As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, many people are planning to get out into the wilds of the San Bernardino National Forest for their three days weekends of adventure or relaxation.
As such, I thought it would only be a fair public service to you, my esteemed readers, to let you know about some of the fun and exciting things to do in the beautiful Big Bear Valley and with a (shhhhh, it’s a secret) Memorial Weekend 50% off flash sale, you can make it affordable and fun!
A great place to start this Memorial Day Weekend would be the Discovery Zone at the Big Bear Discovery Center (opening May, 25), where families can learn about the great outdoors hands on. The Discovery Zone has been constructed to be a fully interactive classroom focused on the fun side of learning about how thinks work in the our own corner of the National Forest. Points of interest in the Discovery Zone include arts and crafts with materials harvested directly from our local forest, as well as a very web-like climbing area, accessible stage for music, and creative ways to learn to be stewards of our environment. While much of this is ideal for ages 2-7, I think most parents will find it to be a great way to unplug and really focus on learning about nature and participating with their kids… And I wouldn’t be surprised if a few parents find their inner child taking root in such a whimsical atmosphere.
After you’ve gotten in touch with the playful side of nature, I suggest heading to the south side of the lake to check out what Snow Summit will have to offer on May 25.
The Scenic Sky Chair at Snow Summit runs from Memorial Day Weekend through most of the fall season on East Mountain Xpress, better known as chair 1 by the locals. My family and I take this ride at least once a year, and I’ll tell you…this is an amazing way to get a beautiful view of our community, which will take you about 15 minutes both up and down the lift. Once at the top of the mountain, consider stopping by the View Haus, for a tasty burger!
Once you’ve gotten a great natural high, You could either head over to Bear Mountain Golf Course for nine relaxing holes at 7, 000 feet.
Or…Why not be a bit more daring?
Try taking a stab at Snow Summit’s newly developed Adventure Park. A perfect way to get your adrenaline fix, the Adventure Park opens on Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 25th. So why not get a major rush, and then head over the Skychair to relax after?
From there, you can keep the fun going by heading over to Big Bear Marina, where Action Aqua Flight is having the ribbon cutting and grand opening at 10:30 AM. There will be live music and food until three, as well as raffles every 15 minutes or so!
What’s that? You’ve never heard of flyboarding? Well, imagine jetting through the air over the placid waters of Big Bear Lake, whipping and whirling around like some kind of wild superhero from the movies…then you’re off to a great start. Once you’ve had some fun with Action Aqua Flight, stay on the water and head back to the North side of our lake to North Shore Landing where they’ve got jet skiing, wake boarding, waterskiing, and boats for rental at reasonable rates!
If that isn’t enough water sports fun for you, then I suggest taking the family or friends over to Alpine Slide. They have go carts, toboggans, mini-golf, and of course water slides! They’re also offering a punch card special on their website, so head over to the Alpine Slide’s website, and submit your punch card order before June 9th to qualify for the special.
In the evening, there is a great opportunity to unwind at the Old Miner’s Association’s Chuck Wagon Benefit Concert. This benefit concert will be the evening of Saturday, May 25 with wonderful chuck wagon-style food and libations. The silent auction and chuck wagon dinner will begin at 6:30 pm and Brent takes the stage at 7:30 pm.
Tickets can be booked online or call 800-424-4232 to speak with a friendly getaway specialist about tickets.
The following morning you can find fun for the car enthusiast, at the Antique Car Club Show & Shine and Pinewood Derby. This show is being held in the Big Bear Snowplay parking lot at no charge to both spectators and show cars. The Pinewood Derby features Big Bear’s own 5th graders, so come on by and show your support for our little motor-heads!
That morning will also be the first annual Big Bear Memorial 5K Fun Run. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project, and all registrants will receive a finishing “dog tag.”
Now, I know this seems like a ton of things to try and cram into two days. So, my advice to you friends it to cram it into three days! Big Bear is a beautiful community, and we love our visitors. So stay the entire holiday weekend and have a great time exploring with your friends and family.
I will give you one warning though, while it seems like I’ve told you about a lot of different thing…there is even more to do here. So if you can’t fit it all into a single weekend, come back the following weekend and pick up where you left off.
Off again another journey,
Have you had a great Memorial Day adventure in Big Bear? Well, I want to hear about it! Share it with us and make everyone’s travels even better.