Palm Springs has so much to offer, especially during the Spring! Whether you’re after a commune with nature, a history or art lesson in a museum, or just some good food, you can find it in our desert.
Palm Springs Air Museum Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop
The Palm Springs Air Museum holds an annual Memorial Day Flower Drop and Air Fair. Thousands of red and blue carnations are dropped from an airplane in memory of fallen comrades. The entire family can spend the day going through the museum, viewing old wartime aircraft, participating in family-friendly activities and visiting the food vendors. The Flower Drop is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. The museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs and is open from 10 to 5. Entry fees range from $8 to $15 (children under 5 are admitted free). Check out this website for more information.
If you are in the mood for hiking, there are many possibilities. Mount San Jacinto, over 10,000 feet above sea level, offers 54 miles of hiking trails. These can be accessed from the Palm Springs Tramway Mountain Station or ride the tram up and hike around in the cooler air above the desert! If you are looking for a less challenging hike, visit the Andreas Canyon Trail. The trail head can be found in the Indian Canyons on South Palm Canyon Drive. Ledges of rock along a quiet stream are a beautiful feature on this leisurely stroll. Call to inquire about the admission charge (760-323-6018). The Art Museum Trail, found at the back of the Palm Springs Art Museum parking lot, is a two mile hike with a 900 foot elevation gain, giving a wonderful view of the entire valley!
Palm Springs Art Museum
If the temperature rises, the Palm Springs Art Museum is always cool (in more ways than one!) One of the current exhibitions is “California Dreamin: Thirty Years of Collecting.” This features art works purchased with Contemporary Art Council funds since 1984. Featured artists were influenced by or have lived in California.
Tacos and Margaritas- Tommy Bahama’s
A day of adventure isn’t complete without a great meal. How about a visit to Tommy Bahama’s for their “Tacos and Margaritas” menu? This creative menu should delight the taste buds of the entire family. Their selection includes Kahlua Pork, Vegetarian, Filet Mignon, Tuna, Shrimp and Fish Tacos. Their original margarita flavors include the Mango Habanero Margarita. This occasion is not just for Memorial Day (May 15th-June12th), but seems like a great way to top off a busy Memorial Day!
General Patton Memorial Museum
The Desert Training Center was established by General Patton in 1942 in the middle of the Mojave Desert as the ideal location for desert warfare training. The museum can be found 30 miles east of Indio and is open 9:30-4:30 daily. The museum houses artifacts from all services. World War I and World War II veterans financed the building during early building by purchasing bricks, engraved with names. Other memorial walls honor assorted service members and first responders.
Joshua Tree National Park Hummer Tour
If you are interested in experiencing the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park without hiking, you can catch a tour with Adventure Hummer Tours. Their four hour tours are a great way to learn about the San Andreas Fault and the National Park. These tours are appropriate for all ages and are a great family activity.