Your Fun in the Sun Summer Guide to Palm Springs
Quick getaways are the ticket to keeping the balance, and where better can you find those warm sunny days and sparkling cool pools than Palm Springs? Check out these top fun picks for your fab summer getaway. Let’s go!
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Hop around to some of the best pool parties. The welcoming Ace Hotel has two pools and is open to everyone 12-6 pm Monday-Thursday. The uber-hip Arrive Hotel is open to everyone during the week as well. Be sure to try Wexler’s Deli located poolside. The Riviera Palm Springs is a historic property with an old Hollywood footprint with visitors like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Enjoy a cool retro vibe during their weekend Summer Splash pool parties.
In just 12 minutes, the rotating tramcars of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway whisks visitors up an alpine wonderland to the gateway of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Hint: its 30 degrees cooler, so take a backpack, lunch and hike away! Have dinner at Peak’s Restaurant before heading back to your cool pool.
The Palm Springs Air Museum allows you to get close to a vintage collection of WWII aircraft, while the kids can fly a plane using a simulator. The Palm Springs Art Museum’s summer exhibit showcases perspectives of the California desert, while the Architecture and Design Museum highlights those who have turned Palm Springs into an architectural paradise. Local tip: Both museums are free on Thursday evenings during Villagefest, when the main street becomes a street fair.
Dine like the Rat Pack
An ultra-cool collection of celeb hangouts abounds in Palm Springs, so when you truly want to live like Frank, try Melvyn’s, the Purple Room, or Mr. Lyons. Fun fact: Johnny Costa’s chef / owner was Frank’s personal chef.
Famous for our mid-century architecture and design, reserve a seat on the ModSquad tour or the MidMod Design Tour. The Uptown Design district is great for unique design stores and vintage shopping. Iconic Atomic offers retro clothing & furniture from the 1950s, '60s & '70s. Gypsyland has fun, colorful and eclectic shop known for its mid-century furniture, accessories and clothing. Or head to the Sunny Dunes Vintage District in South Palm Springs where they offer over 6,000 square feet of retail happiness.
Find your perfect place to stay, play, dine and shop at VisitPalmSprings.com.