5 Fun Ways to Stay Cool in Palm Springs This Summer

The only thing hotter than Palm Springs is Palm Springs in the summer!

From day spas to date shakes, plus tons of activities in between, there are plenty of things to do in the Palm Springs area this summer that will keep you both cool and entertained!


1. Be An Early Bird

Even if you don’t consider yourself much of a morning person, there’s something undeniably magical about the early daylight hours when the weather is still cool, the crowds are scarce, and the sky is a spectacular showcase of pink and golden hues.

Embrace this time as the perfect opportunity to enjoy a morning hike at Tahquitz Canyon, culminating in a stunning 60-foot waterfall, or start your day with a restorative outdoor yoga class featuring the desert landscape as your backdrop.

outdoor yoga

2. Go Surfing

Yes, you read that right! Catch some gnarly waves, Palm Springs style! A truly one-of-a-kind experience, the Palm Springs Surf Club offers up a bit of beach culture in the middle of the desert where surf enthusiasts can ride the perpetually perfect wave, float down the lazy river with a cold drink in hand, or dine at the onsite restaurant.


3. Escape to the Spa

Indulge your senses—and escape the heat—with a Palm Springs spa day. With its beautiful natural surroundings and multitude of tranquil wellness retreats, the Palm Springs area is the perfect setting for total rejuvenation.

The recently-opened Spa at Séc-he offers a Day Pass that allows you to enjoy all of its amenities, including their signature “Taking of The Waters.” You can also add on a custom massage or facial that will leave you feeling completely blissful.

woman getting a facial

4. Head to Higher Ground

Hop onboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway that within 10 minutes transports from you from the dry desert floor to the pristine, pine-filled San Jacinto Mountains where it’s at least 30 degrees cooler! Take your pick from over 50 miles of hiking trails, enjoy outdoor dining at Peaks Restaurant, and marvel at the views from high up above.

5. Make it a Date

Head to the iconic Shields Date Garden, which has been in business since 1924, to sample blonde and brunette date varietals that are unique to the area. Also, don’t even think about leaving the premises until you’ve tried a date shake, hands down the best—and sweetest—way to keep cool in Palm Springs this summer.


No matter how you choose to stay cool, book a stay at Vista Mirage Resort, a desert oasis in the heart of Palm Springs!