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.
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.
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 ski lift to the top and bike down!
Golfing in the mountains, 7,000 feet to be exact, is an experience even novice golfers will enjoy. Legend has it that your golf ball 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Have sailboat 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).
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!
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 definitely an activity almost any age can enjoy.
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.
Bluff Lake is one of the lakes in the area of Big Bear. Quieter than Big Bear Lake, Bluff Lake is a great place to escape to for an afternoon of serene waterside vacationing. Learn all about Bluff Lake right here!
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!
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, boxes, rails, logs and tanks and more than 100 snow features and more jibs than you'll know what to do with!
Big Bear snowshoeing a breathtakingly beautiful and immensely fun experience. Snowshoeing in Big Bear also enables you to access trails that skiers and snowboarders can’t, as well as get your heart pumping while enjoying the great outdoors in an intense but scenic workout.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Boulder Bay Park is a beautiful locale to visit year round with the whole family! Just two miles from Big Bear Dam, it's easily accessible, beautiful, and can be the highlight of your Big Bear vacation. Click below to learn more about this marvelous attraction in Big Bear, CA!
Those who enjoy nature will want to check out the Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve in Big Bear. This local nature preserve helps protect local animals and their natural habitat while giving visitors a safe place to encounter them; learn more here!
When you are on vacation it is always fun to explore with your significant other! There are plenty of locations and spots to check out when you check out Big Bear. Read below about the best romantic spots in Big Bear!