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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. ”
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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.”
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Zoo
“Located across the street from Bear Mountain Ski Resort, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven, temporarily while they heal, or permanently, as they are unable to survive on their own. Animals include foxes, eagles, bears, deer, wolves, leopards, and more!”
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Diner
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“This popular breakfast/lunch restaurant has delicious (unhealthy) food, friendly service, and huge portions. ”
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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.”
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Tourist Information Center
“Lots of fun for the kids and family if you enjoy nature, learning and hiking.”
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American Restaurant
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“553 Pine Knot Ave Casual setting with indoor & outdoor seating serves all-American dishes plus beer, wine & cocktails.”
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Music Venue
“Big Bear’s premier venue for bands or entertainment. They offer top talent all year round. ”
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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.”
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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!”
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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. ”
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Bar
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“Murray's has all the local flavor be sure to stop in for a beverage and a fantastic burger. ”
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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 ;)”
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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.”
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Trail
“Castle Rock Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.”
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Grocery Store
“Has everything you need to stick up on food & snacks. They have a good floral department and even a Starbucks inside. ”
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