By Jonathan Moreno
Nearing the end of the spring semester, students are looking forward to summer vacation. There are plenty of places to go and things to do out of the valley in the summer, but there are also many places students can go and things they can do locally in the summer.
The Palm Desert Aquatic Center located near COD at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive on the northeast corner of the Civic Center Park offers a great way to cool off in the summer heat, with three pools, slides and diving boards. Those who are looking for a good work out can swim laps, have fun at the pool or sun bathe. Time is inexpensive at $4 for Palm Desert adults and $6 for adult non-residents. Call the Palm Desert Aquatic Center at (760) 565-7467 or visit http://pdpool.com
Visiting museums is a nice way to spend a summer afternoon. Those who visit the Palm Springs Air Museum can view World War II aircrafts. The Air Museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail and it is an ideal place to learn the history of the aircrafts that played a role in the U.S. and the Allies’ victory against the Axis Powers. The Air Museum is host to one of the world’s largest collections of World War II era air crafts. Admission is $15 for adults, youth from 13 to 17 $13, children from 6 to 12 $8 and free admission for active duty military and families.
Another museum to visit this summer is the Palm Springs Art Museum. The 150,000 square foot museum has a vast collection of artwork from artists like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The 28 gallery museum includes a 433-seat theater and it is open Tuesdays – Sundays. Those planning to attend the Museum can take advantage of the free admission offered every Thursday from 4 – 8p.m. and every second Sunday of each month. It is located at 101 N. Museum Drive, Palm Springs. The Palm Springs Museum in Palm Desert located at 72567 California 111 opened its doors a couple of years ago.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, The Living Desert is an ideal place to hike and view the animals at the zoo and is located at 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert. The summer days begin June 1 to September 30 and the operating hours in the summer at the Living Desert are from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Admission is $17.50 for an adult and tickets can be purchased online at http:// livingdesert.org.
After a long semester, taking time to relax and enjoy a lazy summer day can be done right here at home in the desert.