We just returned from a fantastic family vacation in Yosemite California! There are so many things to do in Yosemite with kids during the Summertime it is hard to narrow it down to a short list, but I have to tell you about the things we did during the 5 days we were there! Thank you to Yosemite guest services for sponsoring this post and providing us some opportunities so we could share them with you here!
The first thing we did once we were inside Yosemite was to go on the Valley Floor bus tour. It lasted about 2 hours and took us to some of the most beautiful sites in Yosemite. This is a great thing to do with kids because the bus was open and you could see everything from where you sat. They let you off about every 20 minutes or so to explore each stop for a while, walk around a bit and go to the bathroom (necessary with kids). We took the picture at the top of this post at one of our stops, it’s one of my favorites!
The next day we headed over to the incredible Ahwahnee Hotel’s dining room in Yosemite Park where we heard they had an amazing breakfast (and every other meal)! We enjoyed their buffet (kids LOVE buffets) and I ordered a plate that was in Bon Appetit’s Magazine rated A+, their Cinnamon Apple Flapjacks….Amazing! My kids were totally entertained the whole meal by the Wikki Stix the Ahwahnee Hotel staff gave them, such a fantastic idea and much better than traditional coloring pages.
After our fabulous breakfast at the Ahwahanee Hotel we headed down to Curry Village in Yosemite to pick up our raft and gear to go river rafting down the Merced River! This was the highlight of our trip for sure! Grandma and Grandpa were with us, so we had a few kids with us and one with them (we have 3 girls) as we floated down the river. It was very calm with just a handful of little dips along the way, perfect for little ones and very relaxing for Moms and Dads. We stopped several times along the way at small beaches, had lunch, swam in the river, and just had a fantastic time. It took about 3 hrs. and at the end a shuttle picked us up and took us back to our car. We would all highly recommend this!
We spent a lot of time exploring Yosemite, taking pictures and stopping along side the road at spots such as this one where the kids could get out and play or swim. We brought our beach chairs and lunches and just enjoyed the beautiful view as the kids had a blast in the water and amongst the rocks. Like I said, there are so many things to do in Yosemite with kids in the Summertime, but I hope we have you a few to consider once you’re there. Here are some more Free activities for your family to enjoy too.
There are lots of FREE things to do in Yosemite with kids too, here is a brief list!
Portions of this was a sponsored post though this in no way influenced our opinions of the activities we participated in nor the review as such. All opinions, and reviews are Temecula Qponer’s and completely and totally our own.