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    • Pro 2014
      Sara Benson commented on this list

      When you get to the park, also check the free seasonal park newspaper for fun activities for kids that are led by rangers - wildlife talks, short walks and more. You can also buy a low-cost activity booklet from the visitor center in the valley that's filled with junior ranger activities for kids - after they complete the book, they'll get their own junior ranger badge, which is a fun souvenir. Stargazing after dark from Glacier Point is also a family-friendly and free activity.

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    • Nature Center at Happy IslesYosemite Village Loop, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
      Pro 2014
      Sara Benson recommended Nature Center at Happy Isles
      If you've got kids following you around Yosemite Valley, hands down the best place to keep them amused and maybe also teach them something about the outdoors is the Nature Center at Happy Isles. ... read more
      Younger kids will go bug-eyed at the stuffed wildlife mounts, while older kids can join a ranger-guided hike that explores the eco-system of the Yosemite Valley. Best of all, it's free!
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      Sara Benson

      This is a quick kid-friendly stop in Yosemite Valley, near hiking trailheads. The best place for kids to dip their toes is in the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, downstream where the water is calmest. Good hikes with kids include: Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees (southern end of the park - take the shuttle from Wawona); to waterfall viewpoints in Yosemite Valley (ex. Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall); and around Tuolumne Meadows in the park's cooler high country off Tioga Rd. Have fun!

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