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Idyllwild Nature Center

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Address: 25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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+1 951-659-3850

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Beautiful place to introduce kids to Nature

Very friendly for small kids - but really wonderful for the adults, too. Short and easy walks take you to incredibly views. Really "purple mountain majesties". What a treat.

Reviewed 21 March 2017
david s
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Very friendly for small kids - but really wonderful for the adults, too. Short and easy walks take you to incredibly views. Really "purple mountain majesties". What a treat.

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

It has two nice hikes, one very easy for young children to walk, (without holding hands) . The other one is harder. Inside the building there are activities for the children to see and do. Lots of animals (stuffed) on display that are native to the area.

1 Thank MamaMia796
Orange, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We visited on a day when the exhibits were closed. Still got to hike around and enjoy the views and fresh air. There was a light snow on the ground which made things more holiday-like. Not very crowded so it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Definitely worth a visit and a must see if you're in... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

We wanted to hike around the Nature Center. The area around the center is certainly beautiful and easy to hike. Our only complaint was that we were there at 9:25 on a Sunday and the Center was still closed. It was supposed to be open at 9:00. It was open when we returned from our hike.

1 Thank riftia
Orange, California
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Center was closed on day after Thanksgiving. Easy trails. Takes awhile to figure out markings of trails. No permit needed on these trails

1 Thank NurseB11
San Diego, California
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111 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Nature Center has a variety of exhibits but the nicest part for us are the various trails throughout the park. The main trail goes by a group of bedrock mortars that is very interesting to see. The Park has beautiful views, uncultered scenery and a serene setting for you to enjoy a picnic and get away from the more crowded... More 

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Idyllwild, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Eat here. Bring your own lunch. Enjoy the truly genuine nature and beauty of Idyllwild. Forget Idyllwild downtown, so called. Nothing to do or see there. NOTHING. Cheap entry fee. Ample parking. Picnic tables. Wonderful views and trails. Again, FORGET CENTRAL DOWNTOWN IDYLLWILD.

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Reviewed 16 October 2016

You will be able to fine lots of organic foods friendly staff very helpful I specially love love the honey is local.

2 Thank Eva G
South Pasadena, California
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

My family and I have visited countless nature centers across the US, and this small center within walking (hiking) distance from our campsite is very much worth a visit. The information is very good, and there are fun interactive displays and a few young-child oriented games. There is also some programming available if you can schedule the time.

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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We visited Idyllwild Nature Center on Butterfly Daze. The volunteers/rangers were very helpful and had so much information about butterflies. We then walked the nature trail and enjoyed the blue sky and many different trees. I hope they get some rain soon.

1 Thank Alexandra T

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