Southern California’s Palm Springs is often associated with casinos, nightlife, entertainment and adult-orientated fun. It’s not surprising that many people don’t think about Palm Springs for a family vacation.

Many opting instead for places like San Diego, San Francisco and Disneyland in the Golden State. There are, however, plenty of things to do in Palm Springs for families. With something for everyone, here’s why you shouldn’t write off Palm Springs for a family vacation:

1. Excellent Accommodation Options for Families

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The abundance of accommodation in Palm Springs makes it easy to find somewhere that will keep the whole tribe happy … not to mention making mom and dad’s lives that little bit easier when on vacation.

With places that are comfortable and roomy enough for the whole clan and that suit a variety of budget requirements, there’s no need to restrict you and your family to “okay” accommodation. Properties with pools are particularly popular with kids, while kitchens can make catering for fussy eaters a lot easier. A range of luxury touches is available, making for a peaceful and pleasant stay for all.

2. Plenty of Dining Choices

Even if you stay somewhere with self-catering facilities, eating out occasionally is often a big part of any vacation. Palm Springs has many restaurants and cafes to cater to diverse tastes.

Whether you’re looking for classic all-American fare or the authentic flavours of Mexico, craving Vietnamese noodles or are a huge fan of the farm-to-table concept or whether you want a fancy date night without the kids, Palm Springs’ eateries won’t let you down.

3. Numerous Outdoor Activities to Burn off Excess Energy

If you’re an active family you’ll find lots of great things to do in and around Palm Springs. Indeed, the desert terrain is a part of what makes some families choose Palm Springs for a family vacation. Build bonds as you hike through scenic landscapes, such as the Indian Canyons and Coachella Valley Preserve, and let younger members of the family develop a greater appreciation for nature.

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The unusual flora and fauna of the desert is sure to capture young imaginations. The San Andreas Fault is also within easy reach. Tired of walking? Horse riding is another great way to explore the area.

4. Watery Ways to Cool Down in the Heat

If your children complain about the lack of a beach, Palm Springs has great places where you can all cool off and have heaps of watery fun. Formerly called Soak City, Wet ‘n’ Wild is a favourite with families. There are activities and attractions to suit all ages, with a lazy river, wave pool, varied chutes and slides, a FlowRider surfing zone, sunbathing areas, cabanas and a multi-level playhouse. Palm Desert Aquatic Center also offers slides, pools and a kids’ play area.

5. Educational Activities for Curious Minds

Visit Palm Springs for a family vacation and you’ll find a good assortment of educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Observe animals from the deserts of North America and Africa and follow various desert trails at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

Curious children are almost certain to enjoy getting hands-on at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. Take art-loving children to Palm Springs Art Museum and learn more about air transportation and the important role of planes during World War II at Palm Springs Air Museum.

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6. Lots of Instagrammable Moments

You’re sure to want to take many snaps of your family vacation; who doesn’t want to preserve cherished memories to look back over in years to come? While any family vacation provides plenty of Kodak moments and Instagrammable shots, there are a few attractions in Palm Springs that will really add something different to your holiday album.

Get your kids to strike a pose in front of the large Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown, for example, or take a drive out to the looming roadside Cabazon Dinosaurs. Palm Springs RV rental will have the perfect vehicle for you to explore

The Mount San Jacinto Cable Car is popular with families that are vacationing in Palm Springs. How about a spot of ice skating in the desert? Desert Ice Castle is a top place for cooling down as you glide around (or tumble!) on the ice. Older kids might enjoy a round of golf. There are plenty of reasons to consider Palm Springs for a family vacation!

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