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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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Happy isles

We took the shuttle out to Happy Isles on the advice of a Park Ranger we chatted to and it was well worth it. The nature centre is small but interesting and engaging for kids-my... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 27, 2016
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

We took the shuttle out to Happy Isles on the advice of a Park Ranger we chatted to and it was well worth it. The nature centre is small but interesting and engaging for kids-my boys (8&6) enjoyed the displays especially the film showing what bears could get up to! It was pretty quiet too which is unusual for Yosemite... More 

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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Enjoyed learning new things in this nature center with some interactive displays. Is just a short walk from the shuttle bus.

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

we hiked around happy isles trails looking for the American dipper but we didn't see one till we walked further along the merced river. At that point we got great looks at the bird diving into the rapids feeding underwater. real cool. the trail up to vernal fails is the most popular so there is no feeling of enjoyment on... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Very small museum but has great selection of books, postcards, etc. Walking around Happy Isles is very peaceful. Doesn't take too long.

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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2015

If you have already done everything in Yosemite, then you should go here. It's cute for young children and accessible for the infirm. You can see stuffed varieties of the living things you saw walking to the nature center. Have a blast ;).

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

The visit to the nature centre at the happy isles was helpful to understand the facts about Yosemite National Park. It is a must-do for overnight stayers.

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Redmond, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Our little ones (3 and younger) really enjoyed the museum at happy isles. There was also easy walking paths just outside and a creek we could sit and splash at, since it was a super hot day!

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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2015

Even my teen son loved looking at all the stuffed animals and watching the bear videos It was a nice cool break before we headed to Mirror Lake.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 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 bubbles 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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