15 Best Things To Do in Cathedral City, California

by Ketki Hanamshet Updated on 15 Oct 2018

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Cathedral city is located in Riverside County in California and among the nine cities of Coachella Valley. The city is between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage with not more than 50,000 population. Locally known as the Cat city, it was first named as the Cathedral Canyon by Colonel Henry Washington because the rocks in the canyon formed almost a Cathedral. Cahuilla Indians were the first inhabitants and later developers named it Cathedral City. The place was home for many celebrities and sometimes retreats. This article aims to show you the best 15 best places to visit in Cathedral City.

Let's explore these15 best things to do in Cathedral City:

1. Take a retreat at Sunnylands

It’s a 200-acre area of fine historical construction which was started in 1963. The interior designer was William Haines and the house was designed by A. Quincy Jones. The place was a retreat for the former owners Walter & Leonore Annenberg. Now it is a historic site and retreat for many celebrities.   

2. Let your kids be curious at Children's Discovery Museum

The place is curious. Kids love the place. The place is an interactive hands-on experience for everyone. It creates a better understanding of how things work for children. They have travel exhibits, hands-on experience of applied science in day-to-day life. It encourages the children to cherish their natural curiosity and hunger for knowledge.  

3. Take a breath and feel the nature at Agua Caliente Indian Canyons

Situated in Palm Springs, this was a sacred place for Cahuilla Indians. Agua Caliente Canyons has historical importance and is a great attraction for the scientists and nature lovers. Visiting here can encourage you for a wildlife hiking and other recreational activities. 

4. Understand the culture of the desert at Fountain of Life

Designed by Jennifer Johnson, the fountain reflects nature and history of the desert. Surrounded by sculpture, three centre stone and the spiral design reflecting continuous birth creates a rejuvenating atmosphere. You will surely be enchanted by the symbolism and art of this landmark. 

5. Watch the fighters and bombers at Palm Springs Air Museum

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Among “Top 14 Air Museums” rated by CNN, this museum has bombers and fighters of world war II, Vietnam and Korea. The Flying Collection at the museum includes Bell P-63 Kingcobra, Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated PBY Catalina, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, Douglas B-26 Invader, Douglas C-47 Dakota, Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive bomber, General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, Grumman A-6 Intruder, Grumman C-1 Trader, Grumman F4F Wildcat, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Grumman F7F Tigercat, Grumman F8F Bearcat, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Grumman TBF Avenger, Grumman OA-13 Goose, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star Trainer, McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet, North American B-25 Mitchell, North American P-51 Mustang, North American T-6 Texan, Piper J-3 Cub, Republic P-47D-40RA Thunderbolt 45-49205 Big Chief, Ryan STM Sport, Supermarine Spitfire, Vought FG-1D Corsair 92629 S 301, Bell AH-1B Cobra Gunship, Convair F-102A Delta Dagger, Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, Republic F-105D Thunderchief, Bell UH-1B Huey Gunship, currently being restored. Static Display includes Flak 37 88 mm gun.

6. Take a book and sit at The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library

As the librarians usually say, “Silence!!!” Exactly this is what sometimes a traveller requires. Some solitude with oneself. The place is peaceful and has a kid zone, a small café, a computer room and a place where you can rent a DVD. In between the hustle and bustle of travelling, shopping and understanding where to visit and where to not, this place will give you a warm welcome to sit and relax. Send your kids to the kids section and take a book for yourself, order a coffee from the café, and spend some time for relaxation. You might find many intriguing things to keep your mind detached from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. 

7. Don’t fear, Cancer Survivors Park is here

N0, you taking it all wrong. This park is not a place where you would find cancer patients. This park is a message that cancer does not mean death in any way. It is the manifestation of faith that if someone has cancer, that person can also survive and have a normal life. The place is a tribute to those survivors living a regular life around the world. The park consists of fourteen plaques, a sculpture of eight life-size bronze figures passing through a maze, and last is “Road to recovery” consisting of seven plaques. The whole tour represents a person getting cancer and then his/her own attitude towards it, then his treatments and his recovery and lastly the happy after recovery. The whole idea is to remove fear and restore faith.   

8. Get wet and wild at Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs

If you want some fun in your travel this is the best place for it. Great food, awesome rides, events, and security. Kids fall in love with this place. You would find there Tidal Wave Tower, Pipeline Point, Gremmie Lagoon, Flowrider, Kahuna's Beach House(4-story family funhouse with slides and hose jets), Riptide Reef(800000 gallon wave pool), Pacific Spin, Sea Snake, Sunset Rivier(600 ft lazy river), and Surf Rider(60 ft. open raft ride)

9. Meet the Legend at Frank Sinatra Gravesite

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Mr. Francis Albert Sinatra 150 Million records seller worldwide, most influential singer of the 20th century, also an actor and producer, was born on 12th December 1915. He won the Academy Award for the movie From Here to Eternity. Mr. Sinatara died with his wife by his side on 14th May 1998. He is buried next to his parents at section B-8 of Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral city. A visit to this Legend’s grave is a must. 

10. Take a hike to Araby Trail and see Bob Hope’s House

Nineteen times Academy Award hosted, more than seventy short and feature films, nearly eighty years of Hollywood career, and the author of fourteen books, Yes!!! Bob Hopes. Leslie Townes Hope aka Bob Hope’s, Comedian, and Honorary Veteran of U.S. Armed Forces died on the 27th July 2003, but his estate at the Palm Springs stays a tourist attraction. You would find it on the way of hiking to Araby Trail. The place and the house has a great view of Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountains. The house of 23000 sq. ft. was sold for $50 Million after his death. People send postcards of Bob Hope’s house all over the country.

11. Play a league at Big League Dreams

The first Big League Dream Sports Park was built in Cathedral City by Rick and Jeff Odekirk, both former baseball players. They had a dream to construct a recreational center where the young adults can feel the passion of playing in the big leagues. Hence they built this sports park and now it has many BLD parks around the United States of America.  

12. God bless America and the soldiers, Patriot Park: a tribute

At the northeast corner of Date, Palm Drive and Dinah Shore Drive is Patriot Park. This being a normal park is a tribute to the soldiers who died serving their country. It has essential amenities and you should visit the park once when you are in the Cat city.  

13. Find a different dimension of fine arts in Leslie Jean Porter Gallery

A place where would find fine arts at its best. Here musicians, artists, painters and fine arts lovers gather and exhibit through Art, films, music, and sculptures the gorgeous prospect of fine arts. The modern painter Leslie Jean Porter, has created fabulous paintings and warmly welcomes every fine arts lover to her open space.  

14. Take a walk through the Palm Springs Walk of Stars

The Palm Spring Walk of stars is the walk of fame, honoring various famous people who lived in Palm Springs. The name includes five medals of honor, HM1 Robert E. Bush, US Navy; Maj. Gen. James Lewis Day, US Marine Corps; Capt. William McGonagle, US Navy; Col. Lewis Millett, US Army; Col. Mitchell Paige, US Marine Corps. The names also include former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, Ronald Reagan. There are Hollywood stars like Chris Alcaide, Richard Anderson, Vic Armstrong, William Asher, Lauren Bacall, Carroll Baker, Kaye Ballard, Malcolm Barbour, Rona Barrett, Gene Barry, Joyce Bulifant and Roger Perry, Ralph Bellamy, Roberto Benigni, Mr. Blackwell, Frank Bogert, Cliff Bole, Ray Bolger, Ernest Borgnine, Lynda Carter, Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Channing, Chevy Chase, The Chimp Cheeta, Linda Christian, George Hamilton, Richard Harrison, Bob Hope and many more.

15. Take a 360 view of Panorama Park

The largest park in Cathedral city great for family gathering. With amenities like tennis court, softball court, volleyball court, basketball court, and tot lot. It is 7.5 acres and at the intersection of Avenida Maravilla and Tachevah Drive. 

Cathedral city is full of surprises but very homely countryside. If you are planning a long vacation and want to get out from the daily hustle bustle of the city this is the best place. There is more greenery and scenic beauty at the Coachella Valley area but the city is managed by the authorities actively. The place is very safe, secure and people are helpful. Essential amenities are ample. A visit to this city is very much enjoyable.

Author: Ketki Hanamshet
Usually lost in a reverie, Ketki is someone who absolutely refuses to live in the practical world. While she has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, she should be honored mastery in procrastination. If you see her slouching on a couch, ask...

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    Ccbc Resort Hotel Image

    Address: 68300 Gay Resort Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234, USA

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    Mike Bodine

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    Desert Cinema Image

    Address: 68510 E Palm Canyon Dr

    Timings: 12:00 am - 01:00 am Details
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    James Kincaid

    A nice movie experience. Fantastically large screen, in general, 3D previews and introduction are better than the 3D effects in the movie.

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    Sammy's Place Image

    Address: 69034 E Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234, USA

    Timings: 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm Details
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    Suzanne Rosengarten

    Sammy's is a wonderful place to enjoy great Italian food and other options are available as well. From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted as if you are part of the family. I would highl...

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    Boomers Image

    Tags: Golf Course, Entertainment, Games

    Address: 67-700 E Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234, USA

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm Details

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    Revivals Resale Mart & Consignment Image

    Address: 68-401 CA-111, Cathedral City, CA 92234, USA

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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    Address: 28905 Avenida Maravilla

    Timings: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
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    Joline Albaugh

    The play ground equipment is in nice shape. All the young children we're having a great time.

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    Desert Shadows Rv Resort Image

    Address: 69801 Ramon Rd, Spc 500

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    Harry Dillon

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    Address: 68929 Perez Rd, Ste M

    Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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    Denise Beaumont

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    St Louis Catholic Church Image

    Address: 68633 C St

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 06:00 pm Details
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    Dolores Sone

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  • Kaufmann Desert House

    470 W Vista Chino

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Sunnylands Center & Gardens

    37977 Bob Hope Dr

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Marilyn Monroe's Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Steel Homes

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Lake Hemet Recreation Company

  • Lake Fulmor

  • Boat Ride

  • Lake Cahuilla/Coachella

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  • Scrap Gallery

    31855 Date Palm Dr

  • La Quinta Museum

    77885 Calle Montezuma

  • Cabot's Pueblo Museum

    67616 Desert View Ave

  • Palm Springs Art Museum

    72567 Highway 111

  • Coachella Valley History Museum

    82616 Miles Ave

  • Idyllwild Area Historical Society

    54470 N Circle Dr

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  • The Ice Garden

    68307 E Palm Canyon Dr

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs

    1500 S Gene Autry Trl

    Amusement Parks
  • Oasis Water Park

    1500 S Gene Autry Trl

    Amusement Parks
  • Knott's Soak City Water Park

    1500 S Gene Autry Trl

    Amusement Parks
  • Uprising Rock Climbing Center

    1500 S Gene Autry Trl

    Amusement Parks
  • Town Hall Recreation

    25925 Cedar St

    Amusement Parks
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  • Studio One 11

    67555 E Palm Canyon Dr

  • Hair Of The Dog Saloon

    238 N Palm Canyon Dr

    Bars Restaurants
  • Cactus Jacks Bar & Grill

    74450 Highway 111

    Bars American Mexican
  • Neil's Lounge

    80956 US Highway 111

    Bars Mexican
  • Islands

    72353 Highway 111

    American Burgers Bars
  • Tack Room Tavern

    81800 Avenue 51

    American Bars
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  • Augustine Casino

    84001 Avenue

    Casinos and Gaming American
  • Spotlight 29 Casino

    46200 Harrison Pl

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Agua Caliente Band Of Indians

    5401 Dinah Shore Dr

    Casinos and Gaming Hotels and Motels
  • Augustine Casino

    84-001 54th Ave

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Desert Oasis Indian Casino

    84245 Indio Springs Dr

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Indio Bingo Palace & Casino

    84245 Indio Springs Dr

    Casinos and Gaming Restaurants
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  • Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge

    29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd

    Natural Parks
  • Joshua Tree National Park Association

    555 S Sunrise Way

    Natural Parks
  • Idyllwild - San Bernadino National Park

    Natural Parks
  • Coachella Valley Desert

    Monterey Ave

    Natural Parks
  • South Ridge Trail

    Natural Parks
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  • Cathedral City Dog Park

    68752 Buddy Rogers Ave

    Dog Parks
  • Civic Center Park

    73510 Fred Waring Dr

    Playgrounds Dog Parks
  • University Dog Park

    74960 Gerald Ford Dr

    Dog Parks
  • La Quinta Dog Park

    44950 Seeley Dr

    Dog Parks
  • Palm Springs Dog Park

    222 N Civic Dr

    Dog Parks
  • Mulligan Dog Park

    45355 Van Buren St

    Dog Parks
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  • Santa Monica Beach

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  • Cathedral City Cove Wash

  • Bump and Grind Trail

    Painters Path

  • Bighorn Overlook Trail

    69825 Highway 111

  • Andreas Canyon

  • Frank Bogert Trailhead

  • Deer Springs Trail & Suicide Rock

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