No matter how deep your pockets, who doesn’t love “free?!” If you want a bash without forking out cash, check out these ways to enjoy Palm Springs absolutely free.
"FOREVER MARILYN" SCULPTURE
A 26-foot tall “Forever Marilyn” sculpture has been installed in downtown on the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon and will be on display through June 2013. The dramatic statue by American artist Seward Johnson represents one of the most famous images of Marilyn Monroe, taken from the film “The Seven Year Itch.” It is a great photo opportunity!
TAKE A HIKE
See Southern California's most breathtaking scenery and tallest mountain ranges. The Coachella Valley Hiking Club can be reached at 760-345-6234 or www.cvhikingclub.net and the Desert Trails Hiking Club can be reached at 760-340-2256.
RIDE YOUR BIKE
Palm Springs has miles of well-marked and maintained routes throughout the historical neighborhoods and downtown. Pick up a map or at the Official Visitors Center (800-347-7746) located at 2901 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Bicycle rentals and tours >
Every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. Palm Canyon Drive (between Amado and Baristo Roads) becomes an old fashioned street fair, with musicians, food, arts and crafts vendors, and a farmers market. www.villagefest.org
CRUISE THE CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET
Discover the freshest and best locally grown produce every Saturday from 8:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. adjacent to the Camelot Theatres on 2300 E. Baristo Road or at the Palm Springs Mall on 2365 E. Tahquitz during summer months. certifiedfarmersmarket.ning.com
HAVE A PICNIC
Ruth Hardy Park, Sunrise Park, and DeMuth Park offer pleasant, shady spots to picnic, complete with tables, barbecues, and playground equipment.
VILLAGE GALLERY WALK
Spend the afternoon gallery hopping and enjoying fine art, sculptures, and unique boutiques on Palm Canyon Drive. Check out the special event section for the frequent art fairs held in Francis Stevens Park and Sunrise Park.
SOAK UP THE SUN
Palm Springs has 350 days of sunshine every year. That just may be the reason why everyone is in such a good mood.
HIT THE TENNIS COURTS
Free court time is available at some of the city’s best locations: DeMuth Park, Palm Springs High School, and Ruth Hardy Park.
FEEL THE SPIRIT OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE
Get a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Cahuilla Indians at downtown’s Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Information Center located at the Village Green Hertiage Center. Phone: 760-323-0151. www.accmuseum.org
EXPLORE AN OASIS
The 13,000 acre Coachella Valley Preserve has springs, dunes, mesas, hiking, and riding trails. Phone: 760-343-1234. www.coachellavalleypreserve.org
LISTEN TO MUSIC
There are continually changing special events, musicians, and jam sessions at Las Casuelas Terraza, Blue Coyote Grill, Melvyn’s Restaurant, the Village Pub, and more nightlife.
Belt out some of your favorite songs at Peabody’s Coffee Bar and the Crazy Coconut Grill.
FOLLOW THE STARS
Palm Springs has its own "Walk of Stars," on the sidewalks of downtown Palm Canyon Drive. Also, walk outside after dark and lookup at millions of stars you'll never see in the big city.
SHOP THE WINDOWS
Stroll world famous Palm Canyon Drive, the host to consignment stores, home furnishing shops, and charming fashion boutiques. Shopping directory >>>
CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY
Our award winning Palm Springs Public Library has free wireless internet access as well as computers that can be used with a library card. Extensive DVD, audio book, and CD collections, international reference services, video conferencing services, assorted free adult and children's programming, and more can be found in the library. Call for hours: 760-322-READ. www.palmsprings-ca.gov
STROLL THE PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM
Enjoy changing contemporary art, Western art, Cahuilla basketry collections, a sculpture garden, gift shop, and restaurant. FREE admission Thursdays from 4-8p.m. and the second Sunday of every month. Phone: 760-325-7186. www.psmuseum.org
BACKSTREET ART DISTRICT
Stroll through a dozen artist owned galleries and studios and be sutre to check out their art walks held the first Wednesday of every month from 6-9p.m. www.backstreetartdistrict.com/
MCCORMICK’S CLASSIC CAR SHOWROOM
Visit McCormick’s Classic Car Showroom, home of Palm Springs’ quarterly classic car auction. The consignment showroom is always full of privately owned classic vehicles and is located at 244 North Indian Canyon Drive. www.classic-carauction.com/
DRIVE YOURSELF ON A MIDCENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE TOUR
Palm Springs is home to the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture. Pick up a map of Modern Palm Springs at the Visitors Center (2901 North Palm Canyon Drive) for a self guided tour.
SPOT A VAST ARRAY OF WILDLIFE
The Big Morongo Wildlife Reserve and Covington Park is a noted wildlife sanctuary, with a picnic area and hiking trails. Call for hours: 760-363-7190. www.bigmorongo.org
DROP IN TO THE SENIOR CENTER
The Palm Springs Mizell Senior Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5p.m., with many special activities on weekends and evenings. Many activities are free, with a minimal charge for others. Phone: 760-323-5689. www.mizell.org
TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE PARK
Palm Springs Dog Park is a one and a half acre dog oasis with enclosed area for small dogs, located at 222 Civic Dr. North (behind City Hall). Phone: 760-323-8299.