will also get to see more windmills than you’ve ever seen in your life. And they look great.

13. Visit the Salton Sea

The Salton Sea is a shallow landmark of body water with a concentration of salts.

(b). Go on shows, concerts, and sports

There is always something incredible happening in Palm Springs.

Palm Springs offers plenty of shows, concerts, and festivals, weekly live music concerts, low-key concerts, trivia nights, and under-the-radar dinner parties, to name a few.

Some of the fun and cheap things that I enjoyed in Palm Springs were:

14. Marvyn’s Magic Theater

This was indeed a World-Class Theatre with a great variety of acts and comedy. To me, this was quite a lovely experience. I enjoyed every moment in the theatre.

Most of the performances went for about 75 minutes which was plenty of time for good entertainment.

15. Coachella

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Coachella

If you love music and good fancy art, you’ll love the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

What’s fun about this festival is everything from the music, lots of food to try out, drinking, dancing, camping, and just the whole vibe of California summer.

16. The Golf Courses PGA & LPGA Tournaments

Palm Springs is among the top places in the world that has a high concentration of Golf Courses in World.

You can test your skills on these Palm Springs Golf Courses with celebrities. 

What I love most about these golf courses is the fact that they have very beautiful views, including the mountain views.

17. Indian Wells Tennis Gardens

This is a tennis facility located in Indian Wells. 

You can visit the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens to see major International Tennis Tournaments or to play.

It has over 25 Tennis courses on approximately 88 acres of land.

They also offer clinics for those interested in Tennis.

18. Polo Grounds

Polo grounds have both local and international tournaments throughout the year.

(c). Go Shopping

19. Visit El Paseo

El Paseo has over 300 premium World-class shops and luxurious places to dine.

It has amongst the top best world’s designer boutiques.

Some of the shops you will find here are:

  • Jewelry shops.
  • Clothing boutiques.
  • Shoe shops.
  • Art Galleries. e.t.c

20. Vintage Shopping

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Personally, I love vintage because of its uniqueness and how it allows me to perfectly express my style and individuality.

If you love vintage, then Palm Springs has so many different options.

You will get:

  • Vintage clothing and accessories
  • Beautiful vintage jewelry
  • Vintage furniture, décor, artwork, and housewares

The table below shows the best places to find the type of vintage you want and location.

TYPESTORELOCATION
Clothing & AccessoriesGypsyland Palm Springs66169 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs2775 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Palm Springs
Clothing & FurnitureIconic Atomic1103 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
ClothingThe Frippery664 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
ClothingThe Fine Art of Design73717 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Furniture, jewelry & other collectiblesSunny Dunes Antique Mall507 E. Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs
vintage clothing & collectiblesAntique Galleries of Palm Springs505 E. Industrial Place, Palm Springs

(d). Experience the Palm Spring’s Spa Treatment

21. The Spas in Desert Hot Springs

Palm Springs has among the best resorts that offer the most sensational spas in the world.

It is also known as California’s Spa City because it is home to more spa resorts than any other place.

It also has exclusive celebrity hidden hangouts, boutique spas, and a natural experience.

(e). House tours

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You can get the opportunity to learn more about Palm Spring architecture on guided or self-guided tours.

If you’d like to know more, I’d highly recommend that you take legends and icons guided tour.

You’ll get a peek inside the luxurious private houses of the Hollywood elites, including Ambassadors Leonore Annenberg and Walter’s former winter home, through public tours.

22. Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

This was the home to one of the most iconic rock stars of all time, Elvis and Priscilla. 

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway is the place where Elvis and Priscilla lived and honeymooned after their wedding in 1967.

But, what is there to love about this house?

The house is very iconic due to its design with an architecture of different shapes and structures.

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