November is a time for family get-togethers and visits to grandma and grandpa’s house.
So, what’s available for a short family excursion or a day trip for the young ones?
Palm Springs Air Museum
The hangars at Palm Springs Air Museum are consistently ranked among the top aero museums in the country. The space showcases World War II combat aircraft, but the museum’s location adjacent to the Palm Springs International Airport offers access to flight demonstrations and plane-based activities as well. Several cockpits are open for land-based wannabe pilots. 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. 760-778-6262; www.palmspringsairmuseum.org
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Put your head in the clouds aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which rises 8,500 feet above Palm Springs. On days when the desert temperature sizzles, the top of the tram can be as much as 30 degrees cooler. You’ll travel through five different ecosystems as you make your way up to easy nature loops, challenging hiking trails, pristine wilderness for camping, even snowshoeing in the winter! This is the largest rotating tramcar in the world with guaranteed spectacular views throughout the ascent. And it’s probably the only tram with gentle flamenco music to accompany your journey. Parking is $5 for cars and motorcycles, but free for Coachella Valley residents. 1 Tram Way, off N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.888-515-8726; www.pstramway.com
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Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is a hands-on, intergenerational museum, fun and accessible for everybody. Messy play, problem-solving, and exploration are all encouraged through engaging activities, special events, and interactive exhibitions. Try the rope maze or grocery shopping with minicarts. 71701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-321-0602; www.cdmod.org
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
Located in the Palm Desert foothills, this unique and wild zoo is dedicated to preserving the flora and fauna of the Colorado plateau. The Living Desert opened in 1970 with 360 acres and has expanded to over 1,200.
An additional 1,000 acres remain in their natural state. Visitors can hike miles of trails, feed the giraffes, frolic with the butterflies, and enjoy camel and carousel rides. Children love this zoo, and adults do too. Book a private tour for your first visit to see everything the park has to offer. 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert. 760-346-5694; www.livingdesert.org
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Content sponsored by Trilogy at The Polo Club, 51750 Polo Club Drive, Indio, 760-775-5522.
For more information, please visit the Explore 52 day trip kiosk at the Trilogy at the Polo Club clubhouse.