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“Informative and especially cool during Halloween” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nature Center at Happy Isles

Nature Center at Happy Isles
Center of Curry Village Loop, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
+1 209 372 0200
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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San Francisco, California
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26 attraction reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
“Informative and especially cool during Halloween”
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 center.

However, we visited on Halloween and I've come around and decided to like the Nature Center on the basis of that visit alone. On that Saturday night before Halloween, it became a magical place. Glowing carved pumpkins lined the pathway to the nature center. Rangers told spooky stories. There was a night-time treasure hunt. My kids ABSOLUTELY LOVED it.

Hope the rangers continue the tradition this year. On most days -- I would skip it if I'm in a rush to hike. But the Halloween program is one of the best funnest kid activity at Yosemite.

Hope this is helpful. If it is, let me know. Thanks!

Visited November 2011
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New Hamburg, MO
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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“The history of this place is remarkable.”
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.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, MA
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Small, but informative”
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!

Visited June 2012
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Trabuco Canyon, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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“What a nice place to visit and explore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

My wife and I hiked the happy Isle trail and found the center to be very entertaining, we went in the spring and it was open and a nice place to chill out after the hike and learn about the wildlife in the area

Visited May 2012
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San Diego
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“Only open in summer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I felt like it is more for kids..but still good info.

Visited March 2012
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