8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Aug 16, 2023, 9:59 AM | Updated: 11:00 am

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This article about fun activities to do in Bear Lake is sponsored by the Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

Planning a trip to Bear Lake this season but want to avoid getting in the water? Worry not – there’s still plenty to catch in the area for people who don’t want to get wet. Here are eight fun activities to do in Bear Lake so you and the whole family can enjoy your vacation. 


Embarking on a group bike ride is a great way to create memories with your family while having fun. Ride on paved trails or gear up for an adventurous mountain ride – Bear Lake has something for beginners and advanced bikers alike. 

Learn more about Bear Lake’s hiking and biking trails.


A family outing to the Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers an enriching experience, blending education and leisure. As you walk through the tranquil sanctuary at Bear Lake, a diverse avian population takes center stage against serene wetlands. Nature enthusiasts of all ages can engage in a real-time exploration of bird behaviors and habitats, fostering a deeper understanding of the ecosystem. 

Pack binoculars, notebooks, a camera, and plenty of water and sunscreen to share. 

Horseback riding

Saddling up for a horseback riding escapade in Bear Lake adds a touch of rustic charm to your outdoor pursuits. Against the backdrop of rolling hills and scenic vistas, riders of all levels can partake in an equine adventure to explore the area and learn more about its history. 

Experienced wranglers guide these horse tours to ensure safety and comfort. As you traverse the winding trails, enjoy the area’s natural beauty and unique perspective on the landscape. 

Cave exploration

Equipped with helmets and headlamps, adventurers of all ages can navigate the intricate passageways of the region’s caves, guided by experts. Among the fun activities to do in Bear Lake, this one packs unique formations and echoing chambers with an ancient geological story of the area. Cave exploration fosters a sense of discovery and awe while inspiring discussions about the geological forces that have shaped this hidden realm over millennia. 


Bear Lake boasts minimal light pollution, making it an ideal spot for stargazing. With telescopes and astronomy guides, take time to identify constellations, planets, and meteor showers. Gazing at the vast expanse of the night sky is a great way to spark conversations about our universe’s many wonders and mysteries. 

If you are new to stargazing and need help figuring out where to start, check out this resource for beginner stargazing tips


Transform mealtime into a collective experience as you cook or grill for your family or a large group. Don aprons and gather around the kitchen counter to make DIY tacos, personal pizzas, or a build-your-own salad bar. Cooking and cleaning up together fosters cooperation, creativity, and a shared sense of accomplishment. It ignites taste buds and leaves your family or group with a newfound appreciation for the art of cooking and the joy of shared meals.


With well-marked trails that wind through lush forests, meadows, and rugged peaks, hikers of all skill levels can find their perfect path. Logan Canyon offers wonders on every hike, nurturing an appreciation for the outdoors that will resonate long after the trek ends.

Not sure where to go? Here are five hikes to try with the whole family near Bear Lake, Utah. 

Outdoor games

Bear Lake offers an array of active gaming opportunities for people seeking thrills without getting in the lake. From friendly beach volleyball matches under the sun to engaging in spirited rounds of horseshoes or cornholes on the sandy shores, the atmosphere becomes a playground of fun-filled competition. 

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