It may seem as if Christmas and New Year’s was only yesterday, but the pages of the calendar flip by faster the older you get, and now it is suddenly time for hearts and candies and special trips. Yes, Valentine’s Day is upon us, but you’re not to worried: You made the decision to bring your sweet to Big Bear a while ago, and now all that is left is to plan out some romantic activities for your stay! And because we want to ensure that every guest has an experience to remember in our Big Bear Vacations cozy and warm love nests, we’ve compiled this guide to the most Big Bear romantic activities you can participate in during your Big Bear escape.

Love Her to the Moon and Back?

Show her the heights your romance can reach with a helicopter tour of our town. Helicopter Big Bear offers tours that last as long as 25 minutes or as short as 7 minutes—the only limit is your budget, and we are here to tell you that any of their tours are sure to reignite the embers of your love; the views from above are simply breathtaking!

The Couple That Massages Together Stays Together

In our eyes, there is nothing more romantic than a couple’s massage, and when we are trying to impress our spouses, the first thing we do is book at Altitudes Massage & Spa, which can be found at 42184 Moonridge Road. Their couple’s massage package includes everything you need for a romantic 90 minutes, including chocolates, flowers, and champagne. This Valentine’s Day, there will be no question about how much you love her!

Heart-Pounding Excitement With These Big Bear Romantic Activities

Every couple is different, and while many prefer to stay inside and cuddle as their choice of Big Bear romantic activities, you’re the type who falls deeper in love with every adventure you conquer, so why not continue the tradition during your unforgettable California vacation? Action Tours offers a zipline experience that covers not just one or two lines, but NINE ziplines, plus an off-road segment in their Swiss Army vehicles.

Wine in Front of a Roaring Fire

Romance doesn’t always have to be the grandest of gestures. Sometimes sharing a glass of wine and whispered secrets in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night can be the most romantic of all gestures! Most of our cabins and homes have fireplaces as an integral part of their design. Reserve yours today and discover the romance of Big Bear on Valentine’s Day with one of the most popular vacation rental companies in the state!

Not all vacations are created equal, especially when traveling with children. It’s difficult in the best of circumstances to find activities that everyone in the family can enjoy together, but even more so when exploring a new place. Fortunately, you had the brilliant idea of planning your next vacation in Big Bear, one of the few destinations that offers exciting adventures that can be enjoyed by the entire family! And because we want you to have the best time during your stay, we’ve created this guide on ways to have fun in Big Bear with your kids. Keep reading for some ideas on happy adventures!

See the Bald Eagles

Big Bear is an all-American town,and there is nothing more American than the symbol of our country, the bald eagle. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo,found at 43285 Goldmine Drive, is home to Alaska and Valentine, two rescued bald eagles that can’t survive on their own.Located in a habitat designed to recreate their natural habitat,it’s the perfect spot to learn everything you never knew about these majestic birds. And if you have patience, consider signing up for the bald eagle course,where volunteers stake out spots where bald eagles are known to play.For an hour at a time, you will watch and record the bird’s behavior to help naturalists learn even more about the mighty bald eagle.

For a Fun Kid Friendly Big Bear Activity, Try Tubing!

Winter sports are popular in Big Bear, with skiing being the most popular of all. Unfortunately, skiing can be expensive and slightly dangerous for the less coordinated, and for families traveling with very young children, downright impossible to accomplish. Snow tubing, however, is an inexpensive kid friendly Big Bear activity you can enjoy with your tiny babies in tow (Aren’t the new generation of baby carriers wonderful?) and is as exhilarating as you remember! Grizzly Ridge Tube Park, Big Bear Snow Play, and the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain are just three places you can get your snow fun on without expense or fear!

Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Drive/Hwy 38, Fawnskin

Located just a short drive around the lake from your Big Bear Vacations escape, the Big Bear Discovery Center is a place for outdoor lovers of all ages to fall in love! Offering guided nature hikes, picnic areas, and a Nature Discovery Zone for the wee ones in your traveling group, a visit to the center will enhance any vacation experience!

Big Bear Vacations is the Right Choice

As the sun sets over the mountains, you will be tucked away in comfort and style when you choose Big Bear Vacations for your California getaway accommodations! Reserve yours today and enjoy the sense of family and warmth that is an integral part of all our vacation homes.

The year-round outdoor playground of Big Bear Lake is easily accessible from the crowded coasts of Southern California, so not bring the entire “family” and have Fido ride shotgun on your next visit? Boasting hundreds of miles of dog-friendly hiking trails, tranquil shorelines, and refreshing alpine likes, you and your dog will have an incredible adventure exploring Big Bear together.

Alpine Pedal Path

This 3.5-mile (one-way) paved path winds through the woods along the shores of Big Bear Lake and offers many side trails to explore. Perfect for walkers, joggers, and bikers alike, this easy stroll through the woods is a great walk for dogs. You and your fur babies will love the fresh air, the incredible scenery, and exploring the various side trails which drop down to the lake, offering your pup the chance to frolic in the water and enjoy the great outdoors. All of the beaches on Big Bear Lake and off Highway 38 welcome dogs as well.

One popular beach is the Boathouse Dog Beach, though the restaurant that operated next to the beach is temporarily closed. Still, your pup will enjoy frolicking in the water and exploring the rocks and grassy areas (even if he can no longer order a beer).


If you, the family, and the family dog are looking for something closer to a hike (but still relatively easy), the self-guided nature walk on the Woodland Trail is a surefire hit. Looping through the woods near the Stanfield Cutoff (an excellent wildlife viewing area), this dirt trail is well maintained and dog-friendly (leash required). Along the way it features signs with points of interest. Grab a pamphlet at the trailhead and learn about the area’s ecosystems, plants, and animal life teeming all around you. There is also plenty of parking at the well-marked trailhead on Highway 38.

Other hikes where dogs are welcome (check to see if a leash is required) include the Castle Rock Trail (1.6 miles, one-way), the San Gorgonio Trail (a difficult 16 miles), the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail (moderate, 7 miles), and the Little Bear Creek Trail (easy, 3.8 miles).

Dog Parks

In addition to a wealth of dog-friendly hiking trails, the Big Bear area offers numerous dog parks if your pup needs to stretch his or her legs or meet some new friends. Some of the best include the Cedar Glen Dog Park at Lake Arrowhead, the Redlands Dog Park, and the Hound Town Dog Park in Moreno Valley.

With so many wonderful hiking trails, walking paths, and dog parks, Big Bear Lake is a haven for every member of your family, regardless of how many legs they have. So if you are planning a trip to this playground in the San Bernardino Mountains, don’t hesitate to bring your best friend with you!

The year-round playground of Big Bear has scores of outdoor adventures and family-friendly entertainment, all conveniently located near your luxury rental from Big Bear Vacations. So whether you are visiting for ski season or enjoying the height of summer on the beautiful lake, fun awaits families of all ages.

Outdoor Excitement

After the obvious attractions of the nearby ski resorts of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit and their dozens of downhill trails, Big Bear boasts plenty of other outdoor adventures. Big Bear Snowplay showcases the fun sport of snowtubing, basically sledding on top of giant inner tubes. A variety of courses and slopes await kids of all ages, from 3+ years to teens to adults.

In the warmer months, the lake is the main attraction. Explore it on a pirate ship with a themed tour from Big Bear Pirate Ship Tours, rent your own kayak, paddleboat, or powerboat from one of the local marinas, or take a historical 90-minute cruise aboard the paddleboat Miss Liberty.

Outdoor Adventure!

For those seeking more of a thrill, Action Zipline Tours offers a chance to learn rope climbing during a 3-hour guided tour of the National Forest on foot and by air. You’ll be amazed at the views, even as they whip past you at 30+ mph as you careen through the trees (perfect for kids aged 7+ years, some weight limits apply). The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain offers two different ¼-mile tracks where riders steer their own bobsleds. Kids aged 2-6 ride for free with an adult (under 2 not allowed). The attraction also boasts tubing runs in the winter and waterslides in the summer, 18 holes of mini golf, and go-karts.

Animal Lovers

To get up close and personal with the wildlife of the area, visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, home to a wildlife rehabilitation program since 1959. This small zoo in the heart of town is a hit with kids and features over 140 different species, from red foxes to a family of grizzly bears to mountain lions. They even have resident bald eagles, part of the population that nests here every winter. A fun alternative to hiking is a horseback ride from Baldwin Lake Stables, a terrific way to experience the rugged terrain of the shores of the lake and the San Bernardino Mountains. Tours range from 1-hour trail rides to half-day adventures (kids aged 7+ years).

Indoor Fun

If you need to get away from the great outdoors – or if the weather doesn’t cooperate – head inside to the Big Bear Funplex featuring small thrill rides for kids 7-13. If you enjoy wearing other people’s shoes – or if you just like to bowl – check out the 16 lanes of fun, no-frills, no-holds-barred bowling at the Bowling Barn (ages 3+) and don’t miss the nightly “Glow Bowl.”

The beautiful scenery and outdoor attractions of Big Bear are not the only reason to visit, but they certainly top our list. No matter what you and your family enjoy, you’ll find the perfect family vacation activities here year-round. Visit our selection of rental cabins today and plan your perfect getaway!