Long known as a resort town for urbanites looking to get away from the stresses of city life for a weekend or two, Palmdale has a variety of golf courses and spa resorts. But there are other attractions to visit as well. Whether you want to immerse yourself in some local history, explore the natural habitat or have a high-flying, adrenaline-filled adventure, there is a place in Palmdale for you. So after you check into your Palmdale hotel, go out into town and check out some of the following attractions.

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark
This is an aerospace museum located just next to United States Air Force Plant 42, in Palmdale. Here you will find a variety of historic and new military airplanes on static display. You can bring the whole family and learn about the history of aerospace research in Palmdale and how advances made at Plant 42 have affected the world.

Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area
This is a popular and very large natural preserve situated about a mile from the San Andreas Fault. The Devil's Punchbowl is a giant, bowl-shaped indentation in the earth, and it is enclosed by 300-foot walls of rock. If you hike down the bowl for about a mile, you will get to a stream that runs along the bottom. Keep your eyes open for the various lizards, snakes and large birds that make the Punchbowl their home. Entrance to the preserve is free and it is open daily.

Dry Town Water Park
If you need a break for the summer heat next time you're in Palmdale, spend a day at the Dry Town Water Park. It has a lazy river ride, water slides and swimming pools, as well as a dining area for snacks. .

St. Andrew's Abbey
St. Andrew's Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located in 760 acres of natural springs and abundant plants. It has a ceramics studio as well, where monks make handmade tiles of saints and angels for visitors to buy. In the fall, St. Andrew's hosts its annual festival, complete with delicious food and musical entertainment (dancing monks and singing nuns). Admission to abbey is free.

Great Western Soaring School
At the Soaring School you can experience the thrill of flying over the San Gabriel Mountain pines and the San Andreas Fault on an engineless sailplane. An FAA-certified instructor will accompany you. Prices go from $96 to $176.

When you want a great place to stay when traveling in the Antelope Valley, check out the Palmdale hotels.