The Visalia View

Tips and for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Americans are hitting the road and visiting national parks in record numbers.  Visitation is up 15% at Sequoia National Park and all indicators point to a very busy summer.

These are some tips from the parks to reduce wait time at the entrance stations.  The park will be operating four in-bound lanes to issue entrance permits and provide park information and maps. They have hired additional rangers to greet visitors and provide information about parking and shuttles. The rangers can help with questions about parking, restrooms, and general way finding.

Arrive Early

It helps to arrive earlier in the day as the crunch period is 10am to 3pm daily.  Plan your trip using information available on ( that will help improve your experience.

Buy Entrance Fee or Pass in Advance

Download the app and buy your entrance fee or annual park pass before arrival. This app by our authorized partner, Viply, lets you buy passes to these parks if you have an iPhone 4S (or newer) or tablet. Watch for the android version of this app coming soon.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are national treasures and we welcome all people to experience their beauty and diversity.  Thank you for your support and assistance in helping promote a safe and enjoyable experience.

Stay cool and have fun in June!

June offers many FREE activities in the area that include ways to stay cool while having fun exploring all our area has to offer. Sequoia and Kings National Parks are FREE to all on Saturday June 18th to celebrate the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers who were early caretakers of the parks.

Stay cool on the valley floor with FREE outdoor activities including “Dive-in Movies” at Mt.Whitney high school on 900 S Conyer St, Visalia, CA 93277 which includes 2 hours of swimming with an outdoor film following at dusk.

Dates and Movie Schedule:

“Inside Out!” – Saturday June 11

“Jurassic World” – Saturday June 18

“Minions” – Saturday June 25

FREE Movies in the Park are back for the Summer 2016 season. Taking place in Riverway Sports Park at the Special Events Promenade 3611 N Dinuba Blvd, Visalia, CA 93291. Films are shown on a giant, inflatable movie screen at dusk.  7:45 to 10:00 pm

Dates and Movie Schedule:

“Inside Out!” – Friday, June 10th

“Jurassic World” – Friday, June 17th

“Minions” – Friday, June 24th

Don’t miss a chance to sample the wonderful produce from our area at our local farmers markets. Downtown Farmers Market takes place every Thursday at 5pm on the corners of Church and Main St. The Saturday Farmers Market is from 8am to 11:30 am on Mooney and Caldwell in the Sears parking lot.

June BUZZ 2016

The return of the Rawhide and Crystal Cave and much more signal the start of Summer!

Saturday May 14th marks the re-opening of Crystal Cave for the Summer season. Tickets are now available online at and are required as tours of this majestic cave will often sell out on weekends and busy days.

The Downtown Expo will take place on Friday May 20th and will feature cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, live music and more from 5pm to 11pm in Downtown Visalia. Tickets are available by calling (559) 732-7737 and $10 and free for children 12 and under.

The Visalia Rawhide, Visalia’s AAA baseball team make a return for the Summer and feature many ongoing promotions for all home games such as Thirsty Thursdays and Firework Fridays. An excellent outing for the entire family.

As always you can sample the best fruits, vegetables, and food from our county at the Visalia Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays at 5pm on Church and Main St in Downtown Visalia and Saturday mornings 8-11:30 am at the Sears parking lot on S Mooney Blvd and W Caldwell Ave.

May 2016 BUZZ

Spring is here!

Spring is a wonderful time here in Visalia and there is plenty to do! Fresh produce at the Downtown and Mooney Blvd farmer’s markets featuring fantastic fruits and vegetables all grown right here in the valley, wine and cheese walk, renaissance fair, gospel fests, and comedy! Get out in this beautiful weather and see what we have to offer!March 2016 BUZZ

What’s BUZZing in February?

World Ag Expo in at the Tulare Agri Center, comedian Brian Reagan at the Visalia Fox Theater, and romance in the air at our local restaurants plus see beautiful Downtown Visalia on a romantic horse drawn carriage during Valentines Day weekend!

February BUZZ 2016

New Year and plenty of snow in the parks!

FREE entrance to the Sequoia and King Canyon parks on Monday January 18th! Dwight Yoakam, the Beach Boys and acrobats at the Fox! Start the new year off with a fun experience!

January BUZZ 2016

January 2016 Buzz

FREE entrance to the Sequoia and King Canyon parks on Monday January 18th! Dwight Yoakam, the Beach Boys and acrobats at the Fox! Start the new year off with a fun experience!



January BUZZ 2016

November BUZZ!

Fall is in the air and Winter is following shortly behind but there is no shortage of things to do in the area during the month of November. Hall of Fame musicians HEART at our local FOX theater, brand new children’s museum Imagine U opens, and music and outdoor events are plenty. Enjoy this edition of the BUZZ.Visalia BUZZ November 2015

What’s Buzzing in October?

October is a busy month in Visalia full of activities for all. Pumpkin picking, arts festivals, and food events line the month with fun. Check out all there is to offer in our newsletter and don’t forget to check out our event calendar and Facebook page at VisitVisalia!

Visalia BUZZ-October 2015

Mather Mountain Party of 1915

mixters 1Visalia has a unique role in the creation of the National Park Service. 100 years ago, on July 14, 1915, a group of influential men met at the Palace Hotel in downtown Visalia before embarking on a trek across the Sierra to see first hand the state of the area. Local businessmen Ben Maddox and George Stewart (who was key in helping to get Sequoia designated as a National Park in 1890) were members of the party that also included the director of the National Geographic Society, the president of the American Museum of Natural History, the chief geographer of the US Geological Survey, and E.O. McCormick, vice president of the Southern Pacific Railroad. This group was led by Stephen Mather who was asked by the Department of the Interior to help the federal government organize the growing number of National Parks.

These men, inspired by their journey, were instrumental in the creation of the National Park Service, which President Wilson authorized on August 25, 1916. Stephen Mather was once again at the Palace Hotel when he heard the news. He later became the first director of the National Park Service.

Take a walking tour of downtown Visalia to see the still-standing Palace Hotel and other historic sights.

Mather Mountain Party Historic Tour

Historical Walking Tour