How to enjoy Big Bear Lake with kids
Kids and Summer
Big Bear Lake is home to the Alpine slide. Even when there is no snow, kids love it here. There is a water slide that dumps them into a pool at the bottom. The prices are reasonable and there is a lift that takes them to the top.
The public beach has a playground and a sandy beach for the kids to swim. It might be hard to pull them out of the water. Hiking and biking are ways to enjoy the scenery while spending quality family time.
While there are many places that rent cabins up to full-scale mansions, camping is available. There are many campgrounds and RV parks in the area.
Kids and Autumn
The summer activities are winding down. It may be a little too cool to swim in the lake but this is the best time for biking and hiking. Start at the Discovery Center to find the best trails for your family. Bring your bikes or rent them, it is a great way to see the area.
Kids and Spring
It’s still cool and not warm enough for swimming. This is a great time to take advantage of the paddle boats and other water activities where you will only get a little wet. This is a good time for horseback riding and if it’s a little too cool, take the kids bowling.
Choose your event — There is always something going on at Big Bear
Start at the Discovery Center. In the winter there are snowshoe and bald eagle tours. In the summer, look for gold mine and canoe tours.
Stop at the Visitor Center. Their knowledgeable staff can point you to fun things for kids to do.
There is always something happening at Big Bear. The list is too long but they have great family activities all year long. A few are:
The AMGEN Tour of California comes to Big Bear. Come and see professional cyclists, including Lance Armstrong, race to the mountaintop in «The Big Bear Climb».
The Big Bear Pirate Faire features a treasure hunt, a ship to shore battle and entertainment for all.
The 4th of July celebration is called the Fireworks Spectacular. Nothing more to add, the name says it all.
The Renaissance Faire is in full swing. If that’s not your style, check out the Big Bear Cowbuoy Gathering. There are Wild West re-enactments and demonstrations.
The Oktoberfest is a long-standing tradition in Big Bear. If that’s not scary enough, don’t miss the Big Bear Lake Horror Film Festival.
Christmas in the Village features Victorian carolers, strolling musicians and a children’s choir to entertain visitors. Stay for the Christmas tree lighting and Santa Claus. If your are there for New Years Eve, don’t miss the Torchlight Parade. This is a spectacular sight to watch as the skiers and snowboarders come down the mountain carrying torch lights.
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