Can you believe that I'm almost 34, I've lived in Southern California my entire life.... never been to Palm Springs! Ever... The Master rides quads for fun, and we go to Glamis quite a bit. If you've never been to Glamis, imagine an enormous sand box with no running water. For years we would head down to Glamis for some "fun"..... with no running water... and lots of sand.
We would drive by Palm Springs, and a girl could hope. Wish. Dream.
Flashback to this guy at 25 in that big ole' sand pit.
Well girls, wishes do come true! My dads bought a house in Palm Springs!!! Now there was no way the Master could say "no" to Palm Springs!!
Wahoo for vacations that include running water!
We spent our Spring Break 2017 in Palm Springs!
We put together a 3 day family travel guide for you.
You can also search our hashtag #theflamesdopalmsprings2017 to see all our photos!
We arrived super late on a Wednesday. Our kids hate the car, hence why it's been so hard to do vacations. I refuse to drive any long distance with them, and the Master refuses to be trapped on an airplane with them. Their suuuuuper easy kids......
Day 1: Palm Springs Ariel Tram & Villagefest
Thursday morning we were up and ready to go!
We headed downtown for breakfast, we found a cute little French Restaurant, L' Atelier . The mimosas had a bit of strawberry in them which made them super tastey! We had eggs Benedict on a croissant, which tasted just like Paris... see the sign?
Prices were super reasonable & they had kid friendly food!
After breakfast we headed up the the San Jacinto Mountians!
We arrived around 11:30 and caught the 12:20 tram up. The wait was not long at all, it gave us plenty of time to check out the many decks for viewing the beautiful scenery!
The ride lasted about 10 minutes. Don't worry about where you stand, the floor rotates! There is no sitting on the tram on the way up, you must stand. If you have a backpack they'll ask you to take it off. There was a person at the top with a stroller, but I wouldn't assume you can take one. If you have a little one, be sure to bring a carrier.
Once you're at the top, it's breathtaking! The views are incredible and it's like you've entered another world! There is a restaurant, bar and gift shop at the top. But I highly recommend bringing a picnic lunch, there are a ton of tables behind the visitors center. There are trails that run along side creeks, patches of snow and bridges to cross! It is such a fun place to let the littles explore! You could easily spend a few hours exploring the area.
After our adventurous outing we headed back to the house and freshened up for Villagefest! If you are in town on a Thursday, this is a must! They shut down a portion of Palm Canyon Drive and it quickly fills up with vendors, art exhibits and food! There's no need to make dinner reservations, theres plenty of yummy food like Paella, Shwarma, Crepes & more!
Day 2: Wet & Wild plus Patriots first movie!
We were so excited to take Liberty to the water park because, duh. Slides & WATER!? The park opened at 11 and closed at 5. If you can buy your tickets in advance, do it! You can save a few bucks!
Wet and Wild was super clean & surprisingly quiet for spring break! We grabbed a few chairs on the grass under an easy up to plop our stuff down.
There was a ton of slides along with a wave pool & lazy river!
There are 2 restaurants on site, plus a bar!
But, be careful the one that serves the Carne Asada & tacos is only open a few hours. Wet & Wild allows you to bring in sports drinks & waters ONLY! They will ask you to throw anything else away. W & W supplies life jackets to so no need to bring your own.
After they kicked us out of the park, literally, we headed home to refresh and back out to the movies. This was patriots first movie. We headed to the Regal Theater in town, they have a ton of movies to choose from!
Day 3: The Living Desert
What a cool zoo! You guys, this is one of my favorites! I've been to zoo's all over, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Miami, its one of my most favorite things to see in a city! This zoo honestly felt like you were walking into another land. The animals are all fit perfect for the area and the extras are awesome! Liberty and the Master got to ride a camel! A camel! It was quite hot so make sure to arrive early. If you go in the fall/winter there are some hiking trails as well! There are a few indoor spaces with activities as well if you need to get out of the heat.
There is still so much to do we'll definitely be back!!
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The past few weekends we've spent our Sunday nights at the Ventura Pier, and it is gorgeous!
Theirs a restaraunt on the pier called Beach Tacos. Aahhhhhmazing! They have the perfect to-go boxes that are perfect for eating at the beach below the pier... that wait for it.... HAS A PLAYGROUND!!
The tacos are to die for! I always get the carne asada combo plate that comes with cheese, veggies & peppers sautéed on top. 😋
The quesadillas are SO good as well!! So cheesy, my kids love them!
After dinner we head down the pier for a great view of the sunset!
It's the perfect ending to the weekend!