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Best things to do in Big Bear Lake

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Ski Area
“This is a great place to ski or snowboard. They have all kinds of classes to get you started or to tune you up. Plenty of places to eat here as well. ”
126 locals recommend
Lodging
“Enjoy Southern California's best lift-served mountain bike park, hiking, a nine-hole golf course, and many other family-friendly activities. And of course, go snowboarding or skiing in the wintertime.”
139 locals recommend
Zoo
“One of the two Alpine zoos in the US this is a nice little size and takes about an hour or maybe more if you stay for the daily presentations. You'll see Bald Eagles, Wolves, Bears, Mountain Lions, Foxes and Coyotes up very close. Kids under 3 are free.”
113 locals recommend
Diner
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“This popular breakfast/lunch restaurant has delicious (unhealthy) food, friendly service, and huge portions. ”
104 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Great place for family fun. Mini Golf, Seated zipline, water slide and the Alpine Slide. 1/4 mile long bobsled-like experience. Ride the chair lift to the top of the hill and slide in your sled all the way down. Concession stand and plenty of parking.”
92 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Lots of fun for the kids and family if you enjoy nature, learning and hiking.”
105 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“553 Pine Knot Ave Casual setting with indoor & outdoor seating serves all-American dishes plus beer, wine & cocktails.”
74 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Big Bear’s premier venue for bands or entertainment. They offer top talent all year round. ”
79 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“If you like pizza and are not on a budget, this is the place for you. Nice atmosphere, but there are some pizza places a little closer to the cabin.”
63 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Big Bear Snow Play, once a ski hill known as Rebel Ridge, sports the longest runs in Southern California, serviced by a Magic Carpet uphill lift that eliminates the tiring uphill struggle through snow. Lift-assisted inner tubing lets parents and children conserve their energy for the thrilling downhill twists and turns and not on walking uphill!”
59 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Great place to get together and bowl a few frames. Family friendly and they offer galactic bowling on designated nights. ”
58 locals recommend
Bar
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“Murray's has all the local flavor be sure to stop in for a beverage and a fantastic burger. ”
59 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“There are many Mexican restaurants in Big Bear and Hacienda Grill is a good choice if you want a sit down meal and a full bar. Relatively big place with happy hour options and a big salsa bar - in addition to the alcohol bar ;)”
59 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Live band and vibrant outdoor seating. We love taking our families here to sit back, have dinner, and enjoy live music. Get here early as it can get crowded with long waits.”
76 locals recommend
Trail
“Looking for that special shot of the lake? The top of Castle Rock is where everyone gets it. Parking can be tricky as there is limited space on Big Bear Boulevard and car traffic has to navigate tight corners; be careful crossing the street. This is a very popular trail, so you'll likely have other hikers as company. It's a constant climb, steep in some spots, for 2-3 miles. Turn around during the climb for great views. Climbing Castle Rock itself is physically demanding; I'd only recommend it for confident climbers wearing the right footwear.”
63 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“Has everything you need to stick up on food & snacks. They have a good floral department and even a Starbucks inside. ”
84 locals recommend