Since first getting married, Lake Arrowhead has become our ultimate family destination. We always make a trip up to the lake in the summer and once again in the winter. There are plenty of activities happening around the lake – including plenty of opportunities to relax.
The Lake Arrowhead Queen
Lake Arrowhead Village, Lake Arrowhead
Children will get a kick out of riding around the lake on this enclosed decorative paddle boat. Guests will have an opportunity to see various parts of the lake while getting an informational tour. Tickets can be purchased at Leroy’s (located dock-side in the village). Tickets are $16 per adult, $14 per senior (60 and older) and $10 per child (12 and under). Children under the age of 12 years must wear a personal flotation device.
McKenzie Water Ski School
Lake Arrowhead Village, Lake Arrowhead
(909) 214-4917 or (909) 322-6284
McKenzie Water Ski School is where all my children first learned how to water ski. Their positive and educational instructors were able to get my children skiing on the water as early as 6 years old. We never miss the chance of enrolling the kids into a class when visiting the lake. The ski school has various lessons, but the most popular are the Jr. Wakeboarding lesson (children under the age of 10) for $55 and the junior ski school (children under the age of 6) for $30.
Snow Valley is the hottest place to hit the sloops near Lake Arrowhead. Just a short drive out of town and thrill seekers can find ultimate enjoyment. Snow Valley offers fantastic courses for children skiers including an ultimate sledding experience complete with chair lift. Families can enjoy a full day of physical entertainment in the fresh snow. Snow Valley is always offering various discounts throughout the year. Visit their website for the current savings.
At Wild Haven Ranch, visitors have a unique opportunity to learn about all the animals the live within the surrounding mountains. The ranch is an educational center that provides walking guided tours around the ranch. The tour will start out with a bird of prey being walked into the audience by a tour guide, and then the audience will be educated on the bird. Reservations are required to visit the ranch. Tours are $10 (9 years and older) and $5 (under the age of 5).
After a fun day, playing at the lake, spend time quality time at this popular bowling alley. Just a short drive out of the Lake Arrowhead village is the Rim of the World Bowling Alley. Rates for bowling are $3.50-$4.50 per game with shoe rentals available for $3.00 each. The alley also has pizza, sodas and snacks available to purchase while having a night of family fun!
The Mountain Skies Astronomical Society offers educational tours for visitors. Tours fill-up fast and advance ticket reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are available for $7 (over age 17) and $5 (under the age of 17). There is an additional $2 charge for tickets purchased at the gates. To inquire about availability, call 909-336-1699. With the tour being an indoor and outdoor tour, it can be cancelled due to inclement weather changes.
Papagayo’s is the most popular dinner destination in Lake Arrowhead. The restaurant offers delicious food, family fun in an exciting Mexican cantina environment. The restaurant can have long wait times, so it is recommended to arrive early or make reservations.
Belgian Waffle Works is the hot spot for breakfast dining in Lake Arrowhead. They have some of the most exquisite handmade waffles that my family craves all year long. Visitors can also score some of the popular mixes online until getting to return to this popular water front restaurant.
Lake Arrowhead Chalets are the perfect lodging option for large families with reasonable prices. Families can rent a two bedroom cabin (sleeps 6) for $160 or a three bedroom cabin (sleeps 8) for $185. The units have kitchens, washer/dryers and a deck with a barbecue. Hiking, biking, and fishing are all just minutes away from these exclusive cabins nestled into the San Bernardino forest.
Shelby is the author of Glitterful Felt Stories, where she writes about parenting, work-life balance, healthy eating, and life as a Mom. She is also a columnist for a local newspaper and various magazines. She has three little children under the age of nine, and lives in Orange County, California.