Do you recall your last Labor Day weekend? Do you remember your last trip to the mountains? Make this Labor Day memorable, and spend it in Big Bear Lake.
A charming mountain community boasting a serene lake with 20+ miles of shoreline, you’re bound to find an activity – or even a yard sale – to fit your three day weekend. As a community member of this resort town, I’m happy to blog about Big Bear Lake’s finest.
Boating is an activity for both young and old(er) and is one of the more prominent water activities here. In a town with 6 full service marinas and 2 public boat launch ramps, you can partake in this sport so long as you have a standard driver’s license. From pontoon boats with ample shade from the sun to speed boats equipped with the best motors, there is little better than fishing from your own boat or traversing a small cove on the blue waters of our lake. You may have heard that the lake level is lower this year but, don’t worry, there is still plenty of lakeside fun to be had! You won’t miss anything if you choose to take a guided boat tour of the gorgeous lake, with a kind guide at-the-ready with historic and interesting Big Bear Lake facts. You can pick from 4 different boats to tour upon for an hour and a half – The Pine Knot Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat, The Big Bear Queen, Holloway’s Time Bandit Pirate Ship and the Captain John’s Cruise Boat. Be sure to bring your camera, sunscreen and a hat before setting foot on the boat for a great experience!
Water sports and Jet Ski rentals also happen to be popular on Big Bear Lake, and are sure to give you a thrill! Start off slow and take a lesson with a pro and you’ll be off and flying on a wakeboard in no time. Kids especially love to try the “snowboarding” of water sports, and wake boarding school is available for all ages throughout the summer season on Big Bear Lake. While enjoying your holiday, you can also rent a Kayak or Canoe for two and sail along the gorgeous shoreline. Picnicking by the shore is a great way to have lunch with an amazing view – I suggest Meadow’s Edge Picnic area on the North Shore – and there are even barbecues for your use. Just keep in mind when parking in the National Forest that a $5 Adventure Pass is required during your trip when parking your vehicle off-road. However, the rest of the town will be available with FREE parking at every location.
Driving around Big Bear Lake during Labor Day weekend, especially in a residential area, you’ll run into an assortment of treasures and odds-n-ends for sale at the locals’ yard sales. Labor Day is considered the most popular day in the USA to go on treasure hunts, and Big Bear Lake’s unique rustic atmosphere is bound to offer a different assortment of items to find.
Looking for something cool to do this Labor Day weekend? Check out the rod riders of Big Bear’s Cool Run in the Mountains car show. Featuring 20 awards, classic and vintage cars, raffles and 50/50 drawings – this event takes place September 5th from 9 AM to 2 PM at 42825 Big Bear Blvd next door to the previously mentioned Big Bear Speedway. Check it out on your own or with the whole gang! You can even invite Fido (so long as/he is leashed).
Do your kids get bored easily? Even over the holidays? It’s hard to imagine a bored child in Big Bear but, it’s happens and one company in particular strives to take the boredom out of the kid with their “Ancient Sea” Treasure Hunts. You pick the adventure and select a different treasure tank filled with precious treasures: shells, gemstones, sea life… even shark teeth! You then take your chest and use the provided sleuth to “mine” for the treasures. It’s a really popular activity, and one to surely take the boredom out of anyone’s day.
Check out the newest sport craze to hit our small mountain community – Tree rope climbing! Featuring aerial views and a course in climbing with experts, you get the full scope of a tour through the trees with Action Tree rope climbing tours. Their motto is safety first, fun second – so you don’t have to worry about training or specific exercises – they will guide you with the skills and determination of a pro. Each tours lasts 3 hours and costs $101 per person. Climbing trees like a kid has never been easier here in Big Bear Lake!
Try something different during your three-day-weekend! Check out the Segway Tours offered by Action Tours. Take a ride on a X2 Segway for an incredible 2 hours through their unique town and forest tours. Learn the history of big Bear from reliable and educated guides, all the while speeding along on your Segway. The tours are even offered year round! As you speed past the tall pines and views of the lake, you’ll remember why the call this holiday a three-day-weekend.
Thanks for reading. We hope you have a fun and amazing Labor Day Weekend in Big Bear Lake, CA!