Must-Do Activities In Big Bear For Your Family Reunion
Posted: 12/26/14 | By Tina Hauer
Not only offering a 300 days of sunshine and 22 miles of shoreline to explore, Big Bear's scenic mountain resort community provides a variety of activities for the entire family.
So for this year's family reunion, bring out the entire clan to explore Big Bear's sapphire-blue lake and scenic mountain surroundings to create lasting memories.
Gold Rush Mining Adventures
There's gold in those hills! Reenact the rich mining history of Big Bear through unearthing buried treasure. Mining activities are great for all ages, so young and old alike can revel in the fun. With three different mining options, the Giant Water Wheel & Sluice, the Quick Running Water Flume and Dry Panning, you and your family can enjoy the complete experience. With a covered sluice, this activity is great for all seasons, rain or shine. Looking for a little more hands on action? Check out the Geode breaking. For the aspiring archeologists, discover sea fossils and shark teeth in your kit.
If you have artifact or rock enthusiasts in the family, explore the Gold Mine Gift Emporium to see unusual gems, discover fossils, find geodes or encounter dinosaur artifacts. Make sure to check out the dig kits or panning kits to extend the fun.
What could be better than the thrill of soaring through the trees! Ziplining tours are an incredibly unique way to glide over the trails, sail above the lake and take the forest by storm for the most exciting way to experience Big Bear. Take in the stunning view of the valley, all while being guided by highly trained staff for the most memorable experience yet. A great activity for groups, all zip liners must be over 75lbs.
Hiking or Biking
Lazy jaunts, mountainous treks and moderate excursions, Big Bear offers trails for all skill levels and endurance levels. No matter if you and your family are beginner or veteran adventurers, you can find the perfect trail for you from the over 100 miles of trails and forest service roads wandering through the Big Bear region. A mountain biker's heaven, there is an entire trail system to bike without ever getting into your car. Complete the full loop starting at the lodge’s driveway. Make sure to bring a camera to capture the forest sceneries, changing leaves, mountain views and sunsets along the lakes.
Some of the best tales out there are fish stories, and no better way to create your own fish stories than an afternoon fishing on the lake. Cast in a line from a kayak, take out a pontoon or try out fly-fishing at the edge of the lake. Looking for an inside scoop on where the fish are biting? Take a guided fishing trip, drastically improving your odds of actually bring home a fish as opposed to just tales.
A timeless pastime, fishing creates countless opportunities for generations to bond together, passing down hobbies and creating memories. Children 15 and younger don't need a fishing license.
Make it the Ultimate Family Adventure
Family vacations create priceless memories, and many memories come from unexpected places. Like the impromptu karaoke session the cousins started, the three-hour marathon of poker your uncle instigated or when grandma taught all the youngsters how to play cribbage. What do all of these have in common? They happened because the family was all in the same place.