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3 Days in Big Bear

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A trip to Big Bear Lake, California is best enjoyed on an extended schedule. With so much to see, do and explore you could stay well beyond your intended itinerary and still find more to discover. However, it is possible to plan a weekend getaway to this beautiful destination and 3-days can be transformed into unforgettable memories when you hit some of these Big Bear fun places and highlights.

Day 1: Alpine Pedal Path

The rugged landscape and lush foliage that encompass Big Bear Lake make this destination one that beckons to outdoor enthusiasts from near and far. When you’re here for three days, make sure to dedicate one of those days to a biking trip around Alpine Pedal Path and discover why biking is such a popular pastime here among the forests of Big Bear. Hugging North Shore Drive, this path provides a pristinely maintained paved roadway dedicated to bike and foot traffic. Opportunities to view the lake while making your way through towering trees alongside local wildlife make this the perfect destination for the entire family. Further, you’ll be treated to dazzling lake views as you stare down as waters glittering like waves of sapphires reflecting the sun and sky above. As well, you’ll find that the lovely natural scenery makes for the perfect place to have a picnic; dine on something delicious with only the birds and breath of the wind for company.

Day 2: Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Fowl Preserve

Once you’ve spent time admiring the water at Big Bear, it’s time to dedicate some time to the wildlife that calls this area home. Big Bear is teeming with incredible creatures and many of them are protected at Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Fowl Preserve. A stroll along the boardwalk offers up unsurpassed views of the natural marsh and the many birds that use this ecosystem for nesting. The preserve covers nearly 45-acres and provides a peaceful place to see nature thrive without the commotion of boats or swimmers nearby. Further, for those shutterbugs in your group, the area is a must stop in the late afternoon when the sun sets and paints the sky the colors of an autumn forest while casting its brilliant colors across the lake, making for an absolutely perfect photograph. If you happen to be traveling with any furry friends, you’ll definitely need to stop by as the boardwalk is even dog friendly so long as they remain on a leash. Given the fact the boardwalk makes for an easy stroll, you’ll find that every member of your family can come along and enjoy the easy terrain, and the views of the natural inhabitants coming out to say hello as you stroll along your way in this must-see Big Bear attraction.

Day 3: The Cave

End your 3-day Big Bear getaway on a sweet note by booking tickets for a show at The Cave. This movie theater turned performance venue is a family-friendly establishment that features up and coming musicians on a regular basis. Two levels of seating and options to reserve VIP tickets make this destination a musical treat for everyone. Whether you’re into folk, disco or rock, The Cave on Village Drive is an excellent place to top off your Southern California vacation. Not only will you have a chance to rock the night away as you enjoy that night’s entertainment and act, but they now have an in-house restaurant that ensures at no point will you have to leave early to cure a rumbly stomach, nor will you have to hastily devour a meal before heading out for your show. You’ll even find a variety of drinks offered so that you can truly make the most of your night of excitement and tunes. Recently having added 10 beers from the very best breweries that can be found in the Southern California area, you are sure to find that perfect brew for the occasion. You’ll also find that The Cave offers a variety of special events through the year that are always worth a visit. For instance, they know how to start the year off right with their New Year’s Eve Party full of music, food, and good drinks.

Come Back Soon!

The team at Big Bear Vacations is happy to help you book the perfect vacation home for your 3-day stay in Big Bear, but we’re pretty sure one trip here will lead to another and we’ll see you again soon. No matter how many times you visit, we’ll be sure to have you settled in a Big Bear home away from home that makes you feel like family. Contact us today to start planning your Big bear getaway and visit the best Big Bear fun places!