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Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
Phone Number:
+1 760-346-5694
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09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert...

The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.

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US$ 19.95*
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Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
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US$ 169.00*
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The Living Desert is a great park near Palm Springs. The park feels large, but is very manageable because of the tram that runs throughout. You feel close to the animals, yet... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Davidsonville, Maryland, United States
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SurreyBC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many of the animals were inside or hidden in the shade I heard one gentleman in the animal hospital say"I have only seen two animals--and they were both stuffed! I think the admission price should include the train ride the butterfly tent giraffe feeding etc Overall I thought it was a bit of a rip off especially as most of... More 

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Davidsonville, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Living Desert is a great park near Palm Springs. The park feels large, but is very manageable because of the tram that runs throughout. You feel close to the animals, yet their enclosures seem spacious and natural. We also found the staff to be knowledgeable, friendly, and intent on ensuring all guests have an enjoyable visit. The only downside... More 

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Alameda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an outstanding zoo with great presentation. It also contains the largest model railroad I have ever seen. We bought a senior couples membership on our first visit for $99 that gives us priority entry at 7.00am before the public opening at nine and reciprocal privileges at major zoos across the country. We have gone three times in the... More 

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Birmingham, AL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While We typically do not visit zoos at our age while on vacation, we made an exception for The Living Desert. Close to our hotel and was a break from the pool and eating too much ! Very nice and personnel professional and friendly. Animals did not seem confined but had a wonderfully open environment. Didn't see the Cheetah but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for hiking. Animals are fantastic. A great place to take the family. There are many interesting exhibits of animals

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vernon, bc., canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed walking through the Africa section. The giraffe's were great. Many interesting species of cats and birds. Like most of this type of venue, the animal areas are large and it can be problematic seeing any animals if they are not out and about.

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Thank redsox
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely trails of all the beautiful flora you can expect to find here in the desert. if you have allergies it may be best to come when they are in a sleep state but to truly experience them in all their beauty you must go when everything is in full bloom

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here as a family and really enjoyed this zoo. My 8-yr and 2-yr old both loved. If you have a chance, do feed the giraffes, very entertaining (extra $5/person). The extra butterfly exhibit was probably not worthwhile (extra $4/person).

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La Verne, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I guess I was expecting more from this highly rated attraction - we spent a couple of hours here, I can't see much more than that. This is not a full zoo, nor is it a full botanical garden. It is clean and well maintained. Also, everything is an add-on to the main admission price, which seemed to me could... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of things to see and do. Cheetah Run very good. Nice hiking trails. Beautiful giraffe display compound.

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