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Things to do in Big Bear

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“The Big Bear Ropes Course is located in the Big Bear Snow Play campus. Self guided ropes course, through 37 obstacles spread over 6400 sqft, 12 to 35 feet up in the air”
  • 66 locals recommend
African Restaurant
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“Voted Big Bear’s best burger. Love the tater tots and milkshakes. Huli huli chicken on Monday’s.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Breakfast and lunch spot within walking distance or a short drive. Outdoor patio is dog-friendly.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“What an awesome experience and REALLY close. Head over to the airport and book a tour.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“BEST pizza!! Hands down! This place is amazingly delicious! Order pizza hot, or bring it back to the cabin and bake it in the oven. Either way, it is always a hit and so yummy. Try their salads too! Amazing flavors and always fresh. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Cinnamon Pecan French Toast is worth the calories. I'm happily thinking about it as I write this....... Also any of the Benedicts are great choices. Alex loves the Irish Benedict with Thelma's homemade corned beef hash. And Mimosas are available ; ) Cash Only but there is an atm onsite. My favorite local "hearty" Big Bear City breakfast spot. They make great apple dumplings and homemade pies abound. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great Meats! - very close by and convenient, they usually have a deal on some tasty meats and enough of a selection if you need other basic necessities.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Museum
“You’ll love Big Bear’s Historical Museum for an easy walking tour and eye-opening educational experience. Learn about the gold rush in the 1800’s, the second largest in California, and Big Bear’s rich history with Hollywood. Only open in the summer and during certain days. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Convention Center
“Activities year-round and home of the famous Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest! Weekly farmer's market and Friday night live music in the summer and Xmas boutique with Santa in the winter.”
  • 20 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Classic American chow with full bar, live music and line dancing. This is also Big Bear's Convention Center (yes, we are a very small town), and where Oktoberfest, Christmas Fair, and Farmer's Markets takes place”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Looks can be deceiving. This sandwich shop has it all. Everything from sandwiches, burgers, & chili to vegetarian options, this little gem is perfect for everyone. They even have a kids menu!”
  • 16 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“One of the largest and most authentic Oktoberfests on the West Coast. Wear your lederhosen!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Big Bear Best Kept Secret! Have lunch or dinner next to the runway. Watch the planes and helicopter land and take off. You'll find something for everyone, including delicious German specialties. Enjoy Live Music Every Saturday Night. MY PERSONAL FAVORITES: Lobster Eggs Benedict. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good old fashion Mexican food with no frills. Don't want to get fancy but need a good enchilada, check out this place.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Equestrian center, pumpkin patches, sunflower fields and goat yoga...just a great place to visit.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

African Restaurant
“Voted Big Bear’s best burger. Love the tater tots and milkshakes. Huli huli chicken on Monday’s.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“BEST pizza!! Hands down! This place is amazingly delicious! Order pizza hot, or bring it back to the cabin and bake it in the oven. Either way, it is always a hit and so yummy. Try their salads too! Amazing flavors and always fresh. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Cinnamon Pecan French Toast is worth the calories. I'm happily thinking about it as I write this....... Also any of the Benedicts are great choices. Alex loves the Irish Benedict with Thelma's homemade corned beef hash. And Mimosas are available ; ) Cash Only but there is an atm onsite. My favorite local "hearty" Big Bear City breakfast spot. They make great apple dumplings and homemade pies abound. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Classic American chow with full bar, live music and line dancing. This is also Big Bear's Convention Center (yes, we are a very small town), and where Oktoberfest, Christmas Fair, and Farmer's Markets takes place”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Looks can be deceiving. This sandwich shop has it all. Everything from sandwiches, burgers, & chili to vegetarian options, this little gem is perfect for everyone. They even have a kids menu!”
  • 16 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“One of the largest and most authentic Oktoberfests on the West Coast. Wear your lederhosen!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Big Bear Best Kept Secret! Have lunch or dinner next to the runway. Watch the planes and helicopter land and take off. You'll find something for everyone, including delicious German specialties. Enjoy Live Music Every Saturday Night. MY PERSONAL FAVORITES: Lobster Eggs Benedict. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good old fashion Mexican food with no frills. Don't want to get fancy but need a good enchilada, check out this place.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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