Starry night over Yosemite Valley.
Observe and learn about the brilliant night's sky over Yosemite with this program.
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No Shortage of Fun: 7 Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Starry Night Skies Over Yosemite

Many ranger-led programs are offered throughout Yosemite, but a unique experience awaits you in Starry Night Skies Over Yosemite. All ages are invited to embark on a nighttime adventure from Yosemite Valley as you observe and learn about constellations, galaxies and other celestial bodies visible from Yosemite National Park.

See the stars amid zero light pollution, taking in the majesty of the heavens as they’re meant to be seen. Offered in fall, winter and spring — for only $10 USD per person — the tour is an affordable add-on to family vacations of any budget.

Two trail horsesNo matter what your skill level you can explore the trails of Yosemite by horseback.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Horseback Riding

Equestrians of all levels will enjoy horseback riding on trails when they visit Yosemite. Three different companies operate out of the park, each providing a slightly different riding experience. The Mariposa Mountain Riders is a members-only club that organizes group rides and events throughout the year for those with their own horses.

If you’re just looking to go on a short two-hour jaunt, Big Trees Lodge Stable offers horseback riding in the summertime with morning and afternoon trips starting at $65 USD per person.

However, if you happen to be visiting during the winter, horse-drawn sleigh rides are also available from Yosemite Trails Saddle and Sleigh Company, where hot apple cider and a warm fire await you at the end of your ride.

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Rafts going down river with mountain in backgroundWhether you want a leisurely ride down the river or a thrilling adventure, rafting in Yosemite has something for you.Photo Credit: Getty Images

River Rafting

Raft rentals are available at various tour and activities kiosks around the park. Rentals are for two- or four-person rafts, which also includes paddles, life jackets and a shuttle ride down to the Merced River. At $29.50 USD per person for a three-mile trip, river rafting is a moderately priced activity for families to enjoy together.

More adventurous types may also enjoy whitewater rafting trips organized by a local tour company. Whether you’re an experienced rafter or a beginner, these half- or full-day group trips will challenge and excite you as you make your way down raging Class III and IV rapids.

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