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End Of Summer Activities In Big Bear

Posted: 09/08/15 | By Tina Hauer

Big Bear Lake is the perfect place to visit to enjoy some last minute outdoor activities before you say goodbye to summer.

As the temps cool off and the end of summer quickly approaches, you may feel it is time to get outdoors and enjoy some last minute relaxation or accomplish some activities or events you've, perhaps, never tried before. Big Bear Lake is the perfect place to visit! Here are our favorite end of summer activities to create memories to last you through the months ahead.

Learn to Off-Road with Big Bear Jeep Experience

Learn to Off-Road with Big Bear Jeep Experience

There are two different off-roading Tours to enjoy out in Big Bear Lake– "Big Bear Off-Road Adventures" and "Big Bear Jeep Experience." For the Jeep tour, depending on age and experience, YOU or a friend get to drive the Jeep and follow your guide down a rocky or mild terrain of your choice! Places such as Skyline, Pine Knot trail and unique back roads are up for exploring! They even offer a children's mining experience for the under 14 years of age crowd. The trails they take you on go from easy to experience-is-necessary and is considered the coolest off-roading experience in the valley. The Big Bear Off-Road Adventures is Big Bear's ONLY and ORIGINAL fully year round 4 wheel drive tour which includes varied trips and locations, from meadows to mountains. There are group discounts available as well as different tours for all types of participants varying on age. Big Bear Off-Road Adventure takes you in a Pinzgauer off-road vehicle and you can savor the sights of Wild Horse Meadow, Lodge pole Pine and more on this terrific trip.

Fishing isn't just for the guys! My kids love the great outdoors and the water, so why not combine the two – Mom can even help! Any person(s) over 16 years of age will require a standard California state fishing license available in numerous sporting goods shops and local marinas. If you wish to help your child reel in a fish or fix a snare, you'll need a license even if you aren't technically "fishing" out in the lake, trust me, I learned the hard way that fines can be upwards of $250! Better to play it safe when fishing in Big Bear Lake.

Views from Snow Summit's Scenic Sky Chair

Views from Snow Summit's Scenic Sky Chair

There are a variety of lures, bait and capturing devices out there to fish with in Big Bear Lake. You can purchase the equipment locally at sporting goods stores, Kmart and at a bait shop at several marinas in town and get some advice of the current fishing conditions. Cast off and have fun!

For biking enthusiasts, there isn't a better collection of trails on the horizon than Big Bear Lake's own Snow Summit Bike Park, appropriately titled Snow Summit Summer. Featuring exclusive features you can't find anywhere else (it is the only downhill park in California), such as jumps, downhill groomed trails, skill builder parks and cross-country biking. For an additional charge, you can even include lunch at the delicious View Haus Restaurant, the perfect place to dine in and capture amazing views of the Big Bear Lake Valley. If you don't want to ride the Scenic Sky Chair or have a fear of heights you can still choose a trail around the valley to ride your bike for a variety of levels. If a riding on the bike trail isn't in your plans, check out a hike! Better yet, check out a guided hike. Explore the surrounding National Forest and learn more about Southern California’s habitats from a Mountains Foundation Naturalist on a 3-mile hike geared for anyone looking for a new adventure. The Tours meet at the base of Snow Summit Resort in front of the larger Trail Map up front. With this tour, you can definitely see the forest through new eyes! For more information please contact the Big Bear Discovery Center at 909-382-2790 or the www.mountainsfoundation.org to secure your trip.

Action Zip Line Tours

Action Zip Line Tours

As the colors change, you'll find no better view than by taking a tour with Action Zip Lines! Forest meets fun in an exciting, 3 hour adventure suspended in the trees. A round trip and fully guided tour costs $120 per person and will provide you with the necessary instructions and training for a tour in the Big Bear Valley. This fine tour starts off with smaller zips as well as a training area in order to get you accustomed to moving in a harness and bounding through the trees. Both the young and old will get the thrill of a lifetime with this exciting tour! The Big Bear tour includes 9 high-speed-runs and a suspension bridge!

Looking for a new Big Bear Lake adventure to be remembered? Kids will have a blast at the Big Bear Gold Rush Mining experience! Starting at just $10 and up kids, teens and even adults can enjoy mining for REAL treasures in an old fashioned mining sleuth complete with a covering and a geode cracker at the ready if you want to knock open your own mined rock for the glowing, earthly treasures crystalized inside. The grounds also feature a wind mill, gift shop, resort rental office and displays. Absolutely nobody goes home empty handed and no two bags of mining ore or pay-dirt are exactly the same at this mining adventure. Take home the best souvenir in Big Bear! If this floats your boat, check out their newest tour: The Ancient Sea Treasure hunt, featuring even more new and unique fossils, gems and even... shark teeth! Instead of mining bags or buckets, you'll receive your very own mini treasure tank featuring anything and everything from the sea. The Gold Rush Mining offices open their doors in sun, rain or even snow. You can always find something to do in Big Bear Lake, young or old, all year long!

As the colors change in this vast mountain range, you'll never run short of fun and exciting items to participate in at Big Bear Lake, let your imagination run wild! Come up to 7,000 feet and explore nature at the finest point in time.