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  • Writer's pictureKathy Condon

Visit Palm Springs in the Summer and Use these Insider Tips

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

Relax in Palm Springs

You have always wanted to visit Palm Springs; however, your only vacation time is in the summer. Is there anything to do?

Perhaps, the most asked question by tourists visiting Palm Springs of we locals is, How do you survive the summer heat? Listed below are places and activities that are readily available for anyone who decides to brave our summer with an average temperature hovering around 108 degrees in July.

It is strongly recommend you do the following things before you leave your hotel room:

1. Put on suntan lotion.

2. Fill your refillable water bottle.

3. Grab your hat.

4. Put on your sunglasses.

Shopping Activities

I recommend you head out before 10:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. to go to the store to get supplies. Yes, the stores will be more crowded, but trust me the thought of even carrying a bag of groceries from the store to car in 110 temperatures is not for the faint of heart.

If you want to shop for anything else, our storekeepers will be thrilled to have you enter their stores at any time. This is a terrific time for bargains for store owners are trusting their sales will lure you into their establishments.

Keep in mind, once you are inside you will be perfectly comfortable for air conditioning abounds in Palm Springs.

Pool Time

Needless to say, pools are everywhere. Here is an article from our local paper, in the

Perfect Place to Relax with Cocktails or Poolside Party

Desert Sun which, shares with you all the places you can go, and if there is a cost associated with them. This would be a fun way to expand your pool experiences throughout the Coachella Valley.

So you want to tan? We locals highly recommend, in the summer, work on your suntan before 12:00.

Be sure to use suntan lotion. If that isn’t enough pool time for you, just know it is heavenly going for swims in the warm desert air after the sun goes down.

Want to meet with friends in a casual atmosphere? Invite them for poolside cocktails. I have always wondered if Pool Parties originated in Palm Springs.


Gone are the days, when you visited Palm Springs, most of the restaurants are closed. They may take a couple of weeks off or a month for refurbishing, but most are operating as usual. Perhaps, they will have reduced hours; yet, you can check their websites.

Outside dining is still available on many of the restaurant patios for water misters produce a lovely cooling effect. You can eat out three meals a day at a different restaurant and not repeat a restaurant for they are so many choices. I have started writing about some of them on my blog, Palm Springs Insider Guide just search category Food on the blog menu.


The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you up to an elevation of 8,516 ft, on the world's largest rotating tram car. You can expect to find it 15 to 20 degrees cooler at the top. The ride is spectacular. A great time to go is about 4:00 p.m., so you can experience the ride up in the daylight, and then have dinner or cocktails up there and come down

Mountains Create Magical Sunsets

after the sunsets.

Love art? You will want to visit our Palm Springs Art Museum. This magnificent building has an expansive art collection and even its own sculpture garden. There is a branch of it down the street which holds abundant information on the architecture of our city and definitely worth in-depth look at our Modernism architecture.

Check their website to see what exhibit, lectures or films being offered while you are in our city.

Aviation Enthusiasts will be thrilled to see the Palm Springs Air Museum. Visitors may meet veterans sharing their stories about the vintage planes.

Be sure to check their summer hours. Make sure you take your water bottle with you for the hangers are not air condition. The museum is totally handicap accessible.

If you fancy gambling and are feeling lucky, you can head to our newly remodeled Agua Caliente Spa Resort Casino There is no spa there at the moment. When you see the massive construction going on near the casino, that is where the new Spa will be located along with the long-awaited Indian Cultural Museum opening in 2020.

In Closing

Palm Springs no longer is a sleepy little village or perceived as the town with just older people. Summer is the perfect time to explore.

So when are you going to book your airline ticket or plan your road-trip for a weekend getaway?

Kathy Condon is a travel writer and blogger. She is the Founder of the Palm Springs Insider Guide Her book It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask: It’s All About Communication was named Best Book Finalist By USA Book News 760-902-3094

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