Top 19 Things To Do In Rancho Mirage, California

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Rancho Mirage in California takes the crown of being the luxurious destination in all of Palm Springs Valley. This city is spread across the desert land between Santa Rosa Mountains to the south and the snow-capped mountains of San Jacinto towards the west. Popularly known for being a traveler’s must-visit destination, Rancho Mirage is also popular for its rich heritage, culture, and history along with the world-famous health facilities, unique gated communities, and luxurious lifestyle, and more. Rancho Mirage has a lot to offer to all kinds of visitors. In order to be fully prepared for your upcoming vacation, an itinerary is much needed! And to help you with that, we’ve compiled a guide with a list of things to do in Rancho Mirage, California.

1. Witness a good live show at Rancho Mirage Community Park

Posted by Noel Chicas on Sunday, 10 March 2019

Rancho Mirage Community Park is a large park that’s clean and well-maintained with beautiful walking paths, tennis courts, exercise equipment, grassy areas, barbecue areas, basketball courts, and children’s playground. But the best part about this park is the beautiful amphitheater! You can witness some live music shows, movies, plays, or other events that are held, which are open to the public. Now who wouldn’t want to experience watching a live show under the sky? This park will keep making you coming back more than once.

Rancho Mirage Community Park

Address: 71560 San Jacinto Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Rancho Mirage Community Park

Opening hours: 6:30am - 8pm (daily)

Price: From 5 USD

2. Explore Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Sunnylands Center & Gardens will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Tours, walks, and other public...

Posted by Sunnylands on Tuesday, 20 November 2018

What was once a winter residence to Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg has been turned into Sunnylands Center & Gardens. This historic mid-century modern estate is filled with a rich culture and history that visitors can learn about once there and is also surrounded by 9 acres (392,040 sq. feet) of gardens, planted with over 70,000 arid-resistant plants and trees. The visitors can also enjoy free public programs, guided garden walks, exhibitions, and a selection of 20th-century sculpture from the Sunnylands collection, films, and multi-media kiosks. If you want to take a break from all the walking, you can visit the café within the center and grab light snacks, lunches, coffee, or tea.

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Address: 37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 8:30am - 4pm (closed on Mon - Wed)

Price: Free of cost

3. Watch a show at Century Theatres at The River and XD

Posted by Cinemark on Friday, 31 May 2019

How about catching some movie time at the big screen? If you are looking for a theater that is clean, extremely comfortable, and well-equipped with latest technology, then Century Theatres and XD is your go-to place to get that high-end movie watching experience. You can also come early before the show time and grab lunch or dinner along with desserts at one of the restaurants around.

Century Theatres at The River and XD

Address: 71800 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Website: Century Theatres at The River and XD

Opening hours: 11:30am - 10:30pm (daily)

Price: From 9 USD

4. Have a fun day at Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

Posted by Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert on Thursday, 7 June 2018

Take your kids and have an awesome family day out at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. This museum evokes curiosity and self-expression in kids through inventive and interactive exhibits such as, a rope maze, rock climbing, gravity ball fall, loom weaving, and more. Your kids can also test their creativity and paint a real Volkswagen at “Paint the Volkswagen”, and can indulge in innovative exhibits like “Grandma’s Attic” of costumes, a play pizza parlor, and grocery store, to keep your kids on their toes. If you or your kids need a break, you can head to the outdoors where the picnic areas are available to relax and have some family fun.

Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

Address: 71701 Gerald Ford Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm

Price: From 7 USD

5. Look at the night sky and beyond at Rancho Mirage Observatory

Posted by Fritz DeForge on Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Ever wondered what’s out there in the universe? How about inspecting celestial objects, stars, and more? Gone are the days when you’ve had to wonder what’s up there while looking at the night sky. The Rancho Mirage Observatory is a great place for everyone to enjoy and to explore some literal out-of-the-world things. Located in Greater Palm Springs, this research-level facility has 5 different telescopes and the main telescope is inside the 360-degree dome, while the four others are places on the deck. The main telescope can go up to 50 million light years away giving you the brightest and most magnified view of the skies. You also get to witness some magnificent milky way that is 24 million light years away and planetary nebula, clusters of stars, other galaxies, and other planets.

Rancho Mirage Observatory

Address: 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270

Website: Rancho Mirage Observatory

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 9am - 6pm; Wed: 9am - 8pm; Thu - Sat: 9am - 6pm (closed on Sun)

Price: Free of cost

6. Test your luck gambling at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa

Agua Caliente Resort Casino
Source: Photo by Flickr user Greg Gjerdingen used under CC BY 2.0

Want to test your luck and earn some cash for fun? Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, luxurious, four-diamond destination is the place to be! This 16-story beautiful resort has a wildly renowned spot that most people love going to, and that is the casino. You can gamble their all night long or enjoy a fun game or two and test your luck or fate by winning some and losing some. If gambling has taken out all your energy, then you can even hit the pool or a cabana and enjoy a much-needed spa.

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa

Address: 32-250 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: From 135 USD

7. Take a tour at the Brandini Toffee Factory

Our toffee popcorn is all hand-packed, 1 scoop at a time.

Posted by Brandini Toffee on Wednesday, 30 August 2017

When you are in the Palm Springs Area, your trip isn’t over until you have taken a tour of Brandini Toffee Factory. You can witness the toffee making art, get yourself a handcrafted toffee milkshake, take a tour of the toffee factory, see how the toffee popcorn is made, and much more. Brandini Toffee is enjoyed by toffee connoisseurs and sweets lovers all over the globe.

Brandini Toffee Factory

Address: 42250 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Brandini Toffee Factory

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 4pm

Price: From 8 USD

8. Have a day out with your doggy at Rancho Mirage Dog Park

Posted by Rancho Mirage Dog Park on Thursday, 9 May 2019

This 4.5-acre (196,020 sq. feet) park is a haven and good news to all the dogs and the dog parents out there! Rancho Mirage Dog Park features two separate areas for large and small dogs and is fenced with double blocking gates so that your naughty pooches don’t trouble you more by escaping. It also boasts a lighted perimeter walkway along that allows pet owners to get their hearts pumping by walking for around four laps. And to quench your and your pets thirst after exercise and playtime, you can drink water from the water fountains.

Rancho Mirage Dog Park

Address: Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Rancho Mirage Dog Park

Opening hours: 6am - 9pm (daily)

Price: Free of cost

9. Stargaze from the lands of Palm Springs Valley

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky when visiting the Coachella Valley. #skywatcher #visitpalmsprings

Posted by Sky Watcher Stargazing Tours on Wednesday, 3 August 2016

How about going into another dimension or a world, while staying on earth? Wondered what’s out there in the universe or how many meteor showers happen on Saturn rings? Well, now you get your answers! Get ready to go on a blissful, knowledgeable journey through the cosmos; listen to the stories written in the stars that are shared over the course of human life. You don’t have to go to a beach or any other open land to stargaze when you get to that right here—through a tranquil desert and the stars. No clouds, no pollution, no disturbance. Through state-of-the-art telescopes, you’ll witness the night sky and the marvel it stores away from the naked eye. You also get to hear fascinating stories, legends, and myths behind each constellation, combining breathtaking views and awe-inspiring astronomy with the heroes, lovers, and tragic figures from cultures around the world.

Sky Watcher

Address: Palm Springs, CA

Website: Sky Watcher tours

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 2pm

Price: From 99 USD

10. Reflect on life at Bloch Cancer Survivors Park


Need a real place to reflect? The Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park is your answer! Located on the southeast side of City Hall at Frank Sinatra Drive and Highway 111, this beautiful 1-acre (43.560 sq. feet) park is an oasis in itself that features pyramid kiosk, tiled benches, ponds, hillside waterfall, and sculptures. This is a sanctuary of thoughtfulness, memory, reflection, and honor and was designed as a celebration of life and to encourage current cancer patients to have the will to fight.

Bloch Cancer Survivors Park

Address: 69801 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-2836

Website: Bloch Cancer Survivors Park

Opening hours: 5am - 12am (daily)

Price: Free of cost

11. Take a walk at the Blixseth Mountain Park

Posted by Eny Polanco on Monday, 18 February 2019

Want to get close to the nature? Then Blixseth Mountain Park should be on your must-visit list. The mountain park features beautiful walking paths and trails for you to unwind, relax, and take in all the natural beauty the park offers, native desert landscaping, and benches for observing the desert and mountain vistas. This is one place where you get the quiet solitude and tranquility you were on the lookout for, which you would not necessarily get in the other parks.

Blixseth Mountain Park

Address: Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Blixseth Mountain Park

Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free of cost

12. Learn new things at Tolerance Education Center

La Familia High students glad to have a break after listening to the distressing story of Holocaust Survivor Bernard Offen.

Posted by Tolerance Education Center on Tuesday, 16 April 2019

If you want to witness and do something different, Tolerance Education Center is sure to perk up your pupils. This museum is great if you are keen to spend a family’s day out learning about the culture and history of Rancho Mirage with eye-catching artwork. This kid-friendly museum is mission-focused in promoting tolerance, civility, respect, and understanding by the elimination of atrocities, hatred, and bigotry.

Tolerance Education Center

Address: 35147 Landy Ln, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Tolerance Education Center

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 4pm; Sun: 9am -3pm; (closed on Sat)

Price: From 10 USD

13. Play a fun game of Escape Games at The River

Posted by Escape Games at The River on Saturday, 13 October 2018

You are never too old to play a fun and exciting game session of the escape room. So why not head on out with your family, friends, co-workers, or your date even and play a real life adventure game? Huddle up and work together to find clues, locate hidden objects, and solve easy to complex puzzles to literally escape the room. All you need to do is think on your feet because you just have 60 minutes to escape. Are you up for this fun challenge?

Escape Games

Address: 71800 CA-111 suite a-210, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Escape Games

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 1:30pm - 9:30pm; Fri: 1:30pm - 10:30pm; Sat:12pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 9:30pm

Price: From 32 USD

14. Spend a peaceful time at Saint Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of the Desert


Peace of mind is a real thing. When you’re looking to get some of that, and in much need to clear your thoughts and conscience, head to Saint Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church and spend time wishful thinking with the almighty. When you are done praying, you can walk the grounds of this church and explore the magnificent beauty there is on the desert. Explore the Armenian architectural style of the church and soak in all the peace and tranquility the church exudes. And if you are not into the whole praying system, you can still come and witness the charm of the Armenian beauty.

Saint Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of the Desert

Address: 38905 Monterey Ave, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Saint Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of the Desert

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free of cost

15. Unwind at Wolfson Park


Take a breath of fresh air at Michael S. Wolfson Park located near DaVall and Frank Sinatra Drives. Go for a nice, long walk with your date or a loved one, enjoy some family time as your kids run around the beautiful park, or take some time off to spend with yourself as you walk around the park–Michael S. Wolfson Park doesn’t fail to disappoint. As you wander around the park, you’ll notice the park features: splendid fountain, decorative lighting fixtures, benches, a Braille-marked trail, and a fragrance garden. And when you enter, you get a recorded “welcome” from Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra, who lived nearby.

Wolfson Park

Address: Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA

Website: Wolfson Park

Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free of cost

16. Get a bite and a drink at Bernie's Lounge and Supper Club

Our entrée recommendation for this weekend is the Prime Rib at Bernie's Lounge and Supper Club! #yum #delish #RanchoMirage

Posted by Dine Rancho Mirage on Friday, 10 February 2017

When you want to head on out to the city and enjoy an evening of fine-dining and amazing drinks, Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club is where you must head to! Get to indulge in bar bites from America’s finest fish & chips, garden salad, to smoked BBQ ribs, and a steak sandwich, and also from the dining menu ranging from bone marrow, shrimp cocktail, to meatloaf and scallops, all while enjoying a good live entertainment session. If that wasn’t drooling enough, you also get to enjoy happy hour all night long!

Bernie's Lounge and Supper Club

Address: 69830 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 4pm - 11pm (closed on Mon)

17. Seek tranquility at Michael S Wolfson Park


Take a breath of fresh air at Michael S. Wolfson Park located near DaVall and Frank Sinatra Drives. Go for a nice, long walk with your date or a loved one, enjoy some family time as your kids run around the beautiful park, or take some time off to spend with yourself as you walk around the park, Michael S. Wolfson Park doesn’t fail to disappoint. As you wander around the park, you’ll notice the park features splendid fountain, decorative lighting fixtures, benches, a Braille-marked trail, and a fragrance garden. And when you enter, you get a recorded “welcome” from Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra, who lived nearby.

Michael S Wolfson Park

Address: Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA

Website: Michael S Wolfson Park

Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free of cost

18. Enjoy a game and a beer at Yard House

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Are you a football fanatic or just a lover of sports? A visit to the Yard House is a must! With multiple TVs placed around the bar, you can watch your sport of choice at ease while sipping on some amazing selection of beers. And to complement the beers, you could try out their famous, delicious hamburgers, sandwiches, steak, chicken wings, and more; there’s plenty of options to get your taste buds to experiment. There’s also indoor and outdoor seating and a bar seating available here.

Yard House

Address: 71800 CA-111 Space B-101, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: Yard House

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 1am

19. Indulge in deliciousness at The Old Spaghetti Factory

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


No need to rush to Italy to dig in on some spaghetti. All you need to visit the Old Spaghetti factory and taste the best of Italy in Rancho Mirage, California. Because nothing screams Italian food like a big bowl of spaghetti. This beautiful restaurant should be on your must-try place as you wouldn’t just be eating great food, but you’d also be reading the history and restoration of the building. Once there, you can try out delicious ravioli, fettuccine, salads, spumoni, and more. If that wasn’t all, the friendly service of the restaurant is a bonus.

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Address: 71-743 CA-111 ste a, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

Website: The Old Spaghetti Factory

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 9:30pm

Relax and enjoy everything Rancho Mirage has to offer

Rancho Mirage CA
Source: Photo by user Patrick Pelster used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Whether you’re looking for fun things to do with your family or something that pleases your curious mind, there’s a lot Rancho Mirage offers that are beyond natural landscapes, deserts, and luxurious facilities. Be sure to keep this list in mind on your next visit and have a splendid time.

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Born in Mumbai and brought up in Bangalore, India, Aarti is a full-time freelance writer by profession. She is a lover of everything the ‘blue dot’ offers—world cultures, off-the-beaten tracks,...Read more

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