Four Seasons of Activities in Big Bear

Things to Do in Big Bear

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The beautiful mountain shadows on the lake and the incredible forests surrounding Big Bear, California, make it a picturesque vacation spot. While offering the best of skiing and snowboarding, Big Bear vacation rentals are also close to plenty to do in warmer weather and indoors.


Paisley Boutique has the best clothes and jewelry for the highest fashion sense, and Sugarloaf Mountain Traders specializes in household linens, beads, and vintage items. A collection of yarns and needlework supplies also has its place in the Big Bear shops at Yarn Designers Boutique and Susan’s Needlearts. There are also plenty of outfitters for snowboarders, skiers, and other active vacationers.


Big Bear knows how to let vacationers relax, so take advantage of the spas in the area. With a great facial, pedicure, and manicure, you will be a new person after your vacation. You can also call on Mountain Mobile Massage, which will come right to your vacation home and give you an on-site massage.

Trails and Exercise

Big Bear has developed a wide range of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. You can also find a zipline, a beautiful golf course, and several tennis courts in the area. Off-road tours have become a favorite attraction lately, particularly the Holcomb Valley Gold Rush Expedition, which takes passengers off the beaten path to the gold fever trail, and then heads to some old gold mining sites. Children will love the excitement and interaction of this trip. Also for families is the Baldwin Lake Petting Zoo, and the Moonridge Animal Park, where families can see alpine wildlife in their natural habitat.

Snow Sports

Not only are there great ski and snowboarding slopes, you can also go out on snowshoe tours for a more unusual look at the California landscape. Big Bear is also known for its incredible tubing and sledding hills. Magic Carpet supplies a lift for this hill, making it a much less exhausting day trip.

Water Activities

Water activities near Big Bear Lake rentals have continued to expand, including jet skiing, jet boat rides, parasailing, wakeboarding, and water skiing. You can either rent your own equipment, or you can hire a boat and team for the day. Fishing and boat excursions are a great day trip as well. Guided canoe tours are a good choice to find the most beautiful areas, as well as to get a little more understanding about the history and nature of the area. You can also take a tour on a replica pirate ship, or on a river paddle boat.

Indoor Entertainment

For a rainy day, you can still have days of fun with the indoor attractions in Big Bear. Take your family to play laser tag, or head to the Discovery Center to learn more about the natural world and how to take care of the earth. The city regularly has programs for children, and you can spend plenty of time learning about the history of Big Bear at the Big Bear Historical Museum.

Town Events in Big Bear

With such an involved community, you will enjoy getting a taste of the culture of Big Bear. Head to the community musical on Friday, or spend some time with the Antique Car Club on Sunday. Don’t forget the Old Time Bear Country Fair at Moonridge Animal Farm as well. For music, mark your calendar for Twilight Musical Festival, and Blues for the Zoo, two of many music events in the city.

Whatever brings you to the shoreline and mountain air of Big Bear Lake, enjoy the many different activities that the town and its surroundings have to offer.


Big Bear Lake Vacation Rentals

Luxury Lake View Home with Game Room, Hot Tub, Free phone/WiFi

Luxury Lake View Home can host your active family or just the two of you on a romantic getaway. Enjoy Snow Summit and the Village 1 mile away, Bear Mountain at 1.5 miles or play in the lake one street away. Truly a year round vacation location. Af...

Lake Front Home on Metcalf Bay, Sunset Views, Private Deep Water Dock

This charming lake front cottage is located in one of Big Bear's finest neighborhoods. Nestled in the trees at the end of quiet Gilner Point on Metcalf Bay, the home is situated on one of the best view lots on the lake. A private hot tub is avail...

Eagles Nest #314: 5 BR / 6 BA 5 star - big bear luxury in Big Bear Lake, Sleeps 14

An incredible 5500 sq ft, 5 bedroom, 5 1/2 bathroom lakefront home with boat dock (Water too low for boat dock this year) and outdoor spa! This home is beautifully furnished and decorated and just the vacation destination for you. The comfortable...

Paradise Cove #662: 3 BR / 4 BA 5 star - big bear luxury in Big Bear Lake, Sleeps 8

Click here for Virtual Tour Paradise Cove is a beautiful three bedroom, four bath home with private boat dock (Water level too low for boat and dock this season), outdoor spa and pool ...

Lakefront Custom Luxury Retreat, Panoramic Views, Private Dock and Beach

Possibly the best lakefront location in all of Big Bear to enjoy a memorable vacation with family & friends. This home defines old world charm with all the amenities you would want. This 3,000 S.F. retreat boasts 4 bedrooms and a loft, 3 1/2 bath...

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