Taking time to unwind and relax is best done in Big Bear, California. This sensational vacation destination offers up the best of lakeside living, a mountainous backdrop and terrain dotted with forest. Beyond the natural beauty, Big Bear hosts a variety of delicious restaurants, charming boutique shops, and options for discovery and exploration that are unmatched. Enjoy the best of the area while leaving stress far behind when you book a tour or two that provides a comprehensive overview of this fantastic locale. Here are the top five Big Bear tours you won’t want to miss out on during your stay.
Pirate Ship Tour of Big Bear Lake
Take a swashbuckling trip back in time when you book a tour of Big Bear Lake on the Big Bear Pirate Ship. Docked at 398 Edgemore Drive, a Big Bear Pirate Ship tour happens daily and includes live music, costumed pirates and endless fun for everyone in the family! Tours are offered daily every two hours, with the first ship pushing off at 10am and the last ship of the day setting sail at 6pm. The ship, The Time Bandit, has been sailing the waters of Big Bear Lake since 1998, but that doesn’t mean this tour is stale! Each captain lends a unique twist to the tour with their own personal touch, meaning no two tours will ever be the same. Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors, and $21 for children aged 3-15. Kids under three sail free! If the scheduled tour times don’t work for your party, or you are planning a special event, privately chartered tours are also available. Your tour includes 90 minutes of fun and beautiful Big Bear scenery. Learn about the lake while playing the part of an authentic pirate complete with the lingo and lots of laughter on these Big Bear lake tours.
Big Bear Tours by Jeep
With headquarters at 42011 Big Bear Boulevard, the Big Bear Jeep Experience is one you won’t want to miss out on. Once you rent your Jeep, you’ll be guided by an experienced driver who leads the way to off-road paths that are packed with adventure and fun. You drive your own Jeep, communicating with your tour guide through a two-way radio and following them along your path. There are several different tour options available, ranging from timid sight-seeing adventures all the way up to thrilling rock climbing excursions! Bring the whole family along for an action packed and hands-on way to explore the natural beauty of Big Bear and learn about local history and wildlife. Big Bear Jeep Experience offers several tour options daily. Plenty of stops are built into the tours for taking pictures while the adrenaline pumping moments are guaranteed. However, these tours fill up fast, so you will definitely want to book in advance to ensure you get your ideal Jeep tour experience. Luckily, no matter which tour you choose, you are guaranteed to have an awesome time!
Take to the trails on two-wheel when you book a customized bike tour with the experts at XEN MTB the next time you’re in Big Bear. Guests have options to book experiences according to time preferences, difficulty level or time of day. XEN MTB currently offers two main tours in the Big Bear area. The first is from Fawnskin to Hannah Flats + Gray’s Peak. This nearly 13-mile ride is rated for those at a strong beginner riding level, so it would be a great option for families with older kids or kids who are strong bike riders. This tour starts and ends along Big Bear Lake and offers stunning views throughout. Their other main Big Bear tour is a 14.4-mile journey from Skyline to Pine Knot. Rated for intermediate bikers, this tour takes you along the lake and through the mountains of the nearby ski resorts. Of course, you can always customize your tour to suit your needs! From cross-country climbs to a family cruise, no request is too big or too small when it comes to experiencing the land and making the most of amazing views.
Action Segway Tours is the way to go when you’re ready to experience Big Bear using a most unique mode of transportation. Located at 40957 Big Bear Boulevard, Action Tours is proud to offer guests the option for year-round Segway experiences thanks to a fleet of Segways that are designed to take on everything from sun to snow. Enjoy back roads and scenic trails when you book this tour led by a friendly and knowledgeable Big Bear guide.
Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour
Savor the sights and sounds of Big Bear Lake when you book a 90-minute tour on board the Miss Liberty paddlewheel boat. As history comes to life, you’ll be thrilled by the comfort and views offered up on this historic vessel. Learn the history of the Big Bear area dating back to 1845 while you take in stunning sites throughout the tour. Miss Liberty may look old fashioned, but she was recently renovated in 2006 and is fully decked out with a shaded deck, modern restrooms, and refreshments. The boat can accommodate 125 guests, and is wheelchair accessible, so no one has to miss out on the fun! This is a family-friendly tour that keeps everyone engaged from start to finish.
Enjoy Big Bear Today
When all the Big Bear lake tours come to an end, be sure you’re returning to a rental home away from home in Big Bear that’s comfortable and convenient. Contact us today for more information on our many properties and to begin planning your next Big Bear adventure!