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Nature Center at Happy Isles

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Address: Center of Curry Village Loop, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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A Short, Serene Walk Near the Nature Center at Happy Isles

The Nature Center was closed when we were there in December but we really enjoyed walking the nearby short trail across the bridge. That morning the weather was perfect, sun... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

The Nature Center was closed when we were there in December but we really enjoyed walking the nearby short trail across the bridge. That morning the weather was perfect, sun started to shine glimmering the river which in some parts were frozen. It was so quiet and peaceful, no sound except for the flowing water and birds chipping. Nice photo... More 

Thank GabyVM
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We took the shuttle out to Happy Isles on the advice of a Park Ranger we chatted to and it was well worth it. The nature centre is small but interesting and engaging for kids-my boys (8&6) enjoyed the displays especially the film showing what bears could get up to! It was pretty quiet too which is unusual for Yosemite... More 

3 Thank HelenH1000
Greenfield, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

Enjoyed learning new things in this nature center with some interactive displays. Is just a short walk from the shuttle bus.

Thank Molly55
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

we hiked around happy isles trails looking for the American dipper but we didn't see one till we walked further along the merced river. At that point we got great looks at the bird diving into the rapids feeding underwater. real cool. the trail up to vernal fails is the most popular so there is no feeling of enjoyment on... More 

1 Thank bruce g
Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

Very small museum but has great selection of books, postcards, etc. Walking around Happy Isles is very peaceful. Doesn't take too long.

Thank CTW974
Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

If you have already done everything in Yosemite, then you should go here. It's cute for young children and accessible for the infirm. You can see stuffed varieties of the living things you saw walking to the nature center. Have a blast ;).

Thank AshleyLBC
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

The visit to the nature centre at the happy isles was helpful to understand the facts about Yosemite National Park. It is a must-do for overnight stayers.

Thank Aaqarsh
Redmond, Oregon
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Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

Our little ones (3 and younger) really enjoyed the museum at happy isles. There was also easy walking paths just outside and a creek we could sit and splash at, since it was a super hot day!

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Reviewed 1 June 2015

Even my teen son loved looking at all the stuffed animals and watching the bear videos It was a nice cool break before we headed to Mirror Lake.

Thank Nav1go
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 March 2015

We met a ranger here and did a short nature tour with a delightful young ranger who had the children enthralled. Really good fun.

Thank Australiafair2013

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