Bring On the Fun in Big Bear!! The Best Family Friendly Things to Do and See in Big Bear Lake, CA

Updated: May 21, 2019

Right after the holidays, we took our family to Big Bear Lake, CA for a little getaway, and honestly the hubs and I were TOTALLY dreading it!! 👎🏼

Don't get me wrong, we LOVE vacations, but we grew up in the Midwest (good ole' Indiana to be exact) where there is plenty of snow, and our idea of R&R is sipping a pina colada on a beach somewhere, not bundling up in layers of clothing trying our best to survive the cold. BRRR!!! ❄️ But truthfully despite our initial (negative) attitudes, our little trip to Big Bear surprised us and was much more fun that we anticipated!

In case you are planning to head to BB anytime soon, here's a little recap of the adventures we had to help you plan your own trip!


1. Tubing at Snow Play: Big Bear is known for being a great location for skiing and snow boarding, but since this was our first trip there, we thought we'd start with baby steps, so we opted to do some snow tubing instead. We saw several businesses on our drive up from San Diego, but chose the location closest to where we were staying which was called Snow Play (located at 800 Wildrose Lane). It's $35 per person, and they offer two sessions during the weekends. The first one is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and the second is from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Here's the their website if you want more info!

They take the work out of tubing with their conveyer belt tunnel (AKA the Magic Carpet) that makes it easy for you and your tube to get up the hill. Once you are at the top, there are five different lanes you can go down. They don’t really have a limit of how many people can go down together at once or how you can go down, so the kids went backwards, forwards and sidewards.

Also, they do create their own snow so if there isn’t enough naturally, they aren’t closed! I definitely recommend getting there as early as possible because a lot of people came as the day progressed.