A Guide to Taking a Toddler to Yosemite

One of my favorite family vacations when I was a kid was Yosemite. I wouldn’t really call myself outdoorsy – unless you count cracking open a bottle of Rose near the pool. But Yosemite is the exception to my non-outdoorsy rule. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and relaxing. I also don’t have cell phone service the whole time I’m there, which truly lets me unplug from work and focus on family time. David and I have gone to Yosemite many times together, but this last year was the first time we took our toddler, and we were amazing at how kid friendly it ended up being. Below, we’re sharing our guide to taking littles to Yosemite.

Things to do

Most of the iconic stops in Yosemite ended up being great for kids. A toddler couldn’t hike, obviously, but most of the stops included places where they can run around and take in the scenery.

-Yosemite Valley

-Tunnel View

-The Mariposa Grove

-Half Dome lookout

-The Ahwahnee Hotel

Where to stay

The Evergreen Lodge is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been staying there since I was a teenager, and it’s been around for over a hundred years. It’s charming – all of the accommodations are log cabins, but much. more luxurious than rustic. The lodge has great pool and hot tub facilities, as well as nightly campfires with s’mores. There’s a huge kids play room, and a common space with a roaring fire, and a ton of board games. You’ll be able to dine at their great restaurants, or pick up something quick from the general store to take to the valley.