Big Bear Top Activities

Top Activities

There are so many things to do here. From vigorous outdoor activities to relaxation and luxury. We've put together a list of the "Must Do's" for your visit.

Many of the activities in Big Bear are centered around the outdoors. When you visit, be sure to brings lots of sunscreen and proper footwear! In Big Bear there are a number of hikes and trails that people of all ages can enjoy. Both the winter and summer seasons are popular between both locals and visitors alike. The list below is some of our favorites and hopefully they will be yours too!

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

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Who doesn’t love an alpine slide???!!!! For a fun family day in Big Bear, young and old alike can enjoy the thrill of racing down the mountain at California’s only authentic bobsled ride. Alpine slide is the best way to take in the beauty of the area, while getting your heart racing and blood pumping all at the same time. Arrive early to find the best parking spot and avoid the wait in the long lines. The park also features food and drink, go karts and an 18 hole mini golf course. Credit cards are not accepted, so remember to bring cash, or use the ATM on site to replenish your funds upon arrival.

800 Wild Rose Lane, Big Bear, CA 92315 :: 909-866-4626

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Big Bear Lake and Miss Liberty Paddle Boat

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People love visiting Big Bear Lake year round as there is so much peace and tranquility paired with the most stunning views of lake, forest and mountain. Enjoy a crisp walk or snow shoe around the lake in the winter months, while in the summer, boating, kayaking, and fishing are on the must do list. With an abundance of quality rainbow trout and bass fish thriving in these waters, this location is an appealing spot for freshwater anglers. For those wishing to explore without all the fuss, Big Bear Lake offers informative and entertaining boat tours from the decks of its famous paddle boat, the Miss Liberty. Remember to grab a one of a kind memento at Brown Bear Gift Shop, 675 Pine Knot Blvd, before heading back.

Castle Rock Trail

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This 3.2 mile steep uphill climb is well worth the effort. At an even pace, you can expect to reach the top of the trail within 30 minutes. Once there, you will be blown away by the view! Arrive early to secure a parking spot at the base of the trail head, as parking is limited. This is one of those hikes that is well worth the trip!

630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 :: 909-866-7000


Big Bear Historical Museum

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Travel back to the days of yore and be transformed to the ways of a life in simpler times long before video games, cell phones and the internet! The history of the people who settled in Big Bear long ago is a fun way to learn about the stunning wilderness that surrounds you and the people who worked the land. The volunteers here are helpful and informative and will show you how to be a blacksmith and weld metal into tools, explain how classes were taught at the old school house, and even let you pan for gold! Kids are free with a $5 adult admission ticket. 

630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear, CA :: (909) 585-8100


Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge

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Those who visit Big Bear already have a love for nature and its native habitat. What better way to show your support for these rescued animals, then by visiting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo! You’ll see snow leopards, mountain lines, bald eagles, and of course, the popular grizzly bear! Not only will you enjoy hearing tales about the animals that are cared for while getting up close and personal, but your contributions can help save, nurture and care for another animal. The zoo is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

43285 Gold Mine Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92314 :: (909) 584-1299

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