With enticing colors, crisp air, and decorative pumpkins, there's no denying — Fall is a fabulous time of year. But what makes this cozy season so spectacular is the endless amount of activities you can do together with your loved ones. And the best place to do that is at Big Bear Lake where you will find everything you need for a family-friendly trip. Here are some thrilling things to do that will bring you closer together and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Pumpkin patches are fall amusement parks, offering fun-filled attractions for the entire family. Whether your wee ones want the bigger-than-big pumpkin that will take hours to carve, or a teeny tiny mini one, the Pumpkin Patch at Bear Valley Farms has every size and allows you to pick it right from the ground. While wandering through the pumpkin patch, visitors can learn about organic farming techniques, play games and enjoy hayrides and a petting zoo.
Ever wonder what the zoo is like after hours? When the sun goes down, nocturnal animals become most active. Wolves, black bears, mountain lions and many other animals make the most of the night. You and your family can experience the sights and sounds of these beautiful critters at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge, which hosts a Flashlight Safari tour every Friday and Saturday in October. Be sure to bring your own flashlights and dress warmly!
An unknown author once said, “Horses lend us the wings we lack." So we say, get out there with your kids and fly! Whether you prefer a gallop or trot, this fun and relaxing activity will immerse your whole family in the beauty of Big Bear. If you don’t know where to go, Baldwin Lake Stables offers a variety of horse rides with something to suit everyone. Choose from an hour or half-day long ride or even a specific time of day — we recommend sunset rides! No matter what you choose, your tribe will explore the backwoods through the pristine national forest areas. We bet your kids will want to do the same the next day.
Get out your comfy walking shoes and gather your family for a fun hike in the woods. Big Bear has miles and miles of beautiful trailheads with easy access points throughout the valley. One popular attraction is the Pine Knot Trail, which starts at Aspen Glen Picnic Area and continues toward Grand View Point. This trail will let you take in the breathtaking views of the national forests including their lake and wonderful orange and yellow oak trees.
Who doesn't love the idea of finding hidden treasure? So take a trip the whole family can dig! At Gold Rush Mining Adventures, families get the chance to pick stones they want to discover from their water-wheel and sluice from a large variety of minerals, fossils and geodes from all over the world. Your kids’ eyes will light up with excitement while discovering hidden treasures and learning about all the different gemstones and mining history from the friendly staff.