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16 Amazing Things To Do In Yosemite National Park With Kids

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Planning to visit Yosemite National Park and not sure what attractions to add to your itinerary? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve listed our top things to do in Yosemite National Park with kids, so you can make the most of this highlight in California.

We spent five days exploring the park and feel like we saw every nook and cranny in Yosemite. It’s a huge area and has so much to see and do, from rock climbing to hiking, to looking out for native wildlife.

We also know it can be overwhelming planning a trip there, since it’s so iconic and often it’s hard to find the right accommodation or make sure your staying on budget, so we’ve also shared our tips on where to stay, where to eat, and some tips for visiting.

So if you’re not sure what to do in Yosemite National Park, get your pad and pencil out, as you’re about to find out!

What Is Yosemite National Park Known For?

Can you imagine our joy after spending five months in the desert of the Southwest on our USA road trip, and then arriving into Yosemite Valley where water plunders down over sheer granite cliffs into one of the most famous valleys in the world?!

I don’t mean one or two waterfalls, I mean scores of them wailing their thundering tears.

So if your wondering what Yosemite is famous for – one thing, waterfalls!

You’ve probably never seen as many waterfalls, as well as granite walls, meadows and trees as you will in Yosemite National Park California. From giant sequoias to small wildflowers, its diversity is outstanding.

We were able to experience most of this diversity on our visit, choosing not to just focus all of our time in the valley!

girl looking at rushing river in yosemite

Yosemite Valley in the California sierras is the place to come to experience something different from the desert. It cleansed all the dry red dust out of my spirit and soul.

Things to Do in Yosemite National Park With Kids

1. Witness Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Valley

Bridalveil Falls spilling over high granite cliff face

Bridalveil Falls is opposite El Capitan, one of the most famous cliff faces in Yosemite NP.

Bridalveil was plummeting 360 feet when we arrived so we grabbed our yellow umbrella and raincoats and hit the forested trail to get to the bottom.

Streams were running everywhere and dogwood were in bloom.

It felt like the rain pelted down as we got to the bottom but it was the spray and mist from the falls saturating all of us. It was…

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