How to have a two-person adventure in Rancho Mirage for under $50


Picture this: You find yourself in the Coachella Valley during the summer, and you’ve already done everything you can to cool down. The few times you braved the outdoors, it was to swim to your heart’s desire or walk through downtown Palm Springs enough times to start seeing a mirage.

Sound familiar? We can help.

If you’re a visitor who’s made the journey to our desert before, it’s likely been to fabulous Palm Springs. But there are plenty of other gems to explore, like Rancho Mirage.

Nicknamed the “Playground of the Presidents,” and the once-home to several entertainment greats, a place with this kind of stature must be pretty impressive — and it is. If you only have a day to explore and you’re on a tight budget, you can still make the most out of your Rancho Mirage adventure.

Cancer Survivors Park at Rancho Mirage CA., July 27, 2021.

Activity one: Take an early morning stroll

If you want to enjoy the natural beauty around you in Rancho Mirage in the middle of summer, you’ll have to get out the door fairly early. Don’t get us wrong, it’ll still be warmer than what you probably would want, but at least you’ll be shielded from the harsh afternoon heat.

We suggest a relaxing stroll through the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, which features a pyramid kiosk, tiled benches, ponds, a hillside waterfall and sculptures. It’s a peaceful area that reminds people of the joys of life and hopefully gives strength to all who pass through it. Bring a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a book with you, and you’ll have quite the relaxing start to your day.

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A tour gets a look a the telescope at the Rancho Mirage Observatory, Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Activity two: Look to the sky at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

If those incredible images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sparked a love of space (and possibly a fear of the vastness out there), you’re not alone. Learning about the galaxies around us might make your head spin a little, but the friendly folks at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory are here to help.

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