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Things to do in Big Bear Lake

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.
Lodging
“Bear Mountain is known for it's park design! It also has Southern California’s only halfpipes and largest learning area. There is a inter-resort shuttle that goes from Snow Summit to Bear Mountain every 30 minutes. It's often easier to find parking at Bear Mountain resort! ”
  • 141 locals recommend
Ski Area
“If you're looking to Ski / Sbowboard, this is the most popular spot on the Mountain. ”
  • 119 locals recommend
Zoo
“The zoo is newly remodeled and houses animals that are not able to be in the wild. It's a super fun place to spend the day with family and friends.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Go to the Discovery Center for trail maps, tours, activities for the kids, and more. Currently under remodel, the center is slated to re-open in July 2020. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Diner
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“Huge breakfast in a small place. If you want to eat here get there early the line will get loooong.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Located in Downtown Big Bear, the Alpine Slides is the place to go if you have kids. Take them on a electrifying bobsled ride down the mountain, make a splash going down the waterslides, or in the winter, go tubing.”
  • 101 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great Food, great atmosphere, located one mile from the cabin in Big Bear Lake Village”
  • 79 locals recommend
Music Venue
“This venue for live entertainment has become a great evening hot spot for us! Just about every weekend has a great band or comedy show! Check the website to find out whos playing while you're in town!”
  • 73 locals recommend
Bar
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“Murray's has been serving Big Bear for over 25 years. They are an Irish pub serving Burgers, Sandwiches, Beer and Bloody Marys. They have nine TVs with satellites, so you can catch all the football games. Karaoke nights and pool tables”
  • 61 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Saucy Mama's has the best pizza in Big Bear (and maybe San Bernadino County) and a solid selection of craft beer.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“It is a very popular hang out area, always a lot of people (hence the name), they gravitate toward the fire pits and the bar. Eclectic menu, lots of salad, fresh and organic. Live music on weekends. Outdoor seating with fire pits. MY PERSONAL FAVORITES: salads”
  • 87 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a popular trail with great views of the lake form the top, after you do a little boulder scrambling.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“offers year round entertainment with 16 bowling lanes open to the public daily. We offer bumper bowling for the youngsters and glow bowling every night.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Big Bear. Off the beaten path—on Big Bear Blvd on the way towards Big Bear City— it has really good grub! A local favorite!”
  • 58 locals recommend
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
Italian Restaurant
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“Dine In. Take Out. Order for Delivery! It is right next to VONS in the Interlaken Village ”
  • 48 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“Huge breakfast in a small place. If you want to eat here get there early the line will get loooong.”
  • 111 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great Food, great atmosphere, located one mile from the cabin in Big Bear Lake Village”
  • 79 locals recommend
Bar
“Murray's has been serving Big Bear for over 25 years. They are an Irish pub serving Burgers, Sandwiches, Beer and Bloody Marys. They have nine TVs with satellites, so you can catch all the football games. Karaoke nights and pool tables”
  • 61 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Saucy Mama's has the best pizza in Big Bear (and maybe San Bernadino County) and a solid selection of craft beer.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It is a very popular hang out area, always a lot of people (hence the name), they gravitate toward the fire pits and the bar. Eclectic menu, lots of salad, fresh and organic. Live music on weekends. Outdoor seating with fire pits. MY PERSONAL FAVORITES: salads”
  • 87 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Big Bear. Off the beaten path—on Big Bear Blvd on the way towards Big Bear City— it has really good grub! A local favorite!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Dine In. Take Out. Order for Delivery! It is right next to VONS in the Interlaken Village ”
  • 48 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“Voted Big Bear’s best burger. Love the tater tots and milkshakes. Huli huli chicken on Monday’s.”
  • 17 locals recommend

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