Fun Things for Kids to Do Near Yosemite
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With so many nearby kid-friendly activities and attractions, Groveland, CA, is the ideal spot for your next family vacation. Whether your family prefers exploring gold mining towns and horseback riding trails, or taking art classes and sitting in on story-time, opportunities for fun are endless! At Hotel Charlotte, we know all of the best things to do and places to see in the area, so let us help you plan the best family vacation ever!
Gold Panning in the Gold Country
Hotel Charlotte is right in the midst of the Gold Country so what better thing to do then to immerse yourself in the local history and see what made Tuolumne County the destination it is today. There are a few locations that provide a true experience of how it all came to be.
- Historic Columbia State Park. The Hidden Treasure shop was built in the mid 1800’s and was originally a bee keeper’s cabin located on Shaw’s Flat Road. The cabin was transported over 3 miles and relocated to Columbia State Historic Park in the 1900’s. www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com
- Jamestown, CA. It takes you down to a shady gold bearing creek bed and lets you try your luck just as they had in 1849! www.goldprospecting.com
- Jamestown, CA. California Gold Panning has exactly what you are looking for a full on gold mining experience!
These locations have guides that dress in period costumes. It is such a neat and fun learning experience for the whole family to partake in.
Horseback Riding at Pine Mountain Lake
Do you want to explore your Cowpoke side? Pine Mountain Lake offers year round guided trail rides. Children must be 8 years or older and at least 44 inches tall. Plan ahead because advanced reservations are required. Take the opportunity to explore what most don’t get to. You can go exploring for a quick one hour ride or get adventurous and do a guided river ride that goes for four to five hours. Also starting in June and going through August they offer a Little Wrangler Camp for children 7 to 13 years of age on every Tuesday and Thursday.www.pinemountainlake.com
Art Classes in Yosemite
In a place as beautiful as Yosemite, and scenery that seems to only expand in marvel with every corner turned, you could imagine the desire to capture its magnificence on paper. May we suggest this wonderful experience for you little guy or gal of all ages; Yosemite Conservancy has an artist-led class/workshop on Monday’s through Saturday’s starting in April and running through October in the park’s extraordinary Yosemite Valley. Have a peek at this website for more information. www.yosemiteconservancy.org/yosemite-art-center-schedule
Groveland, CA Library
Only steps away from the Hotel Charlotte, is the Groveland Library. It also shares the building with the Yosemite Gateway Museum. So after story time in the Library go explore the history of Groveland and surrounding areas at the museum and check out the gift shop.
Children’s Story Time
Fridays @ 10:30 a.m.
18990 Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321