The beauty of a lakefront village, fresh mountain air, and a slower pace than a big city might be just what you and your loved ones are looking for on the next getaway. Look no further than Big Bear, California. Big Bear and the surrounding area have many fun and exciting activities everyone – including the teenagers of the group – will love. You and your loved ones of all ages will find things to do in Big Bear to keep you busy and engaged no matter what time of year.
Big Bear Escape Room
In the last several years, escape rooms have become one of the popular family things to do in Big Bear. Gather your group and work together to solve a series of clues and puzzles and break out of the themed room in 60 minutes or less to win the game. There are different themes to choose from, each with varying degrees of difficulty. Search for lost gold, try to escape the asylum, or join the elite Bear Valley Search and Rescue team. Choose the topic or difficulty that’s right for you and make sure to book in advance. If there are multiple teens in the group, they can work a room on their own, but it’s also a great activity for the whole family.
Big Bear Lake
If the waters of Big Bear Lake seem to be calling your teen’s name, there are plenty of family things to do in Big Bear to keep them busy on the “all sports” Big Bear Lake. Adults of the group can rent a boat for plenty of in- and on-water fun. Cruise the lake or get your teen’s blood pumping with wakeboarding or water skiing. Visit one of the six marinas at the lake and rent gear for less intense water activities like kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and more. Those who don’t want to get wet can opt to stay on shore and play in the sand, sunbathe, or plant the beach umbrella and just chill out for a while.
Urban Adventure Quest in Big Bear
Take the time to learn more about the place you’ve decided to call ‘home’ in a way a display in a museum can’t. While kids and teens may get quickly bored on a trip to a museum or gallery, visiting multiple different spots in a scavenger hunt-style adventure is a new experience that’s bound to keep them entertained. Your quest for information and to see the sights of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding area starts at the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce. The one-mile, one- to 1.5-hour activity is free and loads of fun for everyone. There are 10 challenges and two ‘bonuses’ that take you through the streets and all the way down to the water’s edge, and include points of interest like the Village, the lake, and two parks. Watch out for silly characters who want to offer you their ‘help’ along the way.
If hiking or horseback riding isn’t your teen’s type of adventure, Big Bear’s Action Tours may have something more exciting. The company offers tours on their zipline course – a nine-run mountain zipline that will have you and your teens speeding across at up to 35 miles per hour. When there’s snow on the ground, join them for a multi-terrain snowshoe tour through the area’s ponderosa pines and other mountain scenery. Another crowd pleaser is their Segway tour of the area that takes you through the town and surrounding forest on a guided tour. Tours are two hours or more, depending on the activity you choose.
Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
Everyone, young and old – including your teens, will love the alpine slide attraction at Big Bear’s Magic Mountain. It’s open year-round, but hours that vary by season. Enjoy a scenic view of the area as the chair lift takes you to the top, where you’ll prepare for the ride of a lifetime down the area’s only authentic bobsled experience. Teens will love driving their own individually controlled sled down your choice of two quarter-mile long cement tracks. Experience high-banking turns leading to long straightaways that will have your adrenaline pumping by the time you reach the bottom. Riders must be at least 36” tall to ride, and children under 48” tall must ride with an adult age 18 or older.
Fun Things To Do in Big Bear with Teens
You came to the area for a retreat full of fun and relaxation. Extend that fun and relaxation to your accommodations by booking a vacation rental Big Bear Vacations. Make everyone’s favorite home-cooked meals in the fully equipped kitchen of your home away from home. Gather together and enjoy it in the dining area, settle in on the couch to watch a movie, or spend all your time outdoors. Choose a cozy one-bedroom all the way up to a sprawling five-bedroom for a reunion, or so your teen or teens can have their own rooms. Big Bear Vacations has a vacation rental that is just right for you. Our premium units include upgrades like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs, and more!
Contact us today to start planning a retreat in Big Bear to remember!