The South Rim Visitor Center is the natural place to start your South Rim adventure, but I recommend not lingering there too long and to get out into the park. When I visited, the movie auditorium was closed. With that, the exhibits there were limited, and I found the information at the Yavapai Station better presented and interesting. Be sure to pick up a park newsletter. Since I researched extensively before coming (thanks, Trip Advisor!), I felt fairly well oriented. I think if you have not done as much prep work before arriving, you should spend more time and formulate a "game plan." Based on others' experience, I would just talk to a ranger and discuss what you want to see. They are able to make great recommendations.
The reason why I give the center four stars as opposed to three is just steps outside, there is a magnificent view of the canyon. You walk outside and beyond the center, and you are blown away at what was just a few feet in front of you. It was my first real view of the Grand Canyon, as it is for most. That being said, it can get crowded, especially when a tour bus unloads. However, there seems to be enough space if everyone is considerate.
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