Comfort Inn Yosemite Area
40489 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Phone: (559) 683-8282
Fax: (559) 658-7030
For more than 30 years, this volunteer theatre group has provided the community with old-fashioned family entertainment. The theatre produces melodramas from the 1700s and the Gold Rush era. The productions are interactive and encourage cheering for the hero—and booing the villain. In the past, the group has performed dramas with titles such as The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt and Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch. Tickets are $12 for adults; $6 for children under 12. Snacks, soft drinks and beer are available for $1-3. Call for this season's schedule of dramas.
Surrounded by beautiful and majestic Sequoias trees, the Nelder Grove is an enchanted copse explored by many adventure enthusiasts for its exciting hiking trails. These trails are quite easy and can be explored by following signs and plaques posted on its winding paths. Its clandestine location keeps the grove away from larger crowds, making it perfect for those who wish to interact with nature peacefully. The grove is accessible all year around and though it snows here during winters the trails are always smooth. A perfect spot to bring your family for a fun day out, Nelder Grove is Yosemite National Park's Sequoias heaven.
This train is a restoration of the narrow-gauge Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company Railroad. The four-mile track was rebuilt using original techniques, and it runs two vintage shay steam locomotives pulling a few passenger cars. You will hear the engine whistle, snort, blow and more. You will also be in the forest and get a good feel for what logging was probably like in the 19th century. The trains run on a variety of daily schedules from March through October.
Built in 1917, this 9-hole golf course was designed by Walter G. Fovarque. The par-35 course is 3,050 yards long, and the fairways pass between meadows. The trick is to keep your mind on your game because you may discover you are being watched by deer or distracted by the magnificent views. By all means, book your tee time in advance of your trip.
The Yosemite Zipline lets you enjoy an exhilarating experience on a total of seven zip lines, all in the ascending order of the adrenaline rush they promise. The two-hour long tour consists of eight visitors per group, all ready with their safety gears on. The first two lines that adventurers zip through are quite lenient and they let you enjoy the thrill of being at the mercy of gravity with picturesque views of the forest for company. The next two lines encourage a friendly race among two participants, while the fifth line gives you a target practice. The longest of all the lines is line 6 which promises breathtaking views of the city below and line 7 gives you a tour of a tree-covered tunnel. Albeit pricey, this is a great team building activity for groups as well as for families.
The artificially created lake, Millerton is located just about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) north of Central Fresno, in Friant. The man-made wonder is spread over 4,900 acres (2,000 hectares) and is home to a great range of flora and fauna. The place is open to general population almost the entire year, offering delightful family and group activities such as hiking, water-skiing, fishing, bird and animal spotting and much more. The lakeshore now includes attractions such as the historic County Courthouse, the Millerton Lake Marina and the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area.
For spectacular skiing fun head down to Badger Pass. Located within Yosemite Park, the ski area provides the perfect destination for both downhill and snowboarding activities. Featuring 22 miles (35 kilometers) of groomed cross-country track and 90 miles (144 kilometers) of marked trails, these snowy terrains are not just fun but breathtakingly beautiful. Equipment for cross-country skiing is also available for rent. There are also several ski schools situated on the slopes catering to both beginner and advanced skiers. Another highlight of this area is the Snowflake Room, a pub which gives its visitors a stunning view of the downhill runs and lifts. Seasonal passes range from USD69 to USD149. There are however several winter deals you can take advantage of.
Pete Devine, naturalist, will be your guide for this popular course in (and about) the diverse Yosemite Valley. The adventure includes lessons in astronomy, zoology, ecology, botany and geology, and is a great course for the entire family to experience together. Attendees participate in daily hikes (easy to moderate) of two to three miles; once in the field, nature lovers get a chance to explore insects, birds, trees, rocks and stars. It is recommended that you bring binoculars, a notebook and a hand lens. The $225 per person fee does not include meals or lodging.
These people have in-depth knowledge of the area and understand the needs of the people they guide. They offer a daily High Country Hike, a Rim Hike and a Sunset Hike. Birding, fly-fishing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing are among their specialties. Their trips range from walks for the beginner to advanced adventure trips for the experienced trekker. Trips run around $45-$200 per day, per person, and the staff is happy to set up special events customized for your group.