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Idyllwild Nature Center

Address: 25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone Number: 951 659-3850
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Idyllwild
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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San Clemente, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the Idyllwild Nature Center recently while on a two night mini vacation to Idyllwild. It was rainy and snowy the first two days that we were there, but the day we were leaving, it was a beautiful, sunny (but cold) day. We decided to hit the nature center before we left town and were glad we did. It... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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375 reviews 375 reviews
82 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is a county park. The $3 per person fee is also good for admission to any other Riverside County park (Hurkey Creek, for example) on the same day. The center has excellent displays and is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable people. For birders there are several reasons to come here. White-headed Woodpecker and Band-tailed Pigeons can be found here in... More 

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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We visited this Center and were very impressed with the knowledgeable Center staff who explained to us the delights of the San Jacinto mountains. There are some exhibits aimed only at children but we were fascinated with the stuffed exhibits of mountain lion, bear and Bob cat as well as many other smaller mammals and lots of birds. We then... More 

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great easy to moderate hiking. Nice displays in nature center. Good option for family outing. Fabulous viewpoints from many locations along the trails. Short drive from town center.

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San Diego, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Enjoy an excellent afternoon in the mountains and visit this wonderful nature center. It changes with the seasons and offers exhibits for all ages. Whet your appetite there for a walk on one of the many local trails or just relax and enjoy the sound of the wind in the trees. You will never forget having been to this nature... More 

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Poway, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

You're able to access a good variety of hiking trails, both easy and difficult. The only problem was that out on the trail there was a sign that had come out of the ground and had been propped up against a tree stump. The signs were pointing in the wrong direction, so some people had taken the wrong directions to... More 

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Los Angeles
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a great, beautiful place to hike. Especially, if you have little ones, you can choose how difficult you want the hike to be and the views are wonderful. I would highly recommend.

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Indio, California
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197 reviews 197 reviews
50 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went for the Monarch Butterfly exhibit and release. They were in a special tent and had a lot. The event was also selling Milkweed and had information on the Butterflies. All of the volunteers were knowledgeable. The visitors center was well done on had good exhibits. A nice place to visit and hike. Fee is $3.00 per person. Lots of... More 

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Grand Terrace, California, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We paid our 3 dollars at the gate and went in to look around the center building. While looking at the displays of stuffed local wildlife, in their former lives, and reading the display explanations we met one of the docents. As luck would have it he was extremely knowledgable. He was doing a training of one of the new... More 

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Hemet, CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

There are a variety of small live creatures to hold and behold. Staff was very forthcoming with information and interaction with the center. Pelts to touch, microscopes to view, and videos presented by decendents of the first people in the area. I think it's a great little museum and you could spend a good hour there if you took the... More 

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