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Idyllwild Nature Center

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Address: 25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone Number: 951 659-3850
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Nice for the family

This was a nice place to take the family because of the nature center and the easy hikes. The ranger was interesting and friendly. She brought a king snake outside and educated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Anaheim, California
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Anaheim, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This was a nice place to take the family because of the nature center and the easy hikes. The ranger was interesting and friendly. She brought a king snake outside and educated the kids and let them touch it. Also nice for a picnic.

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Fullerton, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We still walked the perimeter despite it being closed and I was scared out of my wits! I kept thinking that a bear would come.....LOL I wish I would have stayed another day to see what was inside the Nature Center. Until next time....

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Carlsbad, CA
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156 reviews 156 reviews
32 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is well worth a trip by parents and children. Lots to see and trails to hike. Nice Nature museum and live animals like snakes, turtles etc. Need at least 1-2 hours to really enjoy.

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San Clemente, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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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86 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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23 helpful votes 23 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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