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“Toddler's 1st Snow Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grant Grove

Grant Grove
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Forests
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Snow-shoeing, Hiking, Camping
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Owner description: Inside Kings Canyon National Park is this grove of giant Sequoias.
Fresno, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Toddler's 1st Snow Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Ok parents- are you wanting to give your tot their first snow experience- and not take a long windy, vomit inducing drive? Then look no further- Grants Grove Visitor Center MEADOW! Yup, just across from the Visitor Center and behind the restaurant (who serves the BEST ONION RINGS ever), is this large, vast, meadow. A winter wonderland for tots (and parents). You can park right next to the meadow, bundle your tot up, grab the sled (yup, take a sled) and your camera. People have created small slopes to sled down, perfect for the little ones. My husband and my 2 year old got into a torpedo type sled (the basic ones you find at Walmart) and had a blast going up and down it. Nothing too dangerous about it...it was more of a slope than a "hill". When my tot got done trying to make snowballs we ventured into the Visitors Center to warm up (awesome place to check out) and then walked over to the restaurant and had lunch. I did write a review about the restaurant- good prices, good food (onion rings, I can't stress this enough). Most people were picnicking...with your car being right there- no problem. We only spent about 90 minutes in the snow, the rest was walking around, eating lunch, etc. Let's be real- a toddler can handle so much before naptime :) He then passed out snoring before we left the parking lot.

Visited February 2013
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Morris, IL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Exceptional and Unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

After a long day of traveling and numerous stops...one more to see General Grant. Loved the uniqueness of each tree and the history of them. It was a great way to end our visit to the parks.

Visited June 2012
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San Diego
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Suprised by food quality, a little high priced.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Ate several meals at the Grant Grove during a recent stay at John Muir Lodge and we were suprised that for the most part the food was actually pretty good. Service was good and the only negative was that prices were high.

Visited February 2013
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Tulare
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“weekend getaway”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Area is great...lots of history and museum. Weather is usually sunny..sometimes snow. We go several times a year as I have a friend who owns a cabin. Friendly area and convenient since I live only about an hour away. Everyone should experience Grant Grove.

Visited July 2012
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Fresno, California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
41 attraction reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Uncrowded hike near Grant Grove”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Grant Grove (sequoias) is a less-crowded alternative to Sequoia N.P. (which is a drive to the south). Even so, this short paved trail can also be crowded; and you are fenced away from most of the redwood trees (to protect root systems). Want a quiet hike? Want to touch a redwood? Walk to the end of the "bus parking lot" (past the two joined redwoods). Walk past the locked gate and follow the signs on the "North Loop" trail. You'll hike down a fern-dotted drainage and circle through shady forested areas; eventually back uphill to the beginning. The slopes are not severe, and the hike can be done in about an hour. Relax, and enjoy the big trees. Take water, as summer days can get warm. The best part is standing under these massive trees, and touching the yard-thick flaky bark. My daughter and I even saw a spotted owl on one hike here. I rarely see more than 3-4 people, and often nobody.

Visited August 2012
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