When you think of the Coachella Valley, the first things that may come to mind are usually adult activities like music festivals and the fashionable resort city of Palm Springs. The truth is there’s so much more to this desert destination. It’s also a great place for family activities!

In Coachella Valley the whole family can enjoy the scenic beauty of the desert and extraordinary mountain views. Depending of the time of the year, you might even catch snow on the mountains while you appreciate the heat of the desert. Located just 107 miles from Los Angeles, Coachella Valley, with its year-round sunshine and fun activities, is an ideal place to raise a family.

We’ve got tips for Valley-style family fun:

As written in our previous blog exploring nature at Coachella Valley is a must. The Living Desert Zoo and The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway are great places to go for a day trip as one of your family activities and to enjoy the outdoors. Below are other great locations all Coachella Valley locals should visit.


The whole family can beat the desert heat at Splashtopia. This waterpark oasis is surrounded by a 425-foot lazy river and features two 100-foot waterslides that provide hours of splashy fun for adults and kids. There’s even more to enjoy: a cliff-side Jacuzzi, sandy beach, and unique water-play zones with fountains and sprinklers for delighted children. Splashtopia also includes various dining areas.


Each Thursday evening downtown Palm Springs turns into a great spot for local get-togethers. Enjoy live entertainment plus food and craft vendors along the world-famous Palm Canyon Drive.

VillageFest hours depend on the season:

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., October through May

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., June through September

Desert Rocks Indoor Climbing Gym

Climb indoor using a harness, featuring 7,000 square feet of climbing surface, and 30 foot high lead and top-rope walls.

The Escape Room

A thrilling puzzle adventure that challenges the mind. Your group has 45 minutes to solve a series of puzzles where clues are rewarded as you successfully decipher each puzzle. As the game progresses you will learn the enthralling story behind each room and ultimately unlock the puzzle which leads to your escape.


Coachella Valley is known for world-class hiking and exploring nature. Gorgeous scenery surrounds a variety of hiking locations for the family and pets (in permitted locations only). Another tip: The famed Joshua Tree National Park, located 37 miles from Palm Springs, offers a peaceful getaway where two deserts meet. Make a day trip, or opt for overnight camping.

The Coachella Valley offers interesting, educational, and healthy family activities. Put the valley on your must-see list and consider a move toward family fun and sun!

Originally posted on 27/7/2016

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