Jennifer’s Guidebook to Garden City & Bear Lake

Jennifer
Jennifer’s Guidebook to Garden City & Bear Lake

Things to Do

They do facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, and more! Great for a girl's trip, or for a special treat for your loved one. Their website is https://watersedgebearlake.com/thespa/
The Spa at Water’s Edge
88 South Bear Lake Boulevard
They do facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, and more! Great for a girl's trip, or for a special treat for your loved one. Their website is https://watersedgebearlake.com/thespa/
During the summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) you will find Epic Recreation on-site providing rentals just for Ideal Beach Resort guests. Summer Rentals: Top-of-the-line Boats, WaveRunners, WaterTramps, Stand Up Paddle Boards--all in the water, ready to go for your friends and family. They also offer boats, seadoos, paddleboards, kayaks, UTVs & more. Book with them in advance to guarantee your rental. Their website is https://www.epicrecreation.net.
Epic Recreation
201 North Bear Lake Boulevard
During the summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) you will find Epic Recreation on-site providing rentals just for Ideal Beach Resort guests. Summer Rentals: Top-of-the-line Boats, WaveRunners, WaterTramps, Stand Up Paddle Boards--all in the water, ready to go for your friends and family. They also offer boats, seadoos, paddleboards, kayaks, UTVs & more. Book with them in advance to guarantee your rental. Their website is https://www.epicrecreation.net.
The Bike Barn offers lots of different bike rentals for you to explore more of Garden City, including those fun surreys that can fit a family.
Bike Barn
The Bike Barn offers lots of different bike rentals for you to explore more of Garden City, including those fun surreys that can fit a family.
Bear Lake is sometimes called the Caribbean of the Rockies. This is because of the beautiful aqua color of the water. Though it’s hard to capture in photos, it does look a little bit like Aruba. The other great thing about the lake is that the beach is very shallowly sloped. This means that the water doesn’t get deep fast. In fact, we walked out nearly 100 yards and still didn’t get the water up much past our belly buttons. This makes it awesome for kids. It also means that the water is much warmer than it would be if it were deeper. So the beach at Bear Lake is incredible. In May, June, and September, the water is much cooler - maybe too cold for some. But hanging out on the water in a boat or jet ski is so much fun, regardless!
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Bear Lake is sometimes called the Caribbean of the Rockies. This is because of the beautiful aqua color of the water. Though it’s hard to capture in photos, it does look a little bit like Aruba. The other great thing about the lake is that the beach is very shallowly sloped. This means that the water doesn’t get deep fast. In fact, we walked out nearly 100 yards and still didn’t get the water up much past our belly buttons. This makes it awesome for kids. It also means that the water is much warmer than it would be if it were deeper. So the beach at Bear Lake is incredible. In May, June, and September, the water is much cooler - maybe too cold for some. But hanging out on the water in a boat or jet ski is so much fun, regardless!
Located about 15 miles north of Garden City, Paris, Idaho has several attractions that are worth your time (see below). Paris Ice Cave is a 10-mile drive on a dirt road, but it is our favorite site in the area. There are pillars of ice in a dark cave even in mid-July!
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Paris Ice Cave
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Located about 15 miles north of Garden City, Paris, Idaho has several attractions that are worth your time (see below). Paris Ice Cave is a 10-mile drive on a dirt road, but it is our favorite site in the area. There are pillars of ice in a dark cave even in mid-July!
If you’re not up for the drive out to the Ice Cave, at least drive up to Paris and see the LDS Tabernacle. Built in the 1880s, it is still a working church building today. Across the street is a small historical museum, too.
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Paris Tabernacle
109 S Main St
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If you’re not up for the drive out to the Ice Cave, at least drive up to Paris and see the LDS Tabernacle. Built in the 1880s, it is still a working church building today. Across the street is a small historical museum, too.
This beautiful refuge features birds and other animals and even a few hiking trails. We have seen moose, owls, peregrine falcons, osprey, and many water birds here.
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Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
322 N 4th St
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This beautiful refuge features birds and other animals and even a few hiking trails. We have seen moose, owls, peregrine falcons, osprey, and many water birds here.
If hiking is your thing, you can head up to the summit of Logan Canyon a few miles west of Garden City and hike to a 600-year-old limber pine tree. The hike is an easy 1.3 miles and very beautiful.
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Limber Pine Nature Trail
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If hiking is your thing, you can head up to the summit of Logan Canyon a few miles west of Garden City and hike to a 600-year-old limber pine tree. The hike is an easy 1.3 miles and very beautiful.
A beautiful alpine lake at the top of the mountain features a sweet rope swing and cool water. Best of all, you get to hike through the forest to get there. Bloomington Lake is beautiful, but busy. There is also an arch (natural bridge?) up in the rock walls up there.
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Bloomington Lake
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A beautiful alpine lake at the top of the mountain features a sweet rope swing and cool water. Best of all, you get to hike through the forest to get there. Bloomington Lake is beautiful, but busy. There is also an arch (natural bridge?) up in the rock walls up there.
Minnetonka Cave, in beautiful St. Charles Canyon northwest of Bear Lake, offers a half-mile of fascinating stalactites, stalagmites, and banded travertine in nine rooms. From mid-June until Labor Day, over 20,000 people visit the Cave and take the guided tours. The cave stays a brisk 40 degrees all year so bring your jacket! This large cave features guided tours given by the forest service. There are 9 different rooms in the cave, which ventures deep into the mountain where it is a cool 40 degrees and very beautiful.
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Minnetonka Cave Road
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Minnetonka Cave, in beautiful St. Charles Canyon northwest of Bear Lake, offers a half-mile of fascinating stalactites, stalagmites, and banded travertine in nine rooms. From mid-June until Labor Day, over 20,000 people visit the Cave and take the guided tours. The cave stays a brisk 40 degrees all year so bring your jacket! This large cave features guided tours given by the forest service. There are 9 different rooms in the cave, which ventures deep into the mountain where it is a cool 40 degrees and very beautiful.
Not far off the main Bear Lake Blvd, is a small pond for fishing. Garden City Pond has a walking trail around it, and a tiny playground. This is a great spot to escape the crowds.
Garden City Pond
579 Buttercup Blvd
Not far off the main Bear Lake Blvd, is a small pond for fishing. Garden City Pond has a walking trail around it, and a tiny playground. This is a great spot to escape the crowds.
The Bank of Montpelier was established in 1891 and in 1896 it was robbed by Butch Cassidy with his Wild Bunch Gang. Butch Cassidy Museum owners strive to preserve and protect this famous event in American history. They managed to save and restore the last standing bank in the world which was robbed by Butch Cassidy and his gang. This place is called Experience walking on the same floor like Butch Cassidy did! Free admission.
Butch Cassidy Museum
833 Washington St
The Bank of Montpelier was established in 1891 and in 1896 it was robbed by Butch Cassidy with his Wild Bunch Gang. Butch Cassidy Museum owners strive to preserve and protect this famous event in American history. They managed to save and restore the last standing bank in the world which was robbed by Butch Cassidy and his gang. This place is called Experience walking on the same floor like Butch Cassidy did! Free admission.
This place of worship is recognized as one of the true pioneer landmarks of the West and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1889, this Romanesque Mormon tabernacle was constructed of red sandstone that had to be transported by wagon or sled from a quarry 18 miles away. A free, self-guided tour reveals intricate wood ceilings and stone carvings. A small museum houses heirlooms and objects of art left by the homesteaders. Guided tours are also available.
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Paris Tabernacle
109 S Main St
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This place of worship is recognized as one of the true pioneer landmarks of the West and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1889, this Romanesque Mormon tabernacle was constructed of red sandstone that had to be transported by wagon or sled from a quarry 18 miles away. A free, self-guided tour reveals intricate wood ceilings and stone carvings. A small museum houses heirlooms and objects of art left by the homesteaders. Guided tours are also available.
Pioneer relics of early Mormon pioneer leader. The Woodruff families left Randolph in 1876, but ownership of their home did not pass to John Snowball until 1898. Wilford Woodruff was sustained as Church President in 1889, at age 82 years.
Wilford Woodruff Home
95 S Main St
Pioneer relics of early Mormon pioneer leader. The Woodruff families left Randolph in 1876, but ownership of their home did not pass to John Snowball until 1898. Wilford Woodruff was sustained as Church President in 1889, at age 82 years.
Renegade Raceway go-kart track is fun for the whole family. Rent the track for large groups, parties, reunions. No reservations required! Visit website for prices and hours.
Bear Lake Renegade Raceway Go-Karts
270 U.S. 89
Renegade Raceway go-kart track is fun for the whole family. Rent the track for large groups, parties, reunions. No reservations required! Visit website for prices and hours.
Zip lines, rope courses and a 350-foot slide. Restaurant with hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries and other foods. Climb inside the Zorb Ball (made of transparent plastic) and roll down the hill. Nine-hole Frisbee golf course. The lodge has a large gathering room and a large covered patio overlooking Bear Lake. To get there from Garden City drive 2.3 miles West to S Eutaw Rd. Turn right then right again onto First Light Drive. Drive 1/2 mile to the park.
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Bridgerland Adventure Park
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Zip lines, rope courses and a 350-foot slide. Restaurant with hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries and other foods. Climb inside the Zorb Ball (made of transparent plastic) and roll down the hill. Nine-hole Frisbee golf course. The lodge has a large gathering room and a large covered patio overlooking Bear Lake. To get there from Garden City drive 2.3 miles West to S Eutaw Rd. Turn right then right again onto First Light Drive. Drive 1/2 mile to the park.
Enjoy a wild west dining experience and family fun entertainment. Two musicals are preformed daily starting in June and ending in September.
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Pickleville Playhouse Theatre
2049 S Bear Lake Blvd
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Enjoy a wild west dining experience and family fun entertainment. Two musicals are preformed daily starting in June and ending in September.
Family Fun center, pizzeria, and snack bar. 10 bowling lanes with automatic scoring. Cosmic bowling and birthday parties. Hours 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., summer season Friday and Saturday nights 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Jolara Lanes
629 N 4th St
Family Fun center, pizzeria, and snack bar. 10 bowling lanes with automatic scoring. Cosmic bowling and birthday parties. Hours 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., summer season Friday and Saturday nights 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The 1 hour, and 2 hour trail rides feature a breathtaking view with rolling hills covered with aspens, pine trees, wild flowers, and grasses. Along with Majestic Mountain ranges that overlook the Bear Lake valley. Come see the fleeting deer among the aspens, the call of the mighty hawk, the great elk, and the occasional moose. Ride to the top of the world and look down at a stunning view of Bear Lake and the surrounding area. Our trail rides are unlike any other, you have full control. You can ride side by side or in single file. For more experienced riders, you can trot and lope along the trail as well as walk. Our trail rides are suitable for any type of riders.
MW Quarter Horses
589 North Round Valley Drive
The 1 hour, and 2 hour trail rides feature a breathtaking view with rolling hills covered with aspens, pine trees, wild flowers, and grasses. Along with Majestic Mountain ranges that overlook the Bear Lake valley. Come see the fleeting deer among the aspens, the call of the mighty hawk, the great elk, and the occasional moose. Ride to the top of the world and look down at a stunning view of Bear Lake and the surrounding area. Our trail rides are unlike any other, you have full control. You can ride side by side or in single file. For more experienced riders, you can trot and lope along the trail as well as walk. Our trail rides are suitable for any type of riders.
9-hole course, carts, club rentals, lessons, restaurant and lounge overlooking Bear Lake.
Bear Lake West Golf Course
554 Lewis Loop Road
9-hole course, carts, club rentals, lessons, restaurant and lounge overlooking Bear Lake.
Groceries, fresh produce, meat, dairy, drinks, snacks and coffee.
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Mikes Market
485 N Bear Lake Blvd
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Groceries, fresh produce, meat, dairy, drinks, snacks and coffee.

Food scene

Famous for it’s fresh raspberry shakes, this restaurant always has a line out front. You can get burgers and fries right in downtown Garden City at this local favorite.
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LaBeau's
69 N Bear Lake Blvd
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Famous for it’s fresh raspberry shakes, this restaurant always has a line out front. You can get burgers and fries right in downtown Garden City at this local favorite.
Teriyaki chicken, steak, pulled pork, chicken with salad and rice. Salads, sides and Snow Balls. Shakes and drinks.
Aloha Family Grill
105 West Logan Road
Teriyaki chicken, steak, pulled pork, chicken with salad and rice. Salads, sides and Snow Balls. Shakes and drinks.
They are a new Bistro & Bakery in town! They offer freshly made bakery treats in stock daily, and a selection of Paninis, Salads, and Charcuterie Boards. They serve coffee and espresso, lemonades, teas, and flavored sparkling waters.
Blue Water Bistro & Bakery
65 West Logan Road
They are a new Bistro & Bakery in town! They offer freshly made bakery treats in stock daily, and a selection of Paninis, Salads, and Charcuterie Boards. They serve coffee and espresso, lemonades, teas, and flavored sparkling waters.
This restaurant offers the perfect combination of quality with an affordable family & child-friendly ambiance.
Bear Trapper Restaurant
216 South Bear Lake Boulevard
This restaurant offers the perfect combination of quality with an affordable family & child-friendly ambiance.
This is one of my absolute FAVORITE places to eat in Garden City, UT during the summer. Ruca's is fun, delicious, and unique. They serve breakfast, coffee, espresso, gourmet salads, and sandwiches and have a great outdoor eating environment. They are only open from Memorial Day-Labor Day. My favorite menu item is one of their famous Æbelskivers (a fluffy Danish pancake ball). I love the Red, White and Blue and the Razzle Dazzle
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Ruca's
284 South Bear Lake Boulevard
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This is one of my absolute FAVORITE places to eat in Garden City, UT during the summer. Ruca's is fun, delicious, and unique. They serve breakfast, coffee, espresso, gourmet salads, and sandwiches and have a great outdoor eating environment. They are only open from Memorial Day-Labor Day. My favorite menu item is one of their famous Æbelskivers (a fluffy Danish pancake ball). I love the Red, White and Blue and the Razzle Dazzle
Pizzeria offering stone-fired specialty pizzas and calzones, baked sandwiches, pastas and more.
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Firehouse Pizzeria
50 S Bear Lake Blvd
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Pizzeria offering stone-fired specialty pizzas and calzones, baked sandwiches, pastas and more.
Restaurant with delicious food, and a Sports Bar with Live Music on the weekends.
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Cooper's Restaurant & Sports
554 Lewis Loop
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Restaurant with delicious food, and a Sports Bar with Live Music on the weekends.
Moose Buns is a quick service drive through and walk up coffee shop that serves crazy-good cinnamon buns, hot-cold-blended beverages and seasonal breakfast and lunch items.
Moose Buns
220 West 10 South
Moose Buns is a quick service drive through and walk up coffee shop that serves crazy-good cinnamon buns, hot-cold-blended beverages and seasonal breakfast and lunch items.
Burgers, Fish & Chips, Chicken and Sandwiches. Shakes and ice cream shop with all the most popular flavors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ephraim's Restaurant
35 South Bear Lake Boulevard
Burgers, Fish & Chips, Chicken and Sandwiches. Shakes and ice cream shop with all the most popular flavors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You HAVE to go to the Chocolate Bear!! It's my favorite place to visit when I go there. It's right next to the Bear Trapper Restaurant. I always get some of their homemade fudge or other candies, their Raspberry Lemonade mix, and some of their homemade cinnamon rolls. They make these fresh daily so you want to get there early to get them. They also make amazing homemade raspberry jam. You can also get homemade chocolate-dipped raspberries and treats, syrup, honey, brittle, popcorn, and more.
Chocolate Bear
240 South Bear Lake Boulevard
You HAVE to go to the Chocolate Bear!! It's my favorite place to visit when I go there. It's right next to the Bear Trapper Restaurant. I always get some of their homemade fudge or other candies, their Raspberry Lemonade mix, and some of their homemade cinnamon rolls. They make these fresh daily so you want to get there early to get them. They also make amazing homemade raspberry jam. You can also get homemade chocolate-dipped raspberries and treats, syrup, honey, brittle, popcorn, and more.