Step Away From Palm Springs For These 10 Thing To Do In Cathedral City

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I’m sure that we all know that Palm Springs is 24 hours a day and big on parties, but what of its lesser known little sister, Cathedral City, just ten minutes drive from Palm Springs? Well, with its perfect location, cheaper accommodation options and still plenty of activities to take part in during your down time from Palm Springs we’re sure that Cathedral City can entertain you with these ten ‘chill’ activities.

1. The final resting place of Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra's Grave
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Depending on how much you like Frank Sinatra having this first on our list might be a bit morbid, or totally awesome. Either way here it is, Frank Sinatra’s gravesite. Ole Blues Eyes died in 1998 and is buried in Desert Memorial Park alongside his mother. There is also an onsite map of other famous deceased people in the site so you can pay your respects. A simple gravesite with the markings “the best is yet to come” and (quite frequently) a bottle of Jack Daniels marks Frank’s final resting place.

The final resting place of Frank Sinatra

Address: Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California

Grave Site: Google Map

2. Make a wish at the Fountain of Life

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Located in front of City Hall this waterfall and interactive water sculpture is bound to grant your wishes, if your desire is strong enough. Designed by artist Jennifer Johnson she focuses on mixing the concept of growth whilst paying homage to the history of this area. The fountain has three stone columns surrounded by sculptures of various local animals from the present and past: big horn sheep, lizards, tortoises, fishes, and birds to name a few. It is certainly a unique structure!

Fountain of Life

Address: 68700 Ave Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, CA 92234

Website: Fountain of Life

3. Ice Skating at Desert Ice Castle

 Ice Skating Rink
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Whether you’re like Bambi or a natural skater on the ice we’re sure that you’ll have fun ice skating in the Desert Ice Castle. They host public sessions every afternoon and most evenings. Be sure to ring ahead if you have children because a few times over the year they offer free skating lessons for children aged 3 upwards. They also turn it into a ice-skating-disco on Friday and Saturday nights.

Desert Ice Castle

Address: 68-600 Perez Rd, Cathedral City, CA 92234

Website: Desert Ice Castle

4. Go hiking on Araby Trail

Araby Trail
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For those of you like to have more control over their own feet (let’s just say i definitely fall into the Bambi on ice category) then perhaps hiking would be something that you’d enjoy and you’re in luck because the Araby Trail in Cathedral City is fantastic. It takes in gorgeous views over the Coachella Valley and also passes right by Bob Hope’s house (Comedian who sadly passed away in 2003).

Araby Trail

Address: Araby, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Website: Araby Trail

5. Re-sale Shopping along East Palm Canyon Drive

Downtown Palm Springs CA
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Get your things ready and head to East Palm Canyon Drive that passes straight through Cathedral City for some bargain re-sale outfits and furniture. Otherwise known as the “Cent$ational Mile” there are 8 resale shops along the route, that should keep you busy for a few hours!

Cent$ational Mile

Address: East Palm Canyon Dr, California

Website: Cent$ational Mile

6. Take the Kids for a fun day at Boomers

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Simply summed up as “fun happens here” how can you go wrong with this all encompassing family entertainment centre with miniature golf, epic go-karts, bumper boats, climbing wall, batting cages and a video-game arcade! With all of those activities you can let your kids run wild whilst you enjoy a relaxing sit-down! Note that opening times and prices at Boomers vary depending on activities.


Address: 67-700 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City, California 92234

Website: Boomers

7. Drop by Bart Lounge for some chill DJ vibes

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Its name comes from the culmination from ‘Bar’ and 'Art’, in this cool hangout zone in Cathedral City. Open everyday from 7pm until 2am there is always something worth seeing at the Bart Lounge. With regular weekly features and specials on weekends be sure to check online to see what is happening at Bart Lounge before you turn up. Expect cheap drinks, chill vibes and good music sets. Obviously it’s an over 21 only venue only. Sorry kids.

Bart Lounge

Address: 67555 E. PALM CANYON DRIVE, F-124

Website: Bart Lounge

8. Bowling at Palm Spring Lanes

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With open bowling, lazer lights, family sessions and cheap nights this is a fantastic few hours spent in the daytime or evening. Head on down with your friends and family, or team-up with people already there and set your sights on the winning prize! Just as a heads up, on many of the cheap deal nights there are also bar deals to, you know, help improve your accuracy. Prices vary depending on night.

Bowling at Palm Spring Lanes

Address: 68051 Ramon Rd, Cathedral City, CA 92234

Website: Bowling at Palm Spring Lanes

9. Take part in one of the annual festivals

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Alongside the weekly activities going on in Cathedral City there are also a plethora of annual events so just for this section we’ve decide to list our top three festivals for you to check out. First up is the Hot Air Balloon Festival which takes place over a 3 day period which includes a gala, jazz music and a parade. The Interfusion Music Summit is also a three dayer with many radio stars and Djs tearing up the stage. The final of our top three for this list has to be the AMFM Festival which features a whole-host of goodies from arts, film, music, events and much more.


Address: Across Town

Website: Hot Air Balloon Festival

Website: The Interfusion Music Summit

Website: AMFM Festival

10. Can you escape from Palm Springs, just a short drive away?

Escape room
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With a number of rooms to choose from this is perfect way to spend an afternoon, that is of course, unless you get locked in for all eternity (insert evil laugh here). Pit yourself against the Vampire Room where a witch has evicted her vampire lover from his coffin, the Locker Room, where your only hope is to survive the last prisoner who didn’t make it out, Titanic Room, we’re pretty sure you can figure out what you have to do in this room and the Mystery Room, where colours, numbers and lights suddenly become your worst enemy as you try to solve the puzzles. Merlin’s Magic School Room, Jack The Ripper Room and Bank Heist are three new rooms that will be open in 2017. In fact, with that many rooms you could probably spend all day trying to escape!

Escape Rooms

Address: 560 S. Williams Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92264

Price: 30 USD

Website: Escape Rooms

Where to start...

Well after a (probably) hectic time in Palm Springs we’re delighted to show these slightly more relaxing activities that you can do in Cathedral City, just a short distance from Palm Springs. Not sure what to do first? Well, don’t worry about it, remember this is meant to be a relaxing list so grab a cup of tea, or a coffee and get ready in your own time!

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