World’s largest dinosaurs in Cabazon
Going to Palm Springs during the lockdown is ultimately the best decision for anyone who needs a little getaway staycation. Especially if you have children and you’ve been confined to the walls of your dwelling – a road trip is a perfect way to shake of the COVID melancholy. Our first destination – the world’s biggest dinosaurs in Cabazon.
Interestingly enough after going to Palm Springs for almost a decade we never bothered to stop by the dino-museum near the Desert Hills outlets. Now though we are ecstatic to go and sit in T-rex’s mouth on a weekend! Yay!
Seriously though, our son had an absolute blast walking from one dino to another at the exhibit and naming his favorite ankylosauruses and what-not-sauruses. The exhibit would probably be entertaining anough for kids ages 2-6. Well 6 might be a stretch but we did see partents with older kids and they seemed to enjoy climbing into the T-Rex bowels or checking out the shop inside the Argentinosaurus’ belly.
The Palm Springs dinosaurs experience was pretty fun, a bit pricy but a bit better than our last year’s visit to the Dinosaur Show at the Orange County Fairgrounds. At Cabazon you can ride tiny dinos at the gift shop. See some menacing carnivores and not less scary herbivores dispersed through the desert jungle on your way to main attraction: the Tyrannosaurus Rex experience!
Palm springs during covid.
Currently as of 7/11/2020 the hotels and resorts are open in Palm Springs and the nearby Palm Desert. You can reserve a room and spend a weekend burning in the scourging sun of 46C (roughly 115F) near the pool. The Jacuzzis are kinda closed but the pools seem to be a free game.
Note: We would not recommend driving to Joshua Tree National Park with kids during the hot summer month from May to September since of the potential heat stroke, dehydration and car issues in the middle of the desert for the fact that on any day the heat can reach up to 120F or 50C.
Many restaurants are open however with only outside seating available. Various hiking trails like the Indian Canyons are also open to the visitors with mask restrictions. Also the Living Desert zoo is currently open, however you might want to go early in the morning if you’d like to check out the purple tongue giraffes. Unfortuntely the Aerial tram is still closed. However, the Desert hills Premium Outlets and Cabazon outlets are open.
You can dine at the restaurants but only on the outside patios and the experience in this weather is simply not ideal.
All in all we enjoyed the world largest dinos at Cabazon much more than the Dino expo in Orange County at the fair grounds.