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Palm Springs for Spring Break | The Ultimate Activity Guide

With a wide variety of activities for all ages, budgets, and schedules, Palm Springs is the ultimate Spring Break destination!

Once you've booked your vacation rental in Palm Springs for spring break, then comes the fun part: planning activities!

Whether you are taking a family trip, traveling with friends, or having a romantic getaway with your significant other, Palm Springs has a wealth of activities to fill your time with fun as well as relaxation. Start building your itinerary from this list of the best outdoor, indoor, and free activities for an awesome spring break in Palm Springs!

Outdoor Activities in Palm Springs

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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

A world-wide-known facility boasting over 600 animal species and a stunning array of cacti, succulents, and other desert flora in their desert botanical gardens, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is the perfect Palm Springs spring break activity for all ages. They offer animal encounters, a butterfly exhibit, and a discovery center for little ones to have hands-on learning.

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Get a Bird's-eye view

Float above the Coachella Valley in one of the quintessential Hot Air Balloons for a unique view of the Palm Springs desert unlike any other. Balloons Above offers group rates on morning and afternoon trips as well as seasonal evening flights to experience the sunset from a brand new vantage point.

For the adventurous, Palm Springs Bi-Planes offers one- or two-person packages for flights in the open-air cockpit of a 1940 Stearman - the perfect activity for a romantic Palm Springs spring break getaway!

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Ascend two and a half miles to Mount Jan Jacinto State park in the Santa Rosa mountains on the world's largest rotating tramcar. You can take a dining trip or stop off at one of the two restaurants at the top before heading out into the over 50 miles of alpine hiking trails.

Farmers' market stand in Palm Springs with cherries, blackberries, and vegetables for sale.

Farmers Markets

Thanks to the thriving agriculture in the areas surrounding Palm Springs, you can find a farmers market almost every day of the week with vendors boasting local fruits and vegetables and homemade wares.

In addition, every Thursday evening you can visit Palm Springs VillageFest, a night market with local vendors, street performers, and food trucks.

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Shots in the Night - Play Golf under the Stars

Due to popular demand, Indian Wells Golf Resort has brought back their "Shots in the Night" golf experience. Featuring glow-in-the-dark golf and laser light shows on the putting green, they offer a lot of golf fun for people of all ages and experience levels.

Food truck dining and bar services make Shots in the Night the perfect group activity in Palm Springs for spring break! Bookings are available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6pm - 10pm.

Indoor Activities in Palm Springs

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Resorts and Spas

When you think of Palm Springs, "Cabana Culture" certainly comes to mind. Sunbathing, relaxation, and pampering are a big part of why so many families, couples, and students alike come to Palm Springs for spring break.

If you're looking for some luxury, there is no shortage of resorts and spas in Palm Springs and the surrounding areas, and most offer day passes to pools, spas, and other amenities.

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Palm Springs Games & Arcades

If you're looking to spend some time with quality games of all kinds, Palm Springs has a lot to offer. Go bowling at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort's state of the art bowling alley, compete with your friends or family on retro arcade games for awesome prizes at the JW Entertainment Zone, or venture into the world of VR at Dave and Buster's Rancho Mirage!

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Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

Whether you are a collector, looking for a unique souvenir for your Palm Springs spring break trip, or just want an interesting place to spend an afternoon, the Antique Galleries of Palm Springs is the place to go. They offer artsy, unique antiques in good condition, mostly in the midcentury modern style.

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Escape Room Palm Springs

A classic spring break activity for families and friend groups alike, the Escape Room Palm Springs offers six high-production escape room games to choose from with different themes and crazy game twists you won't see coming.

Free things to do in Palm Springs

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Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum offers rotating art exhibits, lectures, performances, and activities for the whole family. Admission is free with advance reservation every Thursday night as well as to their Family+ activities on the third Sunday of every month.

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Hiking Trails

Miles and miles of hiking trails are available for free use year-round. Temperatures can get high, so be sure to go in the morning and bring plenty of water to enjoy the beauty of the desert landscape.

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Cascade Lounge at Agua Caliente Palm Springs

If you're looking for nightlife, look no further than the Cascade Lounge at Agua Caliente Palm Springs. The lounge offers free entertainment every night of the week, including dance parties on the weekends from 10pm - 1:30am.

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Rock Yard Concerts

Adults 18 and up, come enjoy free concerts by tribute bands of your favorite retro bands at the Rock Yard Concerts at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino! Beer and new themed drink specials are offered each week.

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Downtown Palm Springs

The perfect way to spend day in Palm springs is to take a stroll down Palm Canyon Drive. Enjoy museums, art galleries, and midcentury architecture amidst eateries and retro shops.


Still looking for that perfect home base for your Palm Springs spring break trip? We've got you covered. Check out our available rentals and book today!


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