Things To Do In Palm Desert

Five or Ten Bikram Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga University Village (Up to 79% Off)

Bikram Yoga University Village

Palm Desert

$90 $20

Certified Bikram yoga instructors lead students through 26 poses and two breathing exercises in studio heated to 105 degrees

Mustang Driving Experience or a Half- or Full-Day Racing-School Course at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway (50% Off)

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

Desert Center

$350 $175

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Students strap themselves into a 2013 Mustang GT and practice control tactics across 17 turns on a 2.68-mile traditional road course

$175 for $350 Groupon — Train Elite by Lisa

Train Elite By Lisa

Palm Desert

$350 $175

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Joshua Tree Adventure Tour for 2 or 4, or San Andreas Fault Explorer Tour for Up to 9 from Adventure Hummer Tours (Up to 44% Off)

Adventure Hummer Tours

Palm Desert

$338 $199

Climb aboard open-air military style hummers and depart for the oasis of the San Andreas Fault or off-road into Joshua Tree National Park

Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Palm Desert (50% Off)

Gracie Jiu-jitsu Palm Desert

Palm Desert

$175 $88

Unlimited Gracie Combatives classes for adults or Gracie Bullyproof classes for kids

One Month of Unlimited In-Studio Salsa Classes for One or Two at iCanDance.com (Up to 70% Off)

iCanDance.com

Palm Desert

$117 $39

Group salsa classes get feet moving to basic or advanced steps commonly spotted on the salsa nightclub scene

Four-Week Women's Boot Camp With Wholistic Fitness (75% Off). Two Locations Available.

Wholistic Fitness

Multiple Locations

$199 $49

Specializing in women's fitness, these supportive boot camps help women work on losing excess body fat & toning arm, leg, abdominal muscles

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For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit spreaders to develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. All of the school's classes cover basic mixing, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Woody Allen is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Students gain access to a book of recipes for shooters, including cosmos, lemon drops, and jelly beans; learn how to make frozen specialties and hot toddies; and discover how to cure hangovers and hiccups. For the 12-hour bartending-certification course, graduation sessions are held where the instructors offer helpful tips on how to get hired as a bartender, before returning home with a mixology certificate, professional resumé, and the ability to set up and stock their own home bars, all of which make a classy addition to living rooms, lounges, and butler traps.

75110 Saint Charles Pl
Palm Desert,
CA
US

At The Living Desert, a dedicated conservation team tends to plants and animals populating more than 1,800 acres of desert—1,000 of which remain in their natural, undisturbed state. In addition to protecting the Colorado Desert's native population of birds, wolves, reptiles, and minotaurs, The Living Desert houses bighorn sheep, cheetahs, striped hyenas, leopards, and parrots from arid regions throughout the globe. Through annual contributions, members of the nonprofit organization help preserve the Colorado Desert and bolster the population of endangered desert species. Members also gain unlimited access to the park, discounts in the gift shop, and invitations to special events, such as the annual member-cheetah race.

47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert,
CA
US

With his white hair and mustache and his penchant for hot air balloons, Wil LaPointe often jokes that he looks like the Wizard from The Wizard of Oz. On every balloon ride, LaPointe wants to create an unforgettable experience for his basket of passengers, peppering historical tidbits about early ballooning with jokes and stories such as the history of the white tiger adorning one of the balloons in his fleet. The white tiger, a ward of LaPointe’s friend—a wildlife caretaker—was one of three cubs abandoned by their mother and eventually raised by an open-minded golden retriever.

Though LaPointe is a self-proclaimed “balloonatic,” he got into the business of ballooning by chance when he bought a hot air balloon to advertise for his cellular-phone business. Today, LaPointe works as a master instructor of ballooning, training new pilots in addition to travelling to schools with miniature balloons, which he uses to teach hands-on lessons about mathematics, physics, and engineering.

LaPointe was featured on CNN.com after donating a balloon ride in his deceased wife’s name to Cy Breen, who raises funds for cancer research, on Breen's 100th birthday. Breen, who raises money each year by shooting one hole of golf for each birthday he’s had, did a little jig as he walked over to the white-tiger balloon, eager to check another item off his list of lifelong dreams.

74900 Gerald Ford Drive
Palm Desert,
CA
US

Ristorante Mamma Gina transports the tastes of northern Italy, where its parent restaurant stands in Florence, to the stomachs of eager diners. During dinner, the zuppa papa al pomodoro swathes palates in the warmth of herbal tomato flavors ($8.25), and the lemon-vinaigrette-marinated, thin-sliced artichokes of the carciofi empolese gently rouse taste buds to attention ($11.90). Over the crisply baked eggplant of the melanzane al forno, families can bask in conversation or arm-wrestle their grandparents ($23.90). Meanwhile, lunch-goers enjoy a menu of treats such as the grilled panino filetto, a combination of filet mignon and avocado slathered in light mustard dressing ($13.90).

73705 El Paseo
Palm Desert,
CA
US

The lithe instructors at Bikram Yoga University Village guide students through famed yogi Bikram Choudhury's 26 poses and two breathing exercises within a balmy, spa-like studio. During 90-minute routines, thermometers in the CO2-controlled room hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity and a 0% chance of rain to aid in stretching and in the body's detox potential. The studio's slip-resistant carpet keeps poses firmly intact, and UV lighting helps repel bacteria and class-disrupting vampires. During classes, floor-length mirrors help students perfect their poses, and the facility's well-maintained locker rooms wash away one's hard-earned sweat afterward.

36869 Cook St.
Palm Desert,
CA
US

Technique Training and Fitness Center’s 10,000-square-foot facility boasts a full range of cross-training equipment that helps everyone from seasoned athletes to beginner exercisers get fit. Gym-goers can join other like-minded individuals during classes such as Brazilian Body and Cardio Bag, which use 150-pound hanging bags to tone, gain balance, and build speed. Additionally, the staff helps guests reach their fitness goals with personal-training sessions and custom meal plans.

77-745 Flora Rd
Palm Desert,
CA
US