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Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
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+1 760-346-5694
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert...

The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.

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US$19.95*
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Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
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Well worth a visit, with its overview of desert life. The train display is world class - do NOT miss this part of the adventure!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Indio, California
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Indio, California
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a visit, with its overview of desert life. The train display is world class - do NOT miss this part of the adventure!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our walk through the desert zoo with our three year-old and infant (in a stroller). We had never visited the California desert and this provided a nice introduction to the plants/animals found within. The park staff were very pleasant/helpful. Our three year-old was nearly bored when we found a lovely carousel in the middle of the park. She... More 

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surrey, bc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very nice walk through cacti, palm trees and various animals. You can get 1/2 price tickets through Costco online. They are e tickets. Would recommend minimum two hours there

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We loved this desert zoo. There were many different activities. My grandkids would love the trains, especially the Thomas trains!! My favorite was the butterfly exhibit, they were amazing! The camel rides looks like fun and the giraffes were up close and you could feed them. The cheetahs were fed meatballs at 11:15 and you could watch them do some... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived at just the right time to see a zookeeper feeding some of the animals. She did a talk during the feeding and was very informative. The camel ride isn't very long but it is fun. The butterfly house is neat too. Be ready to walk a lot. It's pretty big and we didn't even go down the San... More 

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Loveland, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been going to the "Zoo" each time we go to Palm Desert for a number of years. Why keep going back? To see the any changes they continually are making. The animals do not appear to be uncomfortable in this habitat. The train exhibit, which used to be really quaint and cute, is being commercialized. Billboards are sold... More 

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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is so much more than a zoo! At the veterinary hospital we watched them give an annual physical to a wart hog. Rode the tram to the Africa exhibit, where we rode a camel, watched cheetahs run, and fed a giraffe (even more fun to watch the kids feed them). The G-gauge model train set up covers 3/4 of... More 

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San Bernardino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent a perfect day here celebrating Valentine's Day. Things had changed, since we were here about 20 years ago. First, we went over to the giraffe exhibit where we watched a giraffe munching on carrots. Several other giraffes including a youngster were a little shy and stayed in the background. The African setting for these elegant creatures was very... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've been going to Palm Springs every year for at least 25 years. At least 3 times during our vacation visits we go to the Living Desert to see the desert animals, desert vegetation, and have leisurely walks. This is a 1,200 acre open preserve with great level paved walking ways, regular admission, and a Safari tour that offers admission... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful, modern facility. The main walkways are paved and wide enough to accommodate plenty of visitors. The gardens have dirt or sand paths, well maintained and easy to follow. Signage in the gardens and at the animals enclosures provides good information about the exhibits. There is a high-quality veterinary hospital which allows visitors to see animals getting... More 

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