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The goal of going on vacation as a family is to have fun AND expand the things your children can experience. Does that mean it has to be boring? Absolutely not. Rather, make it fun and exciting. To help spark your imagination for your next trip, here’s four kids attractions in California High Sierra that you’ll ALL enjoy.

Go Climb A Mountain… Safely

Lake Tahoe Squaw Valley Via Ferrata
Image appears courtesy: Alpenglow Expeditions

What does every kid want to do? Climb a mountain! The ability to take in your surroundings from a high vantage point is invigorating. Release that need in a safe environment by heading to Tahoe Via Ferrata in Olympic Valley. Located just above The Village at Squaw Valley, you’ll get to scale the iconic rock face that towers above it with a guide. Italian for “iron road”, it’s a great way for beginners and kids to experience rock climbing for the 1st time within a safe environment. Using permanent steel anchors and cables, participants are safely attached to the rock throughout the entire experience as well as guided by professional mountain guides making it one of the best kids attractions in California High Sierra.

Walk Amongst Natural Giants

Giant Sequoia tree stump
Image appears courtesy: Visit Visalia

If the idea of walking high above in the forest canopy is a bit too much, you can still get that sense of wonder from the ground by heading to Sequoia National Park. Starting from the Giant Forest Museum, you have a number of trails to pick from. Each one gives you the opportunity to walk amongst the towering sequoias. The Big Trees Trail is the shortest at ¾ of a mile round trip and is flat making it the perfect stroll for any age. With your child’s imagination running “wild” after seeing such big trees, set aside time to visit ImagineU in Visalia. A hands-on museum filled with activities that will allow your child to “complete the picture” that they may remember just as much as the Sequoias.   

Strike It Rich As A “Tike” – oon

children gold panning kids attractions in California High Sierra
Photo by: Menka Belgal – Image appears courtesy: Visit Tuolumne

When it comes to the best kids attractions in California High Sierra, it’s all about hands on experiences. And there’s no activity better that combines learning about California’s history AND being hands on like gold panning. You can pan for gold in the region that the original 49’ers first discovered back in the mid 19th century at the Columbia State Historic Park.

Get Them Addicted To Mountain Biking


Let’s be honest… mountain biking in the mountains isn’t the easiest sport to get your kids into. There’s typically A LOT of climbing. Most likely there’s going to be massive boulders to roll over. Not really the best way to get them hooked on a new activity. Fortunately, on the south shore of Lake Tahoe is the Bijou Community Park Pump Track. Within the Bike Park section, you’ll find a well-maintained easy pump track that will introduce them to the FUN part of mountain biking. Easy rollers. Smooth dirt tracks. And big smiles at the end.

Make your good family vacation great by setting aside time to explore these kids attractions in California High Sierra. You’ll create lasting memories that your children will be talking about for years to come!

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at https://localfreshies.com



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