When you want to visit Southern California, why not head to the mountains and give Big Bear Lake attractions for kids a try? You may think of the ski slopes and sleepy forest cottages when you picture this destination, but you might also be pleasantly surprised to find that there are plenty of things to do year round. Bobsledding, a zoo, seasonal swimming and more await! Read on for a few Big Bear Lake attractions that can help you get started on an unforgettable family vacation.
This mountain town is known for its many outdoor activities, and with good reason. Snow Summit, one of the largest ski areas in California, is here. Because of this, in peak seasons there can be more than 100,000 people visiting and hitting the slopes. However, don't miss out on other Big Bear Lake attractions such as the Alpine slide at Magic Mountain. A chair lift takes you to the top, and then a concrete slide is built into the mountain for you to slide down. Most Big Bear Lake vacations include this because the park offers fun features in addition to the bobsled ride. In the winter, they have a special kids' snow play area, and in warmer months, there's a water slide, go-karts and golf.
Another choice that is popular among the Big Bear Lake attractions for kids is the Alpine Zoo at Moonridge. This small zoo is an especially good choice if you have preschoolers. They have a petting zoo and many animals that are native to the region. Since this zoo is a rehabilitation facility for animals that are injured or displaced, it offers an opportunity for your kids to learn about conservation and critter care.
If your kids are wild about animals, another fun Big Bear Lake tourist attraction to consider is Baldwin Lake Stables and Petting Zoo. Feed goats and other farm animals and maybe take a horseback riding lesson! You can even book a three-and-a-half hour guided tour of the Pacific Crest with magnificent views of the Mojave Desert. If you have younger children with you on your Big Bear Lake Vacation, they can "horse around" too. Rather than a long tour, opt for the hand-led pony ride.
For information about other Big Bear Lake attractions, the Big Bear Discovery Center makes a good pit stop. Here you can pick up trail maps and off-roading information, and pose for a family snapshot with Smokey the Bear. Kids can climb on a spider web or play with blocks. There's also an easy, paved one-mile trail on the premises.
Part of planning any vacation is booking reservations for a place to stay. Pet and kid-friendly, the Robinhood Resort is located near to the main lake for swimming and other Big Bear Lake activities in the summer as well. It is an ideal choice for year round vacation planning. If you want convenience and flexibility it is best to look into the kid-friendly hotels in Big Bear Lake. There are also resorts in the area, which are ideal for skiing in the winter months.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started with your family trip plans in Big Bear Lake today. MiniTime offers loads of reviews and information about entertaining attractions and hotels. Careful though, you may find that there are so many Big Bear Lake activities to choose from that you can't fit it all in one trip!
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