A great roadside stop in Lee Vining. Grab some ice cream, a burger, some fries, a slushie, and/or a milk shake! The ice cream is typical soft-serve, but you can add flavor bursts, i.e. blue raspberry if you'd like. The food is not gourmet, but it's fresh and reminds me of old school Dairy Queen. There are benches out front, some seating inside, and a wonderful grassy back area under a tree. It's cash only, and is usually open when Tioga Pass is open.
The Museum of Fine Art is the biggest art museum I've ever been too. In fact it's one of the biggest art museums in the world! It is mind-blowing to see this much art in one place. The museum has several different wings, each with a different culture represented. We viewed art from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Egypt and more! The highlight was viewing several Monet paintings up close. They also had a few of Picasso's paintings.
Altogether there are nearly 500,000 pieces of art in this building. It is stunning to see it and if you want to see it and read all the information I'd say you probably would need more than one day since the hours stress from 10-5.
This is really a museum for adults and older children. We attempted to entertain a 2 and 4 year old here. The 4 year old did fine ad we asked him questions about what he saw our asked him to find something specific in a painting. The 2 year old couldn't get out of there fast enough!
There are a few places to buy food/snacks in the museum and tables to eat at. I noticed a nursing room in the building as well which I thought was very nice. The museum is well run and perfectly pristine. I would give it a 5 star rating for adults and 4 for children. The cost is pretty steep. $25 for adults and ages 7-17 is $10. Free for ages 6 and under. The good thing is if you buy a full price ticket, you can get in for free within a 10 days period to see more! Nice perk! Also, you can take pictures in the museum as long as your flash is off.
Overall, this is an amazing place to visit. It's almost overwhelming because there is so much to see. If you go, just plan on spending several hours and you will find many things to love.
I will never take my child here again. The first and last. The parents come here to sleep and go on their cell phones while their children push, shove, bully other kids. I am very disgusted with the parents and children who come here. My 2 year old daughter was pushed not once but twice by kids 3 times her age. PARENTS: How hard is it to teach your child not to put their hands on other children?!! My daughter is very sweet, kind, loving, and to be around aggressive children is very upsetting to me. Be a parent to your aggressive child and if they can't handle social interactions then do not bring them to places like this. The staff was helpful and intervened when needed. There needs to be more staff available at all times. There should also be rules for parents to watch their children, no sleeping. There should be no tolerance for kids who push and shove. Management along with the parents need to be more RESPONSIBLE.
We recently visited Wildwood Canyon State Park for a day hike with my two kids, 6 and 3. There were several well-marked trails around the park that took visitors through Oak trees and past ranches and homes from earlier times. We stuck to the Water Canyon Trail for our hike. It was most like a fire/ranch road, wide enough that we felt comfortable hiking when the snakes tend to be out. It was a gentle climb through the canyon. We went as far as the barn, about a mile in.
The trails were all multi-use: hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Even though we came during a holiday weekend, we only passed a few hiking groups during our visit. This seemed like a nice place for solitude.
I would like to come back and hike the ridgeline.
Tips: Portable bathrooms were available at the entrance. Along with water. I would suggest visitors come ready to go without needing amenities.
This location recently upgraded their projector, screen, and 3D glasses. The sound system is quite loud, and everything we've seen here has been phenomenally entertaining and educational. However, they do not have any 3D glasses to fit my youngest son, who is three years old. As a result, I have to help him hold them onto his head the entire time, so he loses interest quickly and skips the glasses, and either takes a nap or watches the entire thing blurry. This is a total waste of admission cost. My five year old can wear the glasses, but they are still a little too big. I can't understand why a family-oriented place wouldn't have smaller glasses, or at least adjustable ones. If you have a smaller-sized child, I would either skip this or leave the little one at home.