Big Bear Historical Park is one of the fun things to do with kids in Big Bear Lake, California

When you’re thinking about your next family trip consider Big Bear Lake. Big Bear Lake offers a variety of family-friendly activities. (The following list goes beyond those that you might already know about i.e. sledding, skiing, biking, and hiking).

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Big Bear Historical Park is one of the fun things to do with kids in Big Bear Lake, California

Photo courtesy of Big Bear Valley Historic Museum

Big Bear Historical Museum
800 Greenway Dr., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

A visit to Big Bear Museum provides families with historical information about the area. A variety of exhibits will allow visitors to get a sense of the area and how it has changed (and stayed the same) over time. On display, you’ll find a furnished 1875 log cabin, gold mining artifacts, historic photographs, and more. Admission is free for 14 and under, everyone else is $5. The Museum is open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, from Memorial Day weekend through the second weekend of October.

Big Bear Lake Village
Village Dr., Pine Knott Ave., and Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

If you’re shopping for gifts or souvenirs, then be sure to stop by Big Bear Lake Village. You’ll find a variety of shops (selling clothing, gifts, and more) as well as several restaurants (whether you’re looking for just a snack or a full meal, you’ll find several family-friendly choices).

The Bowling Barn
40625 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA

When you need some inside time, head to The Bowling Barn for a family-friendly game of bowling. You’ll find 16 lanes, an onsite snack bar, and the Alley Oops Sports Bar (which is a popular spot to enjoy refreshments and watch sporting games, while also enjoying a game of billiards and/or darts). Click here for a coupon good for a free third game of bowling.

Big Bear Funplex
40679 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

If bowing isn’t your thing, then head to the nearby Big Bear Funplex. There you’ll find lots of options for indoor fun including lazer tag, arcade games, 18-hole blacklight miniature golf, and ice skating.

Rotary Pine Knot Park
481 Bartlett Rd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Rotary Pine Knot Park is a park with a great view! You’ll find large, shady trees, walking paths, benches to stop and enjoy your surroundings, picnic tables, and a children’s playground. And, be on the lookout for friendly ducks waddling around!

Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
43285 Goldmine Dr., Big Bear Lake, CA

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a “rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven.” Most of the animals that are rehabilitated at the Zoo are successfully released back into their native environment. Some of the Zoo’s animals include the bald eagle, arctic fox, owls, bobcats, coyotes, bears, and more. Visitors also have the chance to learn the history of each animal including why each animal is at this Zoo. Each day, zoo keepers bring out an “animal of the day,” when families have a chance to learn interesting facts about the animal and see the animal up close. Admission is $12 for visitors 11 and older, $9 for children 3-10, and children 2 and younger are free.

Boulder Bay Park
39148 CA-18, Big Bear Lake, CA

Once you get there, you’ll understand the park’s name. Several islands in the middle of the bay are made of boulders. In addition, this is a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, having a picnic, and watching the ducks. It may be just the spot for a scenic family photo!

Gold Rush Mining Adventure
40016 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Gold Rush Mining Adventure offers a unique activity for the whole family. All participants are guaranteed to go home with a special souvenir including fossils, gem stones, or gold. Select from different adventures (including fossil panning and geode cracking, among others) which will determine exactly how you will mine and what you will find.

Big Bear Solar Observatory
Highway 38 and North Shore Dr., Big Bear Lake, CA

If you’ve got children who are interested in astronomy, then you’ll want to make a point to tour the Big Bear Solar Observatory. Tours begin in the spring, are offered on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and are free. Those participating on the tour must be at least ten years old, be able to walk 1000’ down and back on a gravel road, and be able to climb three flights of stairs. Check the website for information on reserving your tour as well as directions.

Meadow Park
41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Meadow Park has something for the whole family. This 16.25 acre facility includes tennis courts, a children’s playground, volleyball court, basketball court, picnic pavilion, and lots of green open spaces. Don’t forget to bring some balls, a Frisbee, and a picnic meal.

Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Habitat Park
Big Bear Blvd. and Stanfield Cutoff, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

This is a great place for families to stroll and enjoy their surroundings. You’ll find a large wooden gazebo with informative posters about the wildlife you’ll find in the area. In addition, there are two boardwalks built over the water. Take a look at the fish, keep an eye out for the ducks, and enjoy the tranquility.

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