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Things to do in Palm Springs

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cable Car
“Climb to 8,500 ft in just 10 minutes on the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. At the top, dine at the restaurant or explore the mountains on numerous trails.”
  • 267 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The museum's permanent collection consists of more than 24,000 objects. 12,000 objects include fine art, fine art photography, photographic archives, Native American art, Mesoamerican art and artifacts from other cultures. The natural science collections are categorized in geology, biology and archaeology. 12,000 specimens include ceramics, lithics, tools, weapons, minerals, fossils, rocks, casts of fossils, herbaria, mounted invertebrates, preserved amphibians and reptiles, study skins and whole mounts of birds and mammals.”
  • 165 locals recommend
Museum
“The Palm Springs Air Museum has a large collection of military aircraft, many of which still fly. Planes from World War II along with the Korean and Vietnam Wars are represented. It's a fascinating place to visit as most of the docents who provide tours are veterans themselves, with personal connections to the types of aircraft they talk about.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Bar
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“Thursday nights on Palm Canyon Road is a blast. Start at LuLu's and walk the closed off streets while visiting other bars, restaurants, and vendors.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Trail
“The Indian Canyons, located at the south end of Palm Springs, is a popular protected nature sanctuary comprised of three unique canyon environments. The area is part of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation and is a great place for hiking and exploring some beautiful desert scenery.”
  • 112 locals recommend
Cable Car
“If you want to take a break from the desert heat, take the Tram to the pristine wilderness of the Mt San Jacinto state park (8500 ft about sea level). The temperature up in the park is usually 30 degrees cooler than Palm Springs. Enjoy view points, hikes over 50 miles of trails, and visit the natural history museum. Two restaurants offer excellent dining, over night camping is available with advance reservation.”
  • 84 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Dinner: Fun and swanky decorated restaurant. My favorite restaurant if you want a scene. It's loud and it's fun to people watch. It's a themed dinner club go get ready go back to the 60's and have a martini, shaken not stirred, of course. You can't go wrong with their fried chicken. Menu is eclectic. RSVP is recommended. Oh and also they have a Great Happy Hour! Also great for groups.”
  • 106 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great breakfast spot owned by locals. Put in your name and then walk around until they text you that your table is ready. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Grab a bite, and brunch on the patio or in the restaurant. Tons of food options and reasonably priced drinks. Great bar menu.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Mexican food somewhere between bad and mediocre, but it's always a lively scene in the heart of downtown PS. And the oldtimer band playing cover songs all night sounds perfect once you're drunk enough to dance with your toddlers to your favorite yacht rock tunes. If you're vegan, make sure to ask for chips fried separately in vegetable oil, they will gladly accommodate you. Avoid LULU next door at all cost, unless you like tacky decor, BLAND food, salt shakers that don't work, slow service and getting blasted by instrumental Euro pop while asking the waiter why they added extra cheese to your vegan pasta.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Hotel
“Fun hipster vibe with a large L.A. weekender crowd. Great music, food and cocktails with DJs and special events on weekend. Sundays check out the flea market!”
  • 85 locals recommend
Café
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“Great spot for coffee and pastries. If you walk out the back there's a great grassy patio area to hang out with your dog”
  • 65 locals recommend
Bar
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“The food is ridiculous. Bomb Oaxaca Rattler (mezcal, ginger beer, lime drink), amazing bread, a charcuterie plate to live for, stellar ambiance.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Route
“when its too hot for you take the tram up to the top of the San Jacinto mountains where the air is cool and views majestic”
  • 61 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Old school Jewish Deli, great for breakfast or brunch before exploring Palm Springs”
  • 72 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Palm Springs Surf Club is a defunct water park located in Palm Springs, California. The park operated under Cedar Fair's ownership as Knott's Soak City until 2013 when CNL Lifestyle Properties acquired it. The park plans to reopen in 2020 after a complete renovation of the property”
  • 39 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Thursday nights on Palm Canyon Road is a blast. Start at LuLu's and walk the closed off streets while visiting other bars, restaurants, and vendors.”
  • 144 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Dinner: Fun and swanky decorated restaurant. My favorite restaurant if you want a scene. It's loud and it's fun to people watch. It's a themed dinner club go get ready go back to the 60's and have a martini, shaken not stirred, of course. You can't go wrong with their fried chicken. Menu is eclectic. RSVP is recommended. Oh and also they have a Great Happy Hour! Also great for groups.”
  • 106 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great breakfast spot owned by locals. Put in your name and then walk around until they text you that your table is ready. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Grab a bite, and brunch on the patio or in the restaurant. Tons of food options and reasonably priced drinks. Great bar menu.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Mexican food somewhere between bad and mediocre, but it's always a lively scene in the heart of downtown PS. And the oldtimer band playing cover songs all night sounds perfect once you're drunk enough to dance with your toddlers to your favorite yacht rock tunes. If you're vegan, make sure to ask for chips fried separately in vegetable oil, they will gladly accommodate you. Avoid LULU next door at all cost, unless you like tacky decor, BLAND food, salt shakers that don't work, slow service and getting blasted by instrumental Euro pop while asking the waiter why they added extra cheese to your vegan pasta.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Hotel
“Fun hipster vibe with a large L.A. weekender crowd. Great music, food and cocktails with DJs and special events on weekend. Sundays check out the flea market!”
  • 85 locals recommend
Bar
“The food is ridiculous. Bomb Oaxaca Rattler (mezcal, ginger beer, lime drink), amazing bread, a charcuterie plate to live for, stellar ambiance.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Bakery
“Old school Jewish Deli, great for breakfast or brunch before exploring Palm Springs”
  • 72 locals recommend

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