Cool fun before it gets too hot

January 19th, 2014 | by Amelia Hadley | Comments

winter-in-the-desertWhile much of the country was dealing with the “polar vortex,” desert folks were experiencing  temperatures in the 60s.

On a particularly brisk desert day I commented on Facebook that I was “freezing.” It was 66 degrees. A few friends from the Midwest and East Coast weren’t particularly interested in my opinion.  When August hits, and people in other states are complaining about sweltering temperatures in the 80s, I probably won’t be very sympathetic either.

With valley temperatures camped in the high 70s, and another cold snap slated to hit parts of the United States, it’s a great time to take advantage of our weather.

Dozens of parks and playgrounds pepper the Coachella Valley. Indio, Palm Desert and Desert Hot Springs have public swimming pools. Several local libraries have outdoor patio areas for reading and relaxing.

The Indio Municipal Golf Course and the First Tee of the Coachella Valley in Palm Desert are just two of the family-friendly, par-3 golf courses in the valley.

Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs offer hikes of varying length and difficulty. A family can easily spend a day exploring.

Walking, biking, swimming, golfing — there are so many things we can — and should — do outside with the kids while the weather allows.

Before we know it, it’ll be 110 degrees outside.


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