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Early Summer Vacation Guide to Big Bear

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When the weather warms, or the bell rings on the last day of the school year, you want to get away and have some fun to celebrate the arrival of summer. Escape to the beauty of a lakefront village, fresh mountain air, and a slower pace than many of the other popular vacation spots that will be packed full of people looking for the same escape. Instead, set your compass toward Big Bear, California. Big Bear and the surrounding area have many fun early Big Bear summer activities to enjoy.

Big Bear Summer Hiking

A breath of fresh mountain air, beautiful mountain scenery, pine forests, and open landscape. Lace up your hiking shoes and pack plenty of water, snacks, and sun protection and head out to explore. You’ll find many parks and trails in and around Big Bear to hike to see nature’s beauty. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture pictures of breathtaking landscapes and local wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Horseback Ride

See the great outdoors another way and let someone else do the work. Baldwin Lake Stables offers tours through the beautiful scenery of Big Bear Valley in one, two, and three-hour trips. Tours may visit such places as Big Bear Valley, the Pacific Crest Trail, and various parts of the vast and sprawling Mojave Desert. Book a sunset ride and watch the sun sink below the mountains. For a longer ride, pack a picnic lunch or dinner.

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

Fun for kids of all ages, the alpine slide attraction at Big Bear’s Magic Mountain is a can’t-miss experience. It’s open year-round, but hours vary on the time of year and you’ll want to check before you head out. Enjoy a scenic view of the area on the chair lift ride to the top, then prepare for a wild ride of a lifetime down the area’s only authentic bobsled-style experience. You’ll pilot your own, individually controlled sled down your choice of two separate quarter-mile long cement tracks. Hold on through high banking turns that lead to straightaways that have you bulleting along, your adrenaline pumping, all the way to the bottom. Riders must be 36” tall to ride, and children under 48” tall must ride with someone 18 or older. Current COVID-19 safety measures include wearing a face covering, maintaining social distance between groups, and frequent washing and sanitizing measures for equipment following CDC guidelines.

Alpine Pedal Path

Set out on foot or rent some bikes and point yourself in the direction of the Alpine Pedal Path on the north shore of Big Bear Lake. The 2.5-mile-long path is mostly asphalt and mostly flat. There are sections that cut close to the water, as well as through trees and beautiful scenery for a fun way to get a breath of fresh mountain air. Start the adventure at the Stanfield Cutoff, and end near the Solar Observatory. No matter what mode of transportation you choose, make sure to watch for walkers, joggers, bikers, and others gliding along on rollerblades.

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Adventure Tours For Your Big Bear Summer

If the many outdoor summer adventures already mentioned aren’t adventurous enough, check out Action Tours in Big Bear. The company offers a three-hour tour along a nine-run mountain zipline course that will have you speeding alone at speeds up to 45 miles per hour along lines ranging from 140 to 860 feet long and suspended 85 feet above the forest floor. The experience also includes a fun suspension bridge and off-road ride in the company’s safari vehicle. If you’d rather stay closer to the ground, Action Tours also offers a two-hour guided Segway tour of the area that takes you through town and the surrounding forest.


Golfers in the group will want to yell “Fore!” as they make their way through the scenic backdrop of Big Bear on the nine-hole regulation-length course. Take some practice shots on the driving range or practice your putting skills on the 18-hole mini-golf course. The regulation-length course offers nine-hole and 18-hole rates.

Water Sports

There are plenty of ways to paddle around Big Bear Lake. Rent a one- or two-person kayak and glide over calm water. Bring your fishing gear to cast a line and see what’s biting. Grab a single-bladed paddle for a stand-up paddleboard or canoe adventure. Charter a fishing tour of the lake with Big Bear Charter Fishing or Lucky Bear Fishing Charters and grill up your catch of the day when you return to your vacation rental. If you’re vacationing with your own vessel, launch it at one of the two public boat launches. A single-day fishing permit is $20 and available near the launches.

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Start Your Adventure with These Big Bear Summer Activities

You can to Big Bear for a fun-filled start to your summer and release all your stress and worries with a break from everyday life. Extend the rest, relaxation, and fun to your accommodations when you book a vacation rental with Big Bear Vacations. The fully equipped kitchen in every rental provides you with everything you need for a delicious home-cooked meal. Gather the group together in the living area for a movie or game or spend even more time outdoors in private outdoor spaces. Small families or lovers looking for an escape can cozy up in a one-bedroom, while large groups will love the space of available five-bedroom units. No matter what your vacation style or needs, Big Bear Vacations has a vacation rental just right for you. Splurge on a premium unit for upgrades that may include stainless steel appliances, granite counters, flat-screen TVs, hardwood floors, and more!

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