As the days of summer tick by, you may find yourself hoping to squeeze in one more family vacation before the kids go back to school. Well, here’s some excellent news: iE residents are a hop, skip and jump away from many family-friendly destination spots. Since school is almost in session, it’s nice to stay local for your last summer hoorah.
Embrace the summer heat with a trip to Palm Springs, enjoying the modern architectural design elements and cultural scene. The first people to settle in Palm Springs were the Cahuilla Native Americans about 2,000 years ago. The city’s name comes from early Spanish explorers who referred to the area as La Palma de Mano de Dios, or The Palm of God’s Hand. In 1853, the name Palm Springs was coined and mapped.
Palm Springs became popular with movie stars in the 1930s, and in a post-war era, remained popular with the rich and famous of Hollywood. Nowadays, you don’t need to be a celebrity to enjoy the amenities the city has to offer.
Family vacations are hectic. Packing for little people and making sure your Airbnb has all the accommodations necessary for your family are an essential part of the planning so that you and your family can have a relaxing trip.
We recently stayed in a mid-century-style home with a private pool, washer and dryer – critical in case items are forgotten – and a beautiful outdoor area. The days were hot and long, especially when the kiddos only slept in until 6:15 a.m. So my husband and I cooled off with Irish margaritas , and strawberry lemonade for the kids. To keep the costs down, we ate breakfast and lunch at the rental home. By early evening we were ready to explore the town and the other great sights of Palm Springs.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The kids will love visiting the world’s largest rotating tram car. The 2 1/2-mile stretch of spectacular views will give your child an appreciation for engineering and nature. Once you hit the peak elevation of 8,516 feet you have a chance to enjoy a meal on the observation deck, go hiking or visit the natural history museum.
Wet‘n’ Wild Palm Springs
If you’re looking for some thrills in Palm Springs, visit the water park offering 21 acres of fun. Wet ‘n’ Wildhas family rides, raft slides, slide rides and Kahuan’s Beach House – a four-story interactive family funhouse. The water park is reasonably priced and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Perfect for an afternoon visit.
The Living Desert Zoo
This year the Living Desert Zoo welcomed 459,784 guests, making 2017/2018 a record-breaking year. The zoo is a nonprofit organization started in 1970 with amissionofpreserving the local ecosystem’s habitat. Without a doubt, the most exciting animals at the zoo are the cheetahs, caracals and giraffes.
On your way home, don’t forget to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs.Get fabulous photos for the Chatbook by taking the kids back in time to visit some prehistoric creatures. Kids can climb into the Tyrannosaurus’s mouth and ride a mechanical Brontosaurus as well. Travel to the gift shop for themed doodads and merch.
If you can embrace the heat and enjoy the relaxing days and busy nights, then there’s plenty to do in Palm Springs with the family. Take the time to marvel over your iE backyard and enjoy Palm Springs in the warmth of summer.