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Culture and Recreation

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Cultural and recreational opportunities abound in Palm Desert. The community's love affair with art is evident throughout the City. From Palm Desert's renowned Art in Public Places Program to its collection of more than 30 art galleries, you'll find an eclectic array of visual art that enhances the natural beauty of the City. Visit the City's own Art in Public Places website for photos, videos, and tours of the more than 150 artworks in the program. 

An exciting addition to the City's cultural amenities is the new Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. The 8,400-square-foot building features ongoing exhibitions of internationally important sculpture, painting, photography, art glass, architecture, and design. Outdoors, 250,000 square feet of native plantings, winding pathways, and water features will be enhanced by major sculptures in abstract and representational styles.

The City's outdoor and recreational opportunities are endless.  Play golf or just enjoy breakfast, lunch, and the scenery at Desert Willow Golf Resort.  A variety of hiking and bicycling trails offer trails easy enough for beginners while others will challenge even the most experienced. Trail maps are available at the Palm Desert Visitor Services Counter.  The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of the City's most popular natural wonders. This 1,200 acre preserve features 400 fascinating desert animals, Native American exhibits, hiking trails, and more.

Palm Desert is proud of its 14 parks enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Many of them feature skate and dog parks, playgrounds, picnic tables, and various sport courts. Click here for a complete listing of the City's parks, their amenities, and locations. 

Special events held throughout the year round out this special community. From the annual Golf Cart Parade to the City's Summer Concert Series, there's always something happening for all ages in Palm Desert.    


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