Big Bear Lake Things to Do


Jet skies and Waverunners are fun for all ages!

Choose to cruise Big Bear Lake and explore all the bays along the shoreline of Big Bear Lake or go for speed and use the 650 to 1,200 CC engines that output as much as 140HP to fly across the lake!

For more information about rates and availability please visit:

North Shore Landing
38573 North Shore Dr.
Fawnskin, CA 92315

There are several different ways to spend time on or in Big Bear Lake.  Stand up paddle boards are a great way to work out and experience the water in a little bit different way.  

For more information about paddleboard rentals visit:

Big Bear Marina

500 Paine Court

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 866-3218

Set sail aboard Big Bear's only Pirate Ship!

Enjoy this unique tour of Big Bear Lake on a 1/3rd scale replica of a Spanish Galleon, complete with Captain and Pirates!

The boat was built by father and son in the 60's - 70's and was used in the 1981 release "Time Bandit".  It was also used as a tour boat in the Los Angeles Harbor and Newport Beach. It was later refurbished and modified and moved to Big Bear Lake.

For more information about availability and reservations please visit:

Big Bear Boating

North Shore Landing

38573 North Shore Drive

Fawnskin, CA 92315

(909) 866-4386



Soaring five hundred feet above Big Bear Lake parasailing is an amazing experience for all ages. Learn what it's like to be soaring like an eagle!!

For information regarding rates and availability please visit:

Big Bear Parasail
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day
Daily 8AM-6PM

If you want to experience the best views Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains have to offer, you will want to take a ride on the scenic Snow Summit Sky Chair. The ride is perfect for hikers, mountain bikers or just to take in the view. At an elevation of 8200 feet you will be able to enjoy panoramic views during your 15 min ride up the mountain.

Once you arrive at the top you can visit the View Haus and have lunch or a drink on the deck to take in the views that location has to offer. You can take a short walk on the Mountaintop trail and decide if you want to use the hiking trail to decent back to Big Bear or just get back on the chair that will take you back down to the base in Big Bear.

Snow Summit Mountain Resort
880 Summit Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-5766

Big Bear is a mountain biking destination in Southern California.  Our world-class mountain biking region has more than one hundred miles of trails and forest service roads to satisfy bikers of all ages and skill levels.  Snow Summit boasts a downhill bike park allowing you to ride the sky lift to the top and bike down!


Snow Summit Mountain Resort

880 Summit Blvd.

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(844) GO2-BEAR

Golfing in the mountains, 7,000 feet to be exact, is an experience even novice golfers will enjoy. Legend has it that your golfball will travel further at altitude! The Big Bear golf course offers beautiful views of the mountains as you walk or ride the course. 

Try Geocaching!! What is Geocaching you may ask? It is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. 

Upon arriving at Big Bear Vacations, you will receive your Passport to Adventure for geocaching.  There are prizes to be won and beautiful scenery to gaze upon when you embark on this awesome experience.

Experience Big Bear's landscape in a totally new way! 

Action Zipline Tours offers an exciting year-around three hour tour that lets you explore the mountains from a new perspective.   The tour is weather permitting and starts with an off road ride in a Jeep.  It's great for families, team building, retreats, large groups or just the adventure seeker in you! 

For more information about the tour visit:

Action Zipline Tours
41647 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
office: 909.866.0390

Take a step back in time. Picture the first people of Big Bear Lake, living off the land. Imagine watching the ranchers drive their cattle down Rattlesnake Canyon to the San Bernadino Valley. Perhaps participating in the gold rush, or building the dams.  All of the abundant history surrounding our beautiful Big Bear Valley, can be found at the Big Bear History Museum.

Big Bear Historical Museum

800-B Greenway Dr.

Big Bear City, CA 92314


Leave the pavement and explore the world of off roading!  Whether you choose a guided tour in a Pinzgauer, or a guided Jeep tour you are sure to have an adventure while enjoying the less traveled paths of Big Bear Lake.

Visit Big Bear Adventures at:

Or, visit Big Bear Jeep Experience at:

Big Bear Marina offers kayaks and canoe rentals for those that want to exercise a little or want to experience the quiet solitude of the Lake.



Big Bear Marina
500 Paine Court
PO Box 1844
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Canoeing offers a peaceful way to take in the views around Big Bear Lake, maybe cast a fishing line out and relax by going as fast or slow as you'd like to oar!  This is a great activity for people of all ages and ability.

For more information about rates and availability please visit:

Captain Johns Fawn Harbor & Marina

39369 North Shore Drive #350

Fawnskin CA 92333

(909) 366-5109



Smell the pinetrees, dip your feet in the lake on a hot afternoon, sleep under the stars and fall in love with nature. There are many camping options in Big Bear.  RV's, tents, and cabins ranging from rustic to luxurious.  Regardless of the accomodations you choose being in the great outdoors is excellent for the mind and spirit. 

Here are is a link to campsites located in Big Bear Lake:



Open daily during the summer season, the double water slide takes riders down two twisting and turning flumes filled with refreshing, cool water......and dumps them splashing into the heated pool at the bottom!


Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

800 Wildrose Lane

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Phone: 909-866-4626

Have sail boat will travel! There's nothing quite like sailing - especially sailing on beautiful Big Bear Lake.  Slice through the water while enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains.

There are two (2) public launch sites in Big Bear.  Duane Boyer Public Launch Ramp, 38925 North Shore Drive (about 2 miles east of the dam) and Carol Morrison Public Launch Ramp, 41911 North Shore Drive (1/4 mile west of Stanfield Cutoff).

For information regarding Big Bear Lake Rules and Regulations regarding watercraft please visit:

Action Tours has added tree climbing to their activities list!  There are so many different ways to see Big Bear Lake, why not climb a tree?!  Each tour is guided and includes proper climbing gear during this guided tour. Each tour is approximately three (3) hours and each guest can expect at least four climbs ranging from 8' to 45' in the air!

For more information about rates and availability please visit:

Action Tree Climbing

41693 Big Bear Blvd., Ste. A.

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 866-0390

Sodi Kart's RT8 - mini race cars!!! Pick your racer nickname and race against the clock to see how many laps you can run to beat your opponents time.  Bragging rights among your friends and/or family.  This is definitley an activity almost any age can enjoy.


Big Bear Speedway

42825 Big Bear Blvd.

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 585-0075

Cruise around Big Bear Lake on the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat Tour. The tour is a ninety minute narrated ride with Big Bear Valley history.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains. The lower level is enclosed and heated. The upper level is open for fresh air viewing.


Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat

439 Pine Knot Ave.

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


Interested in starting an aviation journey? Ever wonder what Big Bear Lake looks like from the sky?  If you are between the ages of 8 and 17, your first flight is free!

For more information about this program visit:



There are two mountains to choose from when coming to Big Bear Lake to ski.  Snow Summit and Bear Mountain - but why choose?  Ski both! Bunny slopes to Double Black diamond courses are here waiting for you to challenge your current level of ability!

Rates and ski conditions for Bear Mountain are at:

Rates and ski conditions for Snow Summit are at: www.snowsummit

Shred down the mountain this winter on your snowboard! Bear Mountain boasts an amazing terrain park on the nearly 200 acre winter playground, offering 4 pipes, b oxes, rails, logs and tanks and more than 100 snow features and more jibs than you'll know what to do with!

For more information about snowboarding please visit:


Sledding is a winter tradition just about everywhere you go! Bring out your inner child and sled down the hill in the snow. You can even go sledding in the dark!

For information about rates please visit: 


Big Bear Snow Play

42825 Big Bear Blvd.

Big Bear Lake, CA


Trekking into the mountains on snowshoes is one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery while escaping the crowds and enjoying the peaceful serenity of winter in Big Bear Lake. 

For more information about snowshoeing experiences please visit:

Year Round

Mount up and experience the beauty of Big Bear on horseback. Offering year round riding, you can book hourly, half-day, sunset and overnight rides and tours through the San Bernadino National Forest. 

For more information visit:


Baldwin Lake Stables

46475 Pioneertown Road

Big Bear City, CA 92314


Experience the Alpine Slides in the Summer and most of the Year (Weather Permitting).

Start your experience by using the chairlift and enjoying the view of the San Bernardino Mountains. Then thrill yourself with a bobsleigh experience. The runners are made out of Teflon with ball bearing wheels and the rider controls the speed with the control handle.

For more information contact

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wildrose Lane
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

The Cave is a one-of-a-kind concert and comedy venure in Big Bear Village. The Cave is the perect mix of location, amenitites and amazing live entertainment!

To get more information about upcoming shows and availability visit:

The Cave

40789 Village Drive

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 878-0204


Have little ones that want to see wild animals up close? Are you a child at heart? If you answered yes to either of these questions; The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a must see during your stay in Big Bear Lake.  

The Zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering injured and orphaned wild animals a safe haven, temporarily while they heal or permanently, as they are unable to survive on their own. 90% of all animals brought to the Zoo are successfully released back into their native environment.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo
43285 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA

Summer Schedule
Begins in May for Memorial Weekend and
Ends in September after Labor Day Weekend
Open Daily 10 AM – 5 PM

Winter Schedule Monday-Friday 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Driving to Big Bear offers lovely views of the San Bernadino mountains.  Once you arrive the view continues to be spectacular.  If you want an entirely different perspective, take a helicopter tour.  You can see the mountains and Big Bear Valley from above and see things you just might miss on the ground!


Helicopter Big Bear
501 Valley Boulevard Big Bear City, Ca 92314
Located at the Big Bear City Airport Terminal

Big Bear Segway Tours are a great experience, especially if you have never used one before. The 2 hours tour introduces you to the history of Big Bear with certified Segway Tour and educational nature guides.

The tours are available year round and instructions on how to ride are included. Its the most fun and relaxing way to check out the Big Bear Lake area all during all seasons.

Private Tours and Group Tours are both available. Action Segway tours promise you'll have a great time!

A few things to know:

  • A Segway Tour is approximately 2 hours
  • The Minimum age to ride a Segway is 14 years
  • The max weight limit for a Segway is 260 lbs

Full payment is required at time of reservation and no refunds are given; but a voucher will be issues if 48 hours is given.

A helmet is required and will be provided to you.

For more info contact:

Action Segway
40754 Village Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315
(909) 866-0390

Fishing is fun for the whole family and can be easily learned at any age. The best time to fish in Big Bear is just before sunup to mid-morning, early sundown until dark.  You must have a California fishing license (unless you are under the age of 16).  

The most popular areas for shore fishing are the North Shore, from the dam to the West Boat Ramp.  There are several areas to park off of Highway 38.  If you choose Juniper Point, on the north shore just west of the East Boat Ramp, you will need an Adventure Pass for parking.  Additionally, Boulder Bay Park has a fishing dock and is a great place for families to play and fish from shore.

For more information about fishing in Big Bear Lake visit:

Oh the places you will go!  So many amazing hiking trails to choose from in Big Bear.  From easy to difficult, the entire family and/or group will enjoy the trails.  Some of the best hiking in southern California and the views of the mountains and lake will not disappoint.

The game is on!  Challenge your family and/or friends to a friendly bowling game. The Bowling Barn is a 16-lane bowling alley with a state-of-the-art scoring system that keeps score for you. So whether you're an old hat at bowling, or brand new, this activity is fun for all ages.

The Bowling Barn

40625 Big Bear Boulevard

Big Bear Lake, California

Phone: 909-878-2695