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Yesterday I mused about dads and how it might be nice to surprise them with something really special this year for Father’s Day instead of getting them yet another tie. 😉 Well, today I will give you some ideas of what kind of fun you can have this weekend (and every summer/fall weekend) in Big Bear Lake. You will be amazed at how many different things to do there are in our little slice of heaven!

Don’t forget to check out our cabins at RSVacations.net! Rates are still at the off-season level (plus we still have specials!!), so there is no better time to treat Dad to a fun, mountain getaway!

 

Lake Activities

 

Fishing – He can bring gear to fish on his own, or you can treat him to a day with an expert fishing guide. Either way, he can grill up some fresh fish for dinner after a relaxing day of fishing!
Fish Big Bear

Boating – Pontoons, Fishing Boats, and Performance Boats – our local marinas have you covered for a day of fun out on the lake!waterskier
Big Bear Marina

Wakeboarding/Waterskiing/Tubing – Ready to get wet? No problem! Dad (and the rest of the family) will have a blast in the water!
Designated Wakesports

Canoeing/Kayaking/Stand-up Paddleboarding – If he likes to have fun and get a workout at the same time, there are plenty of places to rent these types of equipment.
Captain John’s Fawn Harbor

Parasailing – Perhaps Dad is an adrenaline junkie? Flying above the lake is sure to get his blood pumping!
Pine Knot Parasail

Jet-Skis/Wave-Runners – Everyone loves personal watercraft! Spend a few hours exploring the lake and have tons of fun, as well!
North Shore Landing

Lake Tours – Is he a history buff? Take Dad on a lake tour! We have two different tour boats – the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel and the ‘Time Bandit’ Pirate Ship.
Miss Liberty at Pine Knot Marina
Time Bandit Pirate Ship at Holloway’s Marina

 

Forest Activities

 

Sky Chair – The Sky Chair takes the work out of forest fun! Take a relaxing ride up the mountain, grab some lunch at the top, then hike, bike, or ride the chair back down.
Sky Chair at Snow Summit Resort

Mountain Biking – Big Bear has miles of trails, including fire roads and single-track. We also have the Snow Summit Bike Park which offers a variety of terrain for all levels ofSummitMountainBike dads!
Snow Summit Bike Park

Hiking – If Dad is a nature lover, a mountain hike is just the thing! Explore the forest and see all types of wildlife and vegetation.
Big Bear Discovery Center

Zipline/Tree Climbing – Adventure-seeking dads will love a zipline or tree climbing excursion where they can fly through the forest and over rocky canyons or rope climb one of our towering pines.
Action Tours

Horseback Riding – Does he love horses? Take him on a tour through the hills on horseback and view some gorgeous vistas.
Big Bear Equestrian Center
Baldwin Lake Stables

4 x 4 Off-Road Tours – Get off the beaten path and do some 4x4ing. Take an Off-Road Tour and give Dad a view of the back-country or let Dad do the driving on a self-drive tour. There are sunset tours, stargazer trips, and a few historical tours!
Big Bear Jeep Experience

Big Bear Off-Road Adventures

 

Around Town Activities

 

Helicopter Tours –  If Dad dreams of being in the air, this is the perfect way to tour the Big Bear Valley!
Helicopter Big Bear

golf in the mountains_0Golfing – He can enjoy the benefits of altitude on his swing and have a beautiful backdrop to play 9 holes at our local course.
Bear Mountain Golf Course

Alpine Slide/Water Slide – For the dad that just wants to have fun, a day at Big Bear’s Magic Mountain is a great way to cool off and have a blast!
Alpine & Water Slide at Magic Mountain

Go-Kart Racing – If he likes speed, take him to Big Bear Speedway and let him compete against the clock at up to 30 mph!
Big Bear Speedway

Escape Room or Scavenger Hunt – For dads that like to use their heads, try an escape room or scavenger hunt. Super fun!
Adventure Quest
Mountain Room Escapes

Bowling – Take him to the lanes for some indoor fun. Let him show of his bowling skills as he aims for 300!
Bowling Barn

Laser Tag/Arcade – Dad can recapture his youth at the Big Bear Funplex. All kinds of family fun in one place!
Big Bear Funplex

Zoo – If Dad is an animal lover, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is full of rescued animals that are local to our beautiful mountains.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Live Music/Nightlife – Take him out on the town and enjoy some live music and a variety of clubs and bars.
The Cave

 

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KayakGroupWith the Big Bear Paddlefest coming up this weekend, I thought that this post from 2013 would be fun to share. This is a really fun sport and a great way to get some exercise. I highly recommend it!!

Kayaking is the use of a Kayak for moving across water. Kayaking and canoeing are also known as paddling. Kayaking is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is defined by the International Canoe Federation (the world sanctioning body) as a boat where the paddler faces forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle. Most kayaks have closed decks, although “sit-on-top” kayaks are growing in popularity, as are inflatable kayaks which come without decks but which have air chambers surrounding the boat.

Whitewater kayaking involves taking a kayak down rapids, weirs and waterfalls. Sea kayaking, also referred to as ocean kayaking or touring, involves taking kayaks out on to the ocean or other open water such as a lake. It can involve short paddles with a return to the starting point (or “put-in”), or expeditions covering many miles and days. Kayaking of all kinds has become more popular through the 1990s and early 21st century.

Kayaks are classified by their use. There are eight primary classifications: polo, slalom, whitewater, surf, touring/expedition, light touring/day tripping, sprint/racing and general recreation. From these primary classifications stem many sub-classes. For example, a fishing kayak is simply a general-recreation kayak outfitted with accessories that make it easier from which to fish. A creek kayak is a certain type of whitewater kayak, designed to handle narrow gully type rivers and falls. Also within these classifications are many levels of performance which further separate the individual models. In other words, not all touring kayaks handle the same.

Kayaks and canoes are also classified by their design and the materials from which they are made. Kayaks can have hard or soft chines which require different types of handling. Each design has its specific advantage, including performance, maneuverability, stability, and paddling style. Kayaks can be made of metal, fiberglass, wood, plastic, fabrics, and inflatable fabrics such as PVC or rubber. Each material also has its specific advantage, including strength, durability, portability, flexibility, resistance to UV, and storage requirements. For example, Wooden kayaks can be created from kits or built by hand, but they are heavy to transport. Inflatable kayaks, made from lightweight fabric, can be dried, deflated, and stored in a closet.

There are several major configurations of kayaks. “Sit on tops”, as the name suggests, involve sitting on top of the kayak in an open area. “Cockpit style” involves sitting with the legs and hips inside the kayak hull with a “spray deck” or “spray skirt” that creates a water resistant seal around the waist. “Inflatables” are a hybrid of the two previous configurations, these boats have an open deck, but the paddler sits below the level of the deck. “Tandems” are configured for multiple paddlers, in contrast to the single person designs featured by most kayaks. Tandems can be used by two or even three paddlers. How a kayak is configured has nothing to do with its classification. All configurations are represented in each of the five primary classifications.

Because of their range and adaptability, kayaks can be useful for other outdoor activities such as diving, fishing, wilderness exploration and search and rescue during floods.

Info courtesy of Wikipedia

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Exercise should be fun! Well, that’s what ‘they’ say, right? I’d really like to know who ‘they’ are and how they know so much about everything anyway. But I digress…..

Getting enough exercise has always been an issue for me. I never played sports in school nor did I play recreational team sports as a kid. I sit in a chair at work and have hobbies that strain my brain more than my body. I try to get on the treadmill or stationary bike, but it is so boring! I do enjoy skiing every now and then and I finally took up mountain biking 5 years ago (not so fun riding up, really fun riding down!), but I really wanted to find a lake sport that the hubby and I could enjoy and get a workout to boot. We found it: Kayaking!

Kayak groupWe first tried kayaking four years ago on Big Bear Lake and we both absolutely loved it!  The view of the mountains? Spectacular! Nice cool water gently splashing you (or soaking you if you fall in like I did!), and a wonderful sense of peace and calm. Outdoor sports and activities really are a great way to get a workout because it is really more about the fun – the exercise is just a perk. I know that when I get back from a few hours on the slopes or a bike ride in the forest, I don’t feel like I just had a ‘workout’. I feel like I had an adventure that just happened to be good for me.  🙂 The same holds true after getting back from paddling.

One of the great things about Big Bear is that there are so many different ‘active’ things to do – all four seasons of the year. Just take your pick as to what you and your family enjoy and go do it. The bonuses of doing things in the mountains are the beautiful blue skies, sparkling blue lake, majestic pine forests and four-season weather. And of course the great workout!  If you’ve never experienced Big Bear, we invite you to come up and experience this one-of-a-kind locale for yourself.

This coming weekend hosts the 10th Annual Paddle Big Bear Event. I will have more information on this event throughout the week. If you’ve never paddled before, I highly recommend that you give it a try!

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You may have heard that due to the California drought, the water level is down on Big Bear Lake. While that is true, there is NO shortage of beauty or fun on the water in Big Bear this summer! Bob has spent quite a bit of (well deserved!) time on the water this past month, and I thought that people should see just how gorgeous it is up here!! All of these photos were taken during the past month on Big Bear Lake. Enjoy!!

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Why not join us at 6700′ and see the beauty of Big Bear Lake with your own eyes? Visit our website at RSVacations.net and take advantage of lower, off-season rates and specials on the perfect cabin for you and your loved ones. We have exclusive, FREE discount coupons for several lake activities and other fun amusements in Big Bear. Simply request them at booking and they will be waiting at the cabin when you arrive. Book your Big Bear Cabin today!! See you on the water!!

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Do you like to paddle? This weekend brings the 8th Annual Paddle Fest to Big Bear Lake, Whether you prefer to canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP), this is the event for you! Challenge yourself and others, get great exercise and have fun in this yearly event. See all the details below.

If you are looking for a great deal on a cabin for your stay, RS Vacations has you covered! We have just added summer specials to our website – 3 Nights for the Price of 2 OR 20% off a 2 Night Staycheck them out HERE. The savings will automatically apply when you book online at RSVacations.net. Book your perfect Big Bear Cabin today and get paddling!!

Ready to get your paddle on? The 8th annual Big Bear PaddleFest is held on the South Shore of Big Bear Lake, hosted by North Shore Trading Company. 5K Recreational Race, 10K Elite Race, 20K Around the Lake Challenge, Sprints and Relay Races. Music, Sports and Boating Expo and much more

For up to date information and complete schedule please go to www.bigbearpaddlefest.com.

Location: The Pines Lakefront at 350 Alden Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Contact: Tel: (909) 866-3414 Website: www.openairbigbear.com or www.bigbearpaddlefest.com

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Did you know that RS Vacations offers exclusive discounts on a variety of fun activities around Big Bear Lake? We do! The best part? They are FREE to our guests when requested at the time of booking. Here are the discounts we currently offer (more being added throughout the season!):

 

20% off – 2 hour, 1 or 2 person KAYAK or a CANOE rentals

20% off – 2 hour Stand-Up PADDLEBOARD rentals

20% off – BIKE rentals (Full Suspension, Hardtail, Comfort Bikes, and Childrens’ Bikes)

Save $5 per person – 1 hour HORSEBACK rides ($40 Rate) OR $10 per person – 2 hour HORSEBACK rides ($80 Rate)

10% off – Tasting Flight at La Dolce Vita Tasting Room (boutique wines, craft beers, hard ciders and quality sakes)

20% off – 60 minute, in-cabin MASSAGE (Longer massages and couples massages also available)

Be sure to select any package(s) you want when booking your cabin at RSVacations.net. Your coupons will be waiting at your cabin when you arrive.

We also offer a BIG BEAR ALPINE ZOO Family 4-Pack for only $25.50 (2 adult, 2 child tickets)

 

See our SPECIALS/PACKAGES page for more details. Packages must be selected at time of booking. Not all discount packages are available during holiday periods. Coupons must be presented when renting to receive discounted rate. Other restrictions may apply.

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Since I started writing this blog almost a year ago, I have covered many topics and highlighted several local activities that are available to take part in here in Big Bear. Although I have lived here for 36 years, many of them I have never tried. Over the last several weeks I have had the opportunity to take part in a couple of those fun activities with the hubby.

MM ConcertIf you read this post I wrote about music a few weeks back, you know that I love it in all its forms. Back in the end of July, the hubby and I had the opportunity to attend ‘Music in the Mountains’. This is an annual music series that consists of 3 different performances throughout the summer that raise money to heal and sustain our National Forest. It is put on by the Mountains Foundation and takes place at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.

We had a blast! The venue is an outdoor amphitheater that boasts beautiful mountain views and good sound. It was great fun to sit out among the pines and listen to classic, live music. We were treated to 3 different bands that night – Tribute Bands to ‘America’, ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival’ and ‘The Eagles’. They all performed well and folks had fun dancing up front. We really enjoyed ourselves and I definitely recommend that you take the opportunity to see one of these shows. The last show of this season is August 31. Don’t miss it!! RS Vacations offers discounted tickets to those that book with us. Check out the specials page on our website for more info.

I have also written posts about kayaking – something I’ve wanted to try for years and finally did it! We launched onto the lake from a marina in Fawnskin and spent a couple of hours paddling around the lake. It was truly beautiful and so much fun! We got a little bit of a workout, a little bit of relaxing, and a whole lot of fun.

Because we don’t own a boat, we don’t get the opportunity to spend much time on this lake of ours. We have been out with friends on wave runners and in boats over the years, but this was a new and totally unique perspective. I didn’t get photos this time, but I will try to get some the next time we go out – there will absolutely be a next time. I ❤ kayaking!

RS Vacations also offers a discount kayaking package upon booking. Check out the activities page here on the blog for more info. You will have fun!!

I will keep trying out new things as often as I can so that I can give you a first hand account of all the fun stuff Big Bear Lake has to offer. Stay tuned!!

 

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