Palm Springs is famous for its desert climate, so it’s no surprise that palm trees and their fruit-bearing cousin, date palms, grow so well here. Dates are some of Palm Springs’ top exports, and there’s no better place to see the best of Palm Springs’ most renowned local produce than at Shields Date Garden. Read on below to learn more about this must-see attraction!
At the Shields Date Garden in Palm Springs, there are three attractions built into one: the grounds, the café, and the store.
The grounds at Shields Date Garden feature a combination of swaying date palm trees, winding paths, and gorgeous sculptures relocated from a biblical garden in Vancouver, Canada. Here, you can take a stroll through the gardens while gazing upon the iconic palm trees and the masterful art pieces that the Shields Date Garden showcases. Beyond the beautiful date palms, the garden includes twenty-three statues and fourteen scenes that put the life of Jesus Christ into a chronological perspective. You can also listen to an audio narration on your phone by visiting the garden’s mobile website. The path through the grounds, also known as The Walk, is open from 7:30am to 4:00pm.
When you’ve worked up an appetite from touring the garden grounds, you can head over to the Shields Date Garden café for breakfast or lunch from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Here, you can enjoy delicious omelettes, classic Mexican dishes, and decadent takes on American fare done incredibly well. Don’t leave without trying one of their famous date shakes!
Finally, you can visit the Store and the Garden Center to search for a unique souvenir that will remind you of your time in Palm Springs, or a gift for someone back home. The Store sells locally-grown food items and sweets made from fresh ingredients, as well as traditional gifts like toys and novelty items. The Garden Center, meanwhile, carries home and garden goods. The Garden Center is open from 9:00am to 3:30pm, while the store is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Shields Date Garden operates daily, with the exception of closing for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and for two to three weeks in August for maintenance. You’ll find the garden in the nearby city of Indio, at 80225 US Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201. You can reach the facility by phone at (800) 414-2555, or by email at email@example.com.
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