Dont be lazy! Have Big fun at Big Bear Lake.

By Mackenzie von Kleist |Staff Writer|

It’s raining, it’s pouring and the old sports are boring.

Sitting like a couch potato watching baseball and the NBA playoffs doesn’t have to be the only option right now for students, especially with so many sports and activities right next door to San Bernardino at Big Bear Lake.

“I try to be as active as possible especially with summer right around the corner,” said student Lauren Halseth. “Living in San Bernardino doesn’t really give us many options for activities so me and some of my friends head up to Big Bear for water sports and zip lining.”

If you’re looking for action or something different to try, zip lining is a good bet and a guaranteed fun filled activity.

Speaking from my own experience, zip lining enables any person to obtain the sensation of flying through the air like a soaring bird over beautiful scenery and forest greens that many never get the opportunity to see in their life time.

Big Bear is just a short drive away where folks can now zip through the forest on exciting zip lines.

Guests suspend high above the forest floor overlooking mountain vistas and zip through forested landscapes and cross over rocky canyons. Zip it up and take flight in Big Bear any time of the year. Zip line tours are now open year round even in the snow.

Trained professionals guide you through each zip line and make every person feel very conformable.  If you are willing to pay the price, $95, for this beautiful and exciting experience, then you won’t regret it.

If heights aren’t your forte, Big Bear offers more than enough activities, sights and attractions such as kayaking or canoeing to fulfill your needs and finances.

For $20 an hour, you can rent equipment from Captain John’s Marina for a little bit more strenuous and demanding activity than zip lining. This sporting activity gives a great work out, as well.

If you go in the early morning, you are able to admire the serenity of the lake and silence of the morning while you kayak through the glass top lake. However, the afternoon time brings in a little bit more noise when boats, jet skis and wake boarders can be found all around the lake.

Either way the experience or fitness you gain from kayaking or canoeing Big Bear Lake is well worth it.

If you are strapped for cash, and still needing to do something different than hanging around San Bernardino for the afternoon, then head up to Big Bear and check out the free hiking trails for experienced and non-experienced hikers alike.

According to, the forests surrounding Big Bear Lake offer trails for hikers and walkers at all skill levels. For the adventurous, high peaks offer 360 degree panoramas.

Snow Summit’s breathtaking Sky Chair can easily take you to the top so you can hike down while enjoying spectacular scenic vistas that include superb views of Big Bear Lake and deep forests. Entry into the National Forest is free, but parking requires an Adventure Pass from the U.S. Forest Service.

With so many options and so little time before finals, gear up and head up to Big Bear Lake for more adventures, exciting scenes and active sports that will get your heart pumping.

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