10 Things to Do in Thousand Palms That You Shouldn't Miss

November 16, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Thousand Palms is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Coachella Valley of Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 7,715 at the 2010 census, up from 5,120 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Thousand Palms

1. Sunnylands

37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-2008 +1 760-202-2222
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 577 reviews

Sunnylands

Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for high-level retreats of leaders seeking solutions. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to building international understanding, advancing world peace, improving the functioning of government and other purposes through high-level retreats for global leaders from a spectrum of fields.The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands welcomes national and international leaders for high-level retreats and meetings that address and seek solutions to serious issues facing the nation and world. Sunnylands, the former winter residence of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, is available also for limited public tours with purchase of a ticket. The adjacent Sunnylands Center & Gardens, open free to the public, features exhibitions, films, and educational programs; and visitors can enjoy a nine-acre garden. The historic house and Sunnylands Center & Gardens opened March 1, 2012. Sunnylands Center & Gardens is closed June 5 through September 13, 2017. Reopens September 14, 2017.

Reviewed By TTSGarden - Cerrillos, New Mexico

My husband and I were vacationing here for just one weekend. There were no tickets available for the home tour but we decided to show up to do the garden tour. It is well worth it. Our tour guide Grace was fabulous and informative.

2. Coachella Valley Brewing Company

30640 Gunther St, Thousand Palms, CA 92276-2333 +1 760-343-5973
Excellent
61%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Coachella Valley Brewing Company

Reviewed By UKVISIT - Arizona

Loved the industrial look taproom very modern and cool looking. The beers.. they had quite a few options no food except jerky and chips. The lagers to me were pretty standard good but nothing that stood out. For me my fav was desert swarm......great place to stop and enjoy a brew we went during the day during the week and it was not very busy.

3. Indian Wells Tennis Garden

78200 Miles Ave, Indian Wells, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92210-6803 +1 760-200-8400
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 417 reviews

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Reviewed By Katy R

My husband and I had a trip scheduled to this tournament for some time and it did not disappoint.

Starting from the beginning, purchasing tickets was simple. The tickets weren’t the cheapest, and to do a full day you must purchase both day and night tickets, but the seats I selected were worth the money (4 rows up from the VIP...which meant on the day I visited, I shared air with both Will Ferrell and Pete Sampras!). I also bought parking ahead of time for $25, we didn’t need to do this as our hotel offered a shuttle and you can turn up on the day and pay $25 cash (we know for next time now!)

The stadium and venue is new and it shows. The facilities are well kept and the restrooms were some of the best public restrooms I have used (as a woman this is a vital thing). There were plenty of food & beverage stands to cater for all tastes and picnic bench seating, which seemed to be available when we needed it. The stadium seats were pretty comfortable and gave you plenty of leg room so that you didn’t feel like you were going to knee the person in front of you in the back of the head. However, the stadium had a close, almost intimate feel, where you are close to the tennis. I have been to Flushing Meadows, and it is definitely not the case there. An important thing was that the venue never felt crowded. I have been to Wimbledon a handful of times, and every time I go it seems they are trying to squeeze as many people into the grounds as possible, which isn’t pleasant.
Another pro of Indian Wells over Wimbledon is that restaurants are available to non-VIPs. My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic meal at Wolfgang Puck’s pop up restaurant, Spago. We had a short wait, but it was worth it.

We were totally sold on both the event and venue. We will definitely be back!

4. Children's Discovery Museum

71701 Gerald Ford Dr, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-1934 +1 760-321-0602
Excellent
72%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Children's Discovery Museum

An interactive museum with hands-on exhibits allows children to explore and learn.

Reviewed By Martha A - Rancho Mirage, California

OMG!! This museum makes for a marvelous family outing. We visited (5 adults and one 5 year old) and would have stayed longer except we were getting hungry, and it was time for grandparents and child to head back to LA area. The museum is very interactive, has many levels of enjoyment and educational focus. Adults with youthful energy and balance can engage in many of the activities along with the children. There are thought provoking scientific exhibits. Children of all ages, as well as adults of all ages will be fascinated by the variety of the exhibits. I strongly recommend this wonderful venue in Rancho Mirage. It was so much fun, we nearly all forgot about engaging with our cell phones the entire time we were at the museum. At the time we left, I asked if adults were allowed to return without children. That's how much fun the adults had along with my 5-year old grand nephew.

5. Palm Springs Air Museum

745 N Gene Autry Trl, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5464 +1 760-778-6262
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Palm Springs Air Museum

Rated by CNN as one of the top 14 Air Museums in the World. This facility Gives visitors an up-close look at the legendary fighters and bombers of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Reviewed By Kyle G - Calgary, Canada

If you’re looking for something to do for an afternoon, I would recommend the air museum. They have lots of planes and many exhibits. The view of the mountains when you go outside is breathtaking. I’ve been here twice and I will go again when I’m back in PS. I would highly recommend this place.

6. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

72567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-3306 +1 760-346-5600
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Reviewed By MurrayTripp - Sheffield, United Kingdom

A lovely small gallery currently housing the interesting 'Lost and Found' exhibit. Great room of yellow felt to add to, our toddler loved adding some of his own pieces.

7. Ivey Ranch Equestrian Center

73605 30th Ave, Thousand Palms, CA 92276-4336 +1 760-409-4751
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4 based on 1 reviews

Ivey Ranch Equestrian Center

Professional horse boarding facility, lowest rates, miles of trails to area mountains, 9 acres, shady grassy areas, 4 arenas, 2 round pens, cleaning and 2 daily feedings,overnight equestrian campsites.

Reviewed By Leo P - Cathedral City, California, United States

nice trail and Horses and the staff is good too. Can't say much more

8. El Paseo Shopping District

73472 El Paseo, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-4268 +1 877-735-7273
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 896 reviews

El Paseo Shopping District

A unique shopping district filled with over 200 delightful discoveries... Shops, restaurants, art and more! Don't miss all the special events like Art Walk (1st Friday, Nov-May), Cruise Night (1st & 3rd Fridays through April), Jazz Concerts (Jan-Apr), Fashion Week (Mid-March) and so much more! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and online.

Reviewed By HappyTravels5251 - Edmonton, Canada

This district has everything you could ask for shopping, good restaurants, entertainment, coffee shops etc. Starting in January each year there is a “Concert In the Desert” series on the grass area with local artists performing. We have been to three and all exceeded our...MoreThank you for taking the time to share your El Paseo experience! We love the Gardens Concert Series too... and agree, the Starbucks corner is the BEST for people watching! We hope to see you back again soon!

9. The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library

71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-4123 +1 760-341-7323
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
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5 based on 61 reviews

The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library

Reviewed By Glenn H - Thousand Oaks

This library has everything one would want or should expect. Great selection of videos, magazines as well as the expected offerings in a libraries' main attraction - books. Also, Rancho Mirage's library offers wonderful programs featuring speakers and musicians. This is definitely a unique oasis of information, enjoyment and enlightenedment in the desert.

10. Sunline Transit Agency

Thousand Palms, CA +1 800-347-8628
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1 based on 1 reviews

Sunline Transit Agency

Reviewed By PSLocalGuy - Palm Springs, California

This service is no service at all! Takes me 2 hours to go 6.5 miles. Mostly a ride for the homeless. Always smells of pot or urine or both. Drivers do not enforce ANY rules. People blasting their music, smoking pot, and not paying their rider fee. Drivers tell me they won't get involved as they don't feel safe. You are better off to walk or take a private pay service if you can. Connections never meet and drivers won't wait for you. This is the worst system I have ever experienced anywhere. I usually opt for Uber or a taxi and I suggest you do the same or it will ruin your travel plans. If you are stuck and *have-to* ride these dirty buses, allow the same amount of time it would take you to walk and then some.

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