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Free Activities in Greater Palm Springs

From hiking trails to quirky museums, Greater Palm Springs is packed with free and “nearly free” activities. If you’re traveling on a strict budget and need to find low-cost travel options, browse the vendors below to see some of the free things you can do in the area.

Or read our guide on Free (or Almost Free) Family Fun in Greater Palm Springs to find more budget-saving ideas, from discounted attractions to free activities and events.

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  • Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Opened in March 2012, this distinctive campus offers ongoing and temporary exhibitions of sculpture, painting, photography and new media. Featuring several gallery areas and is home to…

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Coachella Valley's scenic mountain backdrop covering 280,000 acres from sea level to 10,834 feet atop Mt. San Jacinto. Over 200 miles of hiking trails. High level of biodiversity.…

  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair

The Street Fair is located on the College of the Desert campus and is a great place to find holiday, birthday and anniversary gifts. With almost 300 vendors present each weekend, the Street…

  • Rock Yard / Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
  • Rock Yard / Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Greater Palm Springs' premier free summer outdoor concert stage. Live music can be heard every Friday and Saturday night featuring local cover bands and tribute performances. Check the…

  • Sunnylands Center & Gardens
  • Sunnylands Center & Gardens

A 17,000-square-foot building designed by Frederick Fisher & Partners. It sits on a 15-acre parcel adjacent to the historic estate and is surrounded by a nine-acre garden, designed by the…

  • Heather James Fine Art
  • Heather James Fine Art
  • Heather James Fine Art
  • Heather James Fine Art

Heather James Fine Art offers a rare look into art history’s past and present featuring fine artwork by premier Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary artists. The gallery…

  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair

Open-air farmer's market and shopping at its best. Bargains galore. A great way to start your day.

  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair

Hundreds of items for sale including clothing, accessories, outdoor and patio items, art, furniture, pottery, acrylic, jewelry, cosmetics, luggage, footwear, leather goods, home decor, health…

  • Palm Springs VillageFest

Every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs there is a diverse array of artists, entertainers, assorted fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, jewelry, international cuisine, and don't forget…

  • The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
  • The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

Sunnylands, completed in 1966, was the winter home of the late Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Designed by midcentury architect A. Quincy Jones, the 25,000-square-foot house…

  • Fountain of Life

Cathedral City provides the Fountain of Life in Town Square, an award winning interactive fountain providing artistic beauty and a “sprayground” water element. This fountain serves as an…

  • Cove Oasis

Available for event rentals, picnic tables, walking path.

  • Cancer Survivors Park

The Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park is located on the southeast side of City Hall at Frank Sinatra Drive and Highway 111. This beautiful one-acre park features a pyramid…

  • Palm Desert Civic Center Skateboard Park

Practice your Backslide or Ollie North or just have a good time in Palm Desert's only Skateboard Park. Get your DRD Fun Pass at the Palm Desert Community Center, only $5 for the entire year!…

  • De Oro Park
  • Monticello Park