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Headed to Bear Lake? Read this Before You Leave!

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If you have grown up in Utah or Idaho you have probably heard all about Bear Lake. It’s a beautiful turquoise lake that is great for boating, jet skiing and even just hanging out on the beach. But did you know there is so much more to do there than be at the water? Here are a few fun ideas you can take with you the next time you are in the area.

Minnetonka Cave

  • Located in St. Charles Canyon not to far from North Shore
  • Great way to cool down since it stays around 40 degrees year long (plan on taking jackets for the tour)
  • There are a LOT of stairs so plan accordingly
  • Cost is $12 for adults, $9 for youth and 5 to 2 are free (NOTE: children under 2 are not permitted in the cave) or purchase a family pass for $48 (there is a small fee when paying by card so I recommend taking cash)
  • Tours leave every 15 minutes and last about 1.5 hours and are first come first serve

Paris Ice Cave

  • Located at Green Basin Rd Preston, ID 83263 (42.231659281533, -111.5598479379)
  • There are 2 entrances to the cave to lead downward
  • Free to enter
  • Bring a jacket, its cold inside

Raspberry Shakes (or any for that matter)

  • This is a tradition and Bear Lake is known for their raspberries
  • Raspberries are in season late July and August, but you can get amazing shakes year round
  • Raspberry Days (parade, rodeo, fireworks and more) is held the first weekend in August (gets busy)

Bear Lake Wildlife Refuge

  • Located north of Bear Lake (10 miles from Montpelier) find more direction here
  • Take binoculars with you to enjoy the wildlife from a distance
  • Free for anyone to enter – can access it year round

Bridgerland Adventure Park

  • Located at 722 South First Light Drive, Garden City UT
  • Includes zipline, rope course, climbing wall, free fall, giant swing, axe throwing, tubing, bounce house, bungee trampoline, mini golf, disc golf and playground
  • Cost start at just $3.50 (checkout all the cost break down here)
  • Although we haven’t been here (yet) we’re always eyeing it when we drive into Garden City

Oregon California Trail Center

  • Located in Montpelier, Idaho
  • Cost is $12 for adults, $9 for youth and $5 for kids and open Wednesday through Saturday so plan accordingly

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