Take a quick tour of some of most popular Yosemite attractions, including amazing natural scenery.
Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
This visitor information center is located in Oakhurst just 1 minute from the Yosemite Southgate lodge and 11 miles from the South entrance to the park. Here you will find information about the U. S. Forest Service, hotels, restaurants, attractions and things to do in Yosemite. The US Forest Service employees at this center can issue permits for campfires and fuel wood as well as wilderness permits. In addition to the information, the center has several historical displays depicting the surrounding area. Complimentary coffee, tea and water are available.
The knowledgeable staff happily assists both tourists and locals with tips on hikes, restaurants, activities and so much more! The Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau shares the building with the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce and the US Forest Service so just about anything you may need can be found here.
Monday- Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop here to find out all you need to know about your visit to Yosemite.
Help you with the following:
- FREE Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau visitors guide
- Area brochures and restaurant menus
- Yosemite Park Ranger (seasonal)
- Local tips and favorite things to do
- FREE coffee, tea and water
- Road Conditions and weather forecasts
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
There is continuous upgrading and new exhibits are being built. Animals are well cared for and the grounds are kept up and clean. Although a zoo, Chaffee thinks it’s also an aquarium with its water exhibits, especially Sea Lion Cove. Don’t miss it.
Give yourself a few hours here if you want to see everything. Small children can quickly get tired, though, as there is lots of ground to cover and so much to see. Take time out and get a snack at the zoo cafe in the middle of the park. Everyone that works here is so kind and excited to be there and share info about the animals and the zoo. If you like ducks and geese you can feed a million of them in the grassy area across from the zoo entrance.
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is the crown jewel of Fresno, especially due to all the improvements and additions over the last several years. This zoo had a surprising variety of animals. A large amount of knowledgeable volunteers to talk about the different animals, and great exhibits like the reptile house and Sea Lion cove make this a terrific family outing.
Fresno’s zoo is smaller, but it’s not small. You can spend a day there without feeling like you’re missing anything, while still being entertained by a variety of animals and shows.
It already features zebras, kangaroos, Malaysian tigers, elephants, an anteater, a host of colorful birds, otters and a variety of other exhibits. There’s a “stingray bay” where you can touch stingrays for a modest extra fee, and there’s a petting zoo, too.
Roeding Regional Park
This is a beautiful park, Lush grass lawns, mature trees, winding roads with plenty of spaces and features to discover and explore. This is the park that has the zoo, Rotary Play land, and Story land. It’s a large, regional park that has been around for decades.
There are tennis courts, dance and roller skating pavilions, picnic areas, horseshoes, and even a dog park. Lots of parking and lots of area to walk.
Beautifully landscaped with cool blue lakes, huge groves of trees, rolling green lawns, and dotted by flower gardens, the park contains eight championship tennis courts, two dance pavilions, horseshoe pits, slides and playgrounds, and many picnic areas, complete with picnic tables, and barbecue pits.
The park is characterized by a sweeping lawn punctuated by informal groupings of mature specimen trees. The land is subtly contoured, shaped out of flat topography through extensive grading. A gently-curving thoroughfare bisects the park, with smaller, radiating secondary roads. Water features include a chain of lily ponds and Lake Washington, located in the southwestern corner of the park.
Roeding Park is a regional park covering 90 acres of trees, ponds and picnic areas. The park houses the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the Japanese War Memorial.
There are lots of attractions available in the location which also offers a variety of lodging options.