One Day in Yosemite with Kids Stop 1: Visitors’ Center + park video
One Day in Yosemite Stop 2: Cook’s Meadow Picnic, Merced River
One Day in Yosemite with Kids Stop 3: Lower Yosemite Falls Trail
One Day in Yosemite Stop 4: Choose Your Own Adventure
There are a number of other terrific hiking options when visiting Yosemite with kids. One favorite is Mirror Lake, which may be full early in the season if you’re lucky, or will be dry and fun to climb around later into the summer. If you have bikes, we love the ride down since much of the road is protected for pedestrians and bikes.
Another favorite hike is Sentinel Dome, which is about 2 miles round trip and gives you a 360 degree view, including Half Dome and El Capitan. It’s very doable with kids, and has a fun climb up a giant rock at the end. The drive from the Valley is about an hour.
If you’re not in the mood for a hike, you could head to Glacier Point, not far from the Sentinel Dome trailhead. It also provides a terrific view of the Valley, although not a 360 degree one.