we’ve been quite busy this summer. Can you guess where we’ve been to recently?
Palm Springs, California, also known as the “desert jewel” of Southern California is the ultimate weekend getaway for family fun activities, relaxation and just enjoying the sights! I’m sure you’ve seen gorgeous photos of people touring Palm Springs or laying by luxurious pools in the sun, but it’s much more than that. This city is well known for its beautiful street art, music, amazing food, and shopping! Located south of LA and North of San Diego, it’s most famous for Coachella (any music lovers out there?) This desert city is the perfect weekend vacation for those on a budget or looking for inexpensive things to do. With that said, this is what our weekend looked like away at Palm Springs!
On a Friday night, we drove five hours from Central California to our Airbnb location right in the middle of the city.
We loved the location, and how great are Airbnb’s? Seriously, such a wonderful and affordable way to stay these days.
Day One: Family Activities Around Palm Springs, California
Since we are early risers, we were up by 7:00 am. Making our way to Elmer’s for breakfast, which was recommended by one of the local people who stopped to have a conversation with my sociable child. That’s literally how we figured out our morning plans. Walking around town that morning and a sweet lady stopped to chat with Yannis who later recommended this restaurant to us.
At Elmer’s, I had their house-made pancakes with a side of hash browns and some fruits. Zeke ate their famous German Pancakes.
After breakfast, I went to my spa appointment while the boys explored downtown and the Famous Starbucks Reserve. I had a spa day because self-care is the only way to truly survive and thrive in motherhood. Plus, Palm Springs is also a great place for spa days so why not?
Once my spa appointment was over, we drove to Palm Desert Mall so Zeke can shop. It was one of the most recommended malls by his co-workers, so we made a stop while Yannis was napping.
On our drive back we had to enjoy the Children’s Museum of the Desert for Yannis to play. We spent about three hours there, but when you’re at any Children’s Museum it doesn’t feel like it. If you’ve noticed we’ve been to several on our travels, and we love the learning opportunities at each one. The Children’s Museum is a special place where children and families can experience the joy of learning about themselves and the world around them. The Museum inspires personal growth through exhibits and programs that inspire the curiosity and creativity of visitors through hands-on exploration.
By this time, we were all hungry and ready for dinner, so we drove back to Palm Springs for Vietnamese food at Viet Fusion, one of the top-rated Vietnamese restaurants here. For dinner, I ate the papaya salad and a spicy coconut Ramen Noodles. Zeke had their famous Pad Thai, which they enjoyed as well.
Day Two: Joshua Tree National Park
We spent our morning hiking at Joshua Tree. There are lots of family-friendly activities you can do while visiting the park. From hiking to horseback riding and even camping. It’s a beautiful space to enjoy nature and explore.
After our hike, we went to visit The Moorten Botanical Garden to see the desert tortoises on their property since Yannis has been interested in turtles.
The Moorten Botanical Garden is a 1-acre family-owned botanical garden specializing in cacti and other desert plants. It’s quite the sight to see as you’re able to work your way through the cactarium (yep that’s a word!).
After the Garden, we stopped at the Palm Springs Library for storytime. It was the perfect ending for Yannis who loves books and great storytime.
Day Three: Palm Springs California Aerial Tram
To end our trip to the desert city, we drove to the Palm Springs Aerial Tram! We had to save the best for last. This place will take your breath away, literally. Located in Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs it’s a hidden gem. This 10-minute tramway ride is breathtaking and I’m so glad we took Yannis to experience it. If you’re ever able to travel this way, you have to take a ride for yourself.
Tips: Pack a lunch bag and drinks For a day of Picnic in the Jacinto State Park. At the time of our visit, a small bottle of Gatorade was $4 each.
Palm Springs Restaurant: Favorite To Least Favorite.
Felipe Mexican restaurant
- Kareem: Vegan ice cream place downtown Palm Springs with unique flavors like Tumeric, Lavender and more.
- Lapperts Ice Cream: famous for their pineapple Dole Whip and Hawaii shaved ice. We had the Dole Whip float….
- Elmer’s: famous for their breakfast, family-friendly environment to enjoy a quick bite or relax and eat breakfast with family. I enjoyed my meal here. Servers were very attentive and service was great.
533 Viet Fusion: my Least favorite restaurant. The menu was very different, I was not familiar with their vegan items. I order Ramen noodles but it came in a creamy coconut broth instead of the normal light broth.
This weekend was relaxing and memorable. We enjoyed the time away so much! Have you recently taken any fun trips? Share with me, I’m always looking for new ideas.