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Address: Center of Curry Village Loop, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: +1 209 372 0200

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Older style center but very informative none the less

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 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.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The best way to get to the nature center is to take an enjoyable morning walk from Camp Curry to Happy Isles area. When you arrive there is the nature center to visit. The best time to visit the area is in the spring in a "non drought" year as sitting by the river or on rocks nearby makes for... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

Happy Isles was one our favorite stops in Yosemite. We went off the grid and got a spectacular view of the river and one of the falls. We stopped by the visitor center on the way back and found the exhibits very informative and well presented.

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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161 reviews 161 reviews
60 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This is a small center that requires only a brief hike and rewards with great views of the river. But the animal exhibit at Happy Isles is great. While we don't have kids, it is of a size and scale that offers everyone a great chance to view some of the park's inhabitants.

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Hemet, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Nature Center at Happy Isles is a great diversion especially for families with children. The hands on activities are wonderful. But, just outside the Nature Center is one of the most delightful places on the face of the earth. To walk the trails and bridges of Happy Isles is to commune with God and nature. A visit here will... More 

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Ireland
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103 reviews 103 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

For decades this spot within Yosemite Park has been one of my favorite places to relax, to cool my feet after a long hike, to experiment with watercolors, to wait peacefully for friends who have gone farther afield. Even after I have left the park and gone back to work in crowded SoCal, a mental return to this place can... More 

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Coarsegold, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

First time to this small but really well done nature center. Lots of information about the wildlife in Yosemite, the flood and rockslide in the valley. Small but excellent selection of books and maps.

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San Francisco, California
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26 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I've always found Happy Isles Nature Center to be inconvenient. I have to walk to it from the shuttle stop and it's not on the way to the Mist Trail. The exhibits presented is informative but after the huge rock slide in 1996, I'm always afraid a piece of rock would break off Glacier Point and plunge into the nature... More 

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New Hamburg, MO
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

If you are in Yosemite, you should stop in to this exhibit, it will be worth your trouble. And you should walk the trail up to see Vernal Falls, at least to the wooden bridge crossing.

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Boston, MA
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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

Somewhat out of the way, so there were very few people when we stopped in on 6/5, but some good exhibits and a great video!

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