Face it. There are plenty of parched households in the desert of the Palm Springs Valley that do not have access to a swimming pool. And even if one is fortunate enough to take the plunge at their home or hotel, it’s sometimes extra special fun to get out there and frolic aquatically with the rest of the world. Splashtopia at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a great option for those staying there, but for those who aren’t guests at the hotel, there are a couple of really rewarding places to check out close by. www.rancholaspalmas.com/Splashtopia-Pools
Right up the road from Rancho Mirage is the Palm Desert Aquatic Center. This wonderful, newly-opened venue for all who worship water has facilities that will suit every member of the family. An Olympic-size pool works really well for lap-swimmers. The 1- and 3-meter boards are perfect for diving performers. And the shallow, 25-meter recreational pool with a wade-in entrance and two super-fun slides is perfect for everyone. There’s even a splash playground for the little little ones!
Heading west there are two other swim and play options in Palm Springs. Knott’s Soak City, open seasonally, is a water wonderland that will boggle the mind and keep even the most jaded child—and adult!—entertained all day. Heart-racing raft rides, a 600-foot lazy tubing river, pint-sized slides and splash pools for the tiny tots, an 800,000-gallon wave pool, and a dizzying array of slides, including the Sea Snake and the twin seven-story slides, are just the beginning of the action. I love it there!
And last but not least is the Palm Springs Swim Center. This lovely 50-meter pool is available year round for lap and recreational swimming, and some of the most gorgeous mountain views in the desert are included! www.palmsprings-ca.gov/index.aspx?page=786
So, summer, winter, spring, or fall, there’s always wet and wild fun to be had in the pools of the Palm Springs Valley.