Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Located about an hour from Fresno, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park have many attractions, that get you outdoors and active. Some of the activities include hiking, fishing, and camping.
There are extensive hiking trails through the giant sequoia groves. The park also is home to the largest living tree on earth, the General Sherman Giant Sequoia, which stands 275 feet tall.
Crystal cave is a fun 50 minute guided tour through a marble cavern. This family-friendly excursion is a great way to learn about cave rock formations like stalagmites and stalactites.
Another fun activity in the park is the Junior Ranger Program. Children of any age can pick up a free booklet from any ranger station and partake in fun and educational activities that engage and grow their minds. When the booklet is completed and returned to the ranger station, the child is rewarded with a Junior Ranger badge. This is a fun way to get children outside and learning about national parks.
Yosemite National Park
Although Yosemite National park is a further drive (about 3 hours), its beautiful views make it worth the trip. Some of the activities available here include camping, biking, and hiking.
Rafting down the Merced River is a fun way to stay cool during the hot months, and if you are planning an overnight trip, the Yosemite campgrounds offer a fun camping experience. Also, the stargazing at Yosemite is pristine because there is little light pollution. This allows planets and contestations to be easily visible.
Half Dome's unique granite face makes it a distinct part of Yosemite. Half Dome trail is a 15-mile hike and is only recommended for experienced hikers.
Birdwatching in Yosemite valley is another way to spend a day outdoors. There are over 165 species of migrating birds that live in Yosemite Valley. Some of the birds you can see regularly are the Steller's Jay, American Robin, Acorn Woodpecker, Common Raven, and Mountain Chickadee.