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 Lakefront Lodge on Eagle Point

This is one of the most spectacular homes in Big Bear! Situated directly on the Lake at Eagle Point, with expansive 180 degree west facing views of lake, mountains and our fabulous year round sunsets. It features custom full log construction with ...

EASTER LUXURY CABIN @ low price 150 steps to Marina/walk to Village * 5br for 12

LOWEST LUXURY CABIN NEAR LAKE/VILLAGE... $450 per night for month of APRIL - MAY***EXCLUDES HOLIDAYS (call for holiday rate) 5br/5ba cabin almost lakefront. The Lake - Marina and the Village practically at your doorstep. Take in the lakeviews f...

Cozy & Charming Lake View Cottage, Minutes from Snow Summit & Village, Hot Tub

Enjoy lake views from our recently renovated cabin, just steps from the lake, one mile from the village, and three miles from Snow Summit. The cabin combines the comfort of a high-end home with the charm of a mountain retreat ----- COMFORT...

Paradise Cove #662: 3 BR / 4 BA 5 star 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 ...

Scenic Lakefront Home at a Great Price

Located on a point and nestled among the boulders, this picturesque three bedroom, two bath lakefront home in Big Bear Lake offers truly breathtaking views from virtually every room of the house. Perfect for the writer, the painter, or for those w...

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