With the summer solstice just around the corner, many Palm Springs residents are expecting to see their mercury rise to just around the 100°F mark this month.
While this can be intimidating to those who aren’t used to such sweltering levels of heat, longtime locals have become well versed in various methods of beating the scorching summer sun.
If you’re looking to stay cool while making sure you benefit from everything Palm Springs has to offer this summer, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Find a Cool Pool
Taking a cool dip on a hot day might be the best option to enjoy the California sun while still managing to stave off the oppressive warmth. Try cooling down in your own private cabana at the family friendly main pool at La Quinta Resort & Club, or enjoy a signature cocktail in their adult pool surrounded by stunning mountain views.
If splashing through water slides is more your cup of (iced) tea, head to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa and enjoy their brand new water park complete with the tallest waterslides in the Coachella valley, as well as a lazy river and a splash pad with water cannons and dumping buckets, so there’s never any danger of overheating — or boredom.
See a Movie
Feel like getting out of the house, but not spending the day in the sun? There’s no better way to escape reality for a few hours with a summer blockbuster at the local theater. Dodge the heat from the dark, air-conditioned comfort of plush theater seating.
If you’re looking for classic, foreign or independent cinema, make sure you check out what’s showing at Camelot Theatres for an old school movie experience that’ll have you forgetting all about the number on the thermometer.
Chill Out with Ice Cream
With all sorts of local confectionery shops in Palm Springs, a cool treat is a great way to pair an exploratory sightseeing trip with some delicious locally made ice cream to help you chill down. From sherbet to frozen yogurt to classic ice cream cones, there’s definitely something to entice your taste buds and rescue you from the sweltering desert sun.
Shop(pe) is a great place to satisfy your cravings with traditional ice cream flavours, but they’re also changing the game with unusual flavours like Blackberry Cabernet and Horchata. Be sure to check back often to see what uniquely delicious creations they have in stock.
Go For a Drive
Get out and explore the beautiful scenery with a windows-down (or air-condition cranked) drive through the spectacular Coachella valley region for some incredible photo ops. Make the picturesque drive an hour south and enjoy a day trip to Salton Sea complete with boating, camping or fishing on California’s largest lake.
Check Out Some Museums
Another great way you can find some reprieve from the California sun is by visiting one of the many museums located in the Palm Springs area. The Palm Springs Art Museum, for example, has several breathtaking exhibits to take in for an afternoon of art and culture.
History buffs should be sure to visit the Palm Springs Air Museum, where you’ll be able to view, learn about, and even book a flight with one of these historic aircrafts.
While these are just a few of the ways you can beat the heat while getting the most out of your summer, Palm Springs is a culture-rich and diverse town that rewards exploration. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for more local experiences to keep you out of the heat.
Be sure to call ahead to confirm operating hours and book reservations, if needed.
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