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Your Best Deals At Wet ‘N’ Wild Palm Springs

Here is an update on your best deals for the Wet N Wild water park in Palm Springs.

Groupon: Two admissions and parking ($59): Click Here

Goldstar Coupons: One regular admission ($26.50): Click Here

There are also discount coupons available at Carl’s Jr restaurants and Costco, or just for buying tickets online at www.wetnwildpalmsprings.com, including an all-day price of $19.99 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

That $19.99 price is their “Twilight” price and you can get it any day if you go later in the afternoon, which is a pretty good idea anyway. Plus there is always free parking after 3 o’clock.

 

 

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Tips For Enjoying Summer In Palm Springs

Palm Springs gets hot in July and August, but there are still plenty of things to do in between relaxing and chilling out in your air-conditioned vacation rental. Here are some suggestions for getting the most out your vacation:

Rise and shine. If you want to walk, hike, or play golf or tennis, you will want to get up early. The sun is up around 6am and many people get up and out early to take advantage of the beautiful morning. The rising sun casts a red glow on the San Jacinto mountain and makes it gorgeous. 

Swim in the morning and evening. Of course, the pool feels great in the middle of the day, but since the air temps and water temps are warm this time of year, mornings and evening swims feel wonderful. Pool hours at Palm Canyon Villas are 7am to midnight, so there is plenty of time to enjoy. (Of course, be considerate with the noise levels during early and late hours).

Plan cooler activities in the middle of the day. When the temperatures soar, it’s a good time to get into cooler places. The Palm Springs Tramway is generally 30 degrees cooler since it takes you up 8500 feet in elevation. You can easily spend half a day up there if you do a little hiking. For those that want to take it easier, you can enjoy lunch up there and take a nature walk through Long Valley. If you make it to Notch 3, you will be rewarded with amazing views of upper Tahquitz Canyon and the Coachella Valley. Other “cooler” activities include visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Air Museum, a little gambling at the Spa Casino, or splash around at the Wet N Wild Water Park. Joshua Tree National Park is also a good option, though it will still be warm there. The earlier you go, the better, and the air-conditioned drive through the north end of the park is itself worth going. You can get out of the car and walk around to your own comfort level.  

Enjoy Downtown Palm Springs in the evening. There are great shops and restaurants downtown, so you can sit down to a nice dinner then stroll down Palm Canyon Drive after. Many of the restaurants have misting systems to bring the outdoor temperatures down about 15 degrees, so it’s often very comfortable to sit out on a patio and enjoy the evening. After dinner, there are plenty of great places to get treats. Great Shakes is the best (trust me), but you can’t go wrong with some italian ice and custard from Vinny’s. There are also several ice cream places on Palm Canyon. 

There are plenty of options, including the option of chilling out at the condo and enjoying a good book. Sleep in. Catch up on your crosswords. Palm Springs is all about relaxation. Enjoy!

Palm Springs Modernism Fall Preview Is Coming

Every year in February, thousands of mid-century architecture and culture enthusiasts gather in Palm Springs for Palm Springs Modernism Week. For those who can’t get enough, or want to take advantage of off-season rates, or like to enjoy Modernism without all the hubbub, the mid-October Modernism Week Fall Preview is for you.

During this 4-day “Mini Modernism”, you can experience a sampler-size version of the bus tours, cocktail parties, house tours, car shows, and other events.

One event I can guarantee will be a hoot is the Charles Phoenix: Super Duper Double Decker Bus Tour. “Experience midcentury architectural treasures of Palm Springs with retro pop culture humorist and author, Charles Phoenix, as he leads a spirited adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus”. If you are familiar with Charles’ humorous takes on mid-century history, you know there will be a lot of laughs while you learn about Palm Springs mid-century modern heritage. The double-decker bus is excellent since it allows you to really get a good view of the houses and properties you will drive by. 

Modernism Week Fall Preview runs from October 18-21, 2018, and tickets go on sale August 1st. Head over to their website at www.modernismweek.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Palm Springs Art Museum Is Free On Thursday Nights

The City of Palm Springs Public Arts Commission believes that everyone should have access to art, so they have arranged to make admission to the Palm Springs Art Museum free for everyone on Thursdays (Summer hours are 12pm – 8pm). 

Palm Springs may be a small town, but our art museum is world class. The building was designed in 1974 by acclaimed mid-century architect E. Stewart Williams and it is stunning. Inside you will find major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. There are two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The museum has exhibited art by such notables as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, and Marc Chagall. Check the website for current exhibitions.

Beat the heat and enjoy a cool afternoon perusing some amazing art, all for free. You can go across the street and buy some ice cream with all the money you saved!

As an added bonus, the Palm Springs Museum of Architecture and Design Center is also free all day Thursday (from 12pm – 5pm). You will find it at Palm Canyon and Baristo not very far from the Art Museum. 

Palm Springs Art Musem

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-322-4800

 

A New Spa And Museum Will Open In Palm Springs In 2020 

The Agua Caliente Tribe has broken ground on its new 5.8-acre cultural center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The cultural center will feature a new cultural museum, a new Agua Caliente Spa and Bathhouse that celebrates the Tribe’s ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a Gathering Plaza, gardens, and an Oasis Trail. 

Inspiration for the cultural center’s design includes Agua Caliente traditions such as basket weaving and pottery and elements found in nature including desert landscapes, Andreas Canyon rock formations, the Andreas Canyon stream and the Washingtonia filifera palm trees – the only native palm tree to the California desert. 

The cultural center will include numerous outdoor activity spaces, including a Gathering Plaza adjacent to the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring. Visitors can readily access from the Plaza either the Museum or the Spa and Bathhouse along landscaped terraces and pathways that serve as an extension of the Gathering Plaza. An interpretive green belt, the Oasis Trail, meanders through the property and provides an interactive, cultural learning environment. This trail recreates, on a smaller scale, the distinctive character, geology, flora and beauty of the nearby Indian Canyons, one of the ancestral homes of the Agua Caliente.

The new Museum includes approximately 48,000 square feet and will feature collections in a main gallery, changing gallery and art gallery. The new Museum, a repository for cultural artifacts, stories and history, will also include an education center and garden.

The Spa includes approximately 40,000 square feet to celebrate the ancient healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring with treatments rooms, men and women’s bathhouses, a tranquility garden, a salon, fitness center and outdoor mineral pools.

The Oasis Trail will meander between the Museum and Spa and will include terraces, a waterfall, sandy beach, fire pits and meditation labyrinth. 

For more information and updates, go to the website at http://www.visionaguacaliente.com.