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Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
Phone Number: +1 760-346-5694
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 13:30
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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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An excellent zoo

We thought this would be just another zoo but we had some time to kill so we thought we'd check it out. It was a pleasant surprise and we wished we had allowed more time. People... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Calgary
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We thought this would be just another zoo but we had some time to kill so we thought we'd check it out. It was a pleasant surprise and we wished we had allowed more time. People had suggested it could be done in a couple of hours however we wished we had gone earlier in the day so we could... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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125 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very nice zoo. Lots of long, long walks between displays but there is a trolley that can be booked. All the different lions, tigers, panthers, jaguars are interesting to see.

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Seattle, Washington
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261 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Couldn't really see the animals as we were there at night and it was extremely crowded, but fun to start the holiday season off walking around the living desert amidst the holiday lights!

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Reno, Nevada
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Day after Thanksgiving - Upon arrival, we discovered there was no more parking available in the parking lot. Following the cars ahead, we parked 2 1/2 blocks away from the entrance. A small flashlight would be advisable. The lines out front were confusing and there were no clear signs or directions to which line to stand in. However, once inside... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The cactus gardens were great. Some friends told us we probably wouldn't see many animals because they didn't see many when they went. The exact opposite turned out to be our experience. I think we saw every animal except the Coati. The animal enclosures were very clean with no foul odors. I opted to feed the giraffes. It cost $5... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really loved the Living Desert in Palm Springs. Was very interesting to see the different Desert environments and the animals living in the different areas. Not to be missed if you are in the Palm Springs area.

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Gold River, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did a behind the scenes tour with a cheetah, and then had a tour of the grounds. What a beautiful place to spend a few hours. They have done a fabulous job landscaping the grounds, and reminding you where you are, and what the desert climate is like. The animals are beautiful, and they look great. We enjoyed the... More 

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Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great place to learn about the plants and wildlife of the desert. I recommend going earlier in the day to avoid the hot temperatures.

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Santa Clarita, California
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We like this natural looking park. Petting area, giant train display, camel rides, and carousel good for little kids. Can get hot midday. New cheetah run cool. Feeding giraffes and the animal hospital talks also interesting. Limited food choices in back of the park...front entrance has decent food choices for zoo this size.

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The gardens are amazing with great examples of deserts from all over. It was a thrill to watch the cheetahs run. The animal enclosures are a bit dated, but the animals all looked healthy.

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