Palm Desert Attractions: 5 Ways to Play in the Sand

Home to dozens of public, private and semi-private golf courses, Palm Desert ranks as a top golf destination. However, not all of the action is found on the greens. Surrounded by stunning desert and mountain vistas, Palm Desert also offers a variety of activities from boutique shopping to exciting jeep adventures. Read about the most popular Palm Desert attractions aside from the courses.

Top 5 Palm Desert Attractions Other Than Golf Courses

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

The Living Desert zoo and botanical garden ranks among the top Palm Desert attractions for its natural habitats and exotic animals. While touring, see desert environments, live animal shows, animal meet-and-greets, giraffe feedings, camel rides and more. In addition to animal exhibits, the attraction houses over 1,400 plant species, as well as educational gardens featuring bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

McCallum Theatre

From Broadway to Vegas to symphony hall, visitors find different shows at McCallum Theatre. The theater aims to educate and entertain audiences by hosting shows as diverse as the area. Performerances include ballet, comedians, big names in music, speakers and special events. McCallum Theater has delighted guests for over 30 years, with shows available for all ages. View the theater schedule.

Palm Desert Aquatic Center

Take a scuba class, exercise in the lap pools or let kids to play on the water slides at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center. Open year-round, the center offers three pools, slides, diving boards and play features for all ages. Passes are available from one visit to annual, with punch cards good for six months.

El Paseo Shopping District

Everyone needs a little retail therapy. Whether buying a dress, shirt, accessory or furniture, something new can boost the spirits. If shopping sounds like a good way to spend the day, then check out El Paseo Shopping District. This area offers 300 stores, restaurants and services, so shoppers can look and feel their best. Find name brands, designers, consignment stores and local boutiques. After browsing, enjoy dinner at one of the top restaurants in Palm Desert.

Palm Springs Tours

Part of the Palm Desert’s appeal is its rugged landscape. Swaying palms set against towering mountains welcome vacationers to explore and admire the area’s natural beauty. And there’s only one way to experience it: Book a sightseeing tour. Several companies host outdoor excursions, such as Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours and Big Wheel Tours. If that seems too extreme, try Desert Tasty Tours for food or ride in a hot air balloon.

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