Explore Joshua Tree National Park, which stands in not one, but two deserts: the Colorado and Mojave. The Colorado Desert is at a lower elevation, below 3000 feet, and is home to many types of cacti and animals like bighorn sheep, jackrabbits and the desert tortoise. Animals are most easily spotted along the Colorado River. The Mojave Desert features the Joshua Tree, for which the park is named.
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens brings the flora and fauna of the world's deserts to Palm Springs. Exhibits feature the plants and wildlife of the local Colorado and Mojave deserts as well as the deserts of Mexico, Madagascar and Africa. See plants like cacti, prickly pears and smoke trees and animals ranging from hummingbirds and mountain lions to giraffes and ostriches.
Spend an afternoon at the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert, where the kids will have so much fun building and exploring that they won't realize they're learning! They can navigate the rope maze, solve brainteasers, add to the tapestry in progress on the gallery weaving loom, build a block fort and much more.
Kids can't seem to get enough of water parks, so let your kids splash and slide the afternoon away at Wet 'n Wild. With attractions like a family funhouse, wave pool and selection of slides, the whole family can stay cool while having a great time.
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