If you’re headed to Southern California, then you definitely need to visit Skypark at Santa’s Village. We’re sharing the top 10 things to do at this fun outdoor adventure park that gets the kids active, outside, and having a wonderful time!
Nestled in the lush forest trees high in the mountains in lovely Lake Arrowhead sits Skypark at Santa’s Village, an outdoor adventure park for kids and adults of all ages.
It’s easy to forget about work, social media, and everything else while there is so much fun to be had outside. Our family headed up there recently and fell in love with the rustic, quaint, and adventurous Skypark at Santa’s Village.
More About Skypark at Santa’s Village
The park opened decades ago, just before Disneyland, and has had its’ ups and downs throughout the years. This Southern California park has survived multiple fires, bankruptcies, abandonment, and squatters.
Now it’s a wonderful retreat for families to escape to and enjoy outdoor adventures and activities. We visited during the summer, and can’t wait to experience the park in the winter too!
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We’re sharing our top 10 things to do at Skypark at Santa’s Village with you today and a video of all our fun so you can see what everything was like.
Top 10 Things to Do at Skypark at Santa’s Village
#1 The Zip Line
Our kids LOVED flying above the trees on the 600 foot long zip line 30 feet above the ground!
All safety equipment is provided, just be sure to wear close-toed shoes to ride. The zip line is first come first served, so be sure to head up there first to sign up for a return time during the day.
This was definitely the highlight of my kids’ day!
#2 Mountain Bike Trails
The mountain bike trails at Skypark at Santa’s Village are in a league of their own. There are multiple trails with varying degrees of difficulty for beginner to advanced riders.
The trails are complete with berms and jumps and gorgeous mountain scenery along the way. You can bring your own bikes and helmets, or rent them from the park.
#3 30 Foot Rock Climbing Tower
My boys love anything they can climb, so the 30 foot tall rock climbing tower at the Skypark was a big hit with them!
They made it to the top multiple times, and even timed themselves to try to beat their record. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss!
Some of the sides are easier and others are harder, so be sure to ask if you have a preference before climbing. There’s also a whole climbing room for the younger kids, where kids can climb up any of the walls.
#4 Axe Throwing
I’ve always wanted to try axe throwing, so I was really excited about this one. It totally lived up to my expectations, and I think I just might be part viking, haha. See the proof below!
It felt pretty amazing to throw axes at a giant rustic wood slice, then go pull it out and try again.
They give you a lot of time to throw the axe and we felt really safe since we were each enclosed in our own throwing area by ourselves. I highly recommend this one!
My younger kids had never had the chance to try archery, so they were pretty excited for this one.
They had bows in all different sizes for all of our sizes. There was even a Nerf bow and arrow for my toddler daughter, which was pretty cool.
#6 Gemstone and Arrowhead Mining
This was one of the very few things that had an extra cost, but it was 100% worth it! For $7, you can pick a large bag filled with sand and either gemstones or arrowheads (you choose which one).
After we bought our bags, we emptied them into a sifting tray and watched the sand slowly wash away. We heard happy squeals from the kiddos as their gemstones and arrowheads were revealed.
There were actually quite a bit of gemstones or arrowheads in each bag! The kids loved comparing their gemstones with the ones on the charts to learn their names.
We may or may not have gone back into the store multiple times to buy more bags. This was actually one of my favorite spots in the park too!
#7 Red Riders
The whole family got in on this activity, even our three-year-old!
We each had our own spot and Red Rider that went through a hole in a clear sheet of plexiglass. It was set up really well and we felt very safe.
We had our choice of targets, all in different sizes at different heights. It was SO much fun!
Once my kiddos got the hang of using the sights, they had great aim. There’s a satisfying little ping sound when you hit the target that we loved.
#8 Roller Skating
As soon as I entered the rink I was instantly taken back to my elementary school aged days, where I practically lived in my roller skates. Turns out roller skating is kind of like riding a bike.
Whizzing around on the rented skates was amazing, and I got to show my kids how to skate and give them a few pointers.
You can choose to check out roller skates or blades. After practicing for a little while, I definitely saw improvement in my kids, and I have to admit, they were impressed with my skating skills!
#9 Skypark at Santa’s Village Train Ride
Guests of all ages can enjoy the train ride tour that loops through Santa’s Village and points out the different buildings and attractions at Skypark at Santa’s Village.
This was my toddler’s favorite activity of the day, so of course we had to ride it multiple times.
#10 The Tasty Food
Smoked brisket and prime rib, pizza, sandwiches, and ice cream were just a few of the food we ate throughout the day at the different restaurants at Skypark.
Everything we tried tasted amazing, and we were very impressed with the selection and quality of the food. Definitely go hungry so you don’t miss out!
Helpful Tips for a Great Day at Skypark at Santa’s Village
- Be sure to wear clothes-toed shoes. Many of the activities require them, and you’ll be more comfortable walking up and down the hills with them anyway.
- If you want to ride the zipline, be sure to head over there first thing to sign up for a time slot. They fill up quickly!
- Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. While lots of the areas have shade, you still want to protect yourself from the bright sun.
- Stay hydrated. Bring water bottles that you can sip on throughout the day.
We had a wonderful time on our adventure at Skypark at Santa’s Village, and can’t wait to come back in winter when there is snow.
Thanks so much Skypark at Santa’s Village for having us!