Big Bear, California is often traveled to in the name of outdoor adventure and fun, but there are ample opportunities for those with a passion for arts and culture to make the most of this city as well! From the Big Bear Historical Museum, and Big Bear art to various boutique shops, Big Bear delivers some real artistic treasures for those who are willing to spend some time indulging in beauty, creativity and fine craft. Each of these locations make for excellent field trips if your child is taking online classes. When you’re determining where to begin, be sure to add these three destinations to your vacation itinerary.
Day 1: Big Bear Historical Museum
Managed by the Big Bear Valley Historical Society, the historical museum is a wonderful place to explore the rich history of this area while browsing artifacts and restored buildings dating back to the 1800s. Costumed employees will walk guests through a timeline that saw Big Bear, California as a small settlement and grow into the thriving destination it is today. Feel free to ask questions, pick up a souvenir and make the most of history in this gem of a historical stop in Big Bear.
Big Bear Valley Historical Museum
800 B Greenway Drive
Big Bear City, California 92314
Day 2: Artisans Etc.
When supporting local artists is at the top of your list, a stop in at Artisans Etc. is a must-do activity. This gallery on Village Drive markets itself as the premier mountain art gallery of the San Bernardino Mountains. A walk inside is an experience in immersing yourself in color and a variety of artistic mediums. The gallery plays host to works from artists that hail from Big Bear Lake and the surrounding communities as well as Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region. Artisans Etc. is an incredible destination for those who are looking to browse the work of up and coming artists. All displayed work is available for purchase, meaning your next work of art to add to your walls at home may be just a step through the front door.
40729 Village Drive #7
Big Bear Lake, California 92315
Day 3: Big Bear Performing Arts Center
Large enough to accommodate 400-guests at a time, The Big Bear Performing Arts Center is the city’s ultimate destination for taking in a performance or attending a local event. Beautiful and spacious, the Big Bear Performing Arts Center is the ideal place to see local dramatic performances as well as big-name Broadway shows or concerts. It is also the sight of city council meetings which are often open to the public when a pressing issue is being discussed and can be an interesting look into local politics for those that are interested.
Big Bear Performing Arts Center
39707 Big Bear Boulevard
Big Bear Lake, California 92315
Even More to Explore in Big Bear
Sometimes, it only takes a little creativity to get inspired in a big way. When it comes to art galleries, Big Bear is home to a wide variety of venues that do a wonderful job of highlight local and well-known artists alike. Whether you’re in the mood to purchase that one of a kind piece to commemorate your trip, or you just can’t wait to wander through and browse the many inspired options, the following galleries are worth adding to your itinerary when you’re in Big Bear pursuing an arts and culture-based experience.
Wild Coyote Gallery
Open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm daily, Wild Coyote Gallery is a great place to come and browse an impressive selection of paintings and photographs that are curated by local artists. Wild Coyote Gallery is located at 40772 Village Drive and is considered a creative co-op that was designed to inspire visitors and locals alike through highlighting regional work. Wild Coyote Gallery first opened to the public in 2015 and has continued to grow in popularity ever since!
Silver Fox Gallery
Admiring paintings and art is always a delight, but sometimes, you’re simply in the mood for a more hands-on approach to creativity and that’s exactly what you’ll find available at Silver Fox Gallery. Located at 801 E. Big Bear Boulevard, Silver Fox Gallery is run by owner Cheryl Bryan and is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm. While many visitors come this way to admire the works showcased on the exhibition floor, Silver Fox Gallery also regularly hosts wine and paint events where friends come to try out their skills on canvas together and enjoy savory flavors too! Many of these events focus on painting animals and landscapes and guests walk away with artistic results that are ready to be framed. Walk-ins are welcome at Silver Fox Gallery for browsing or painting.
Big Bear, California is a destination that draws in many visitors looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, and at Earth Elements, nature’s beauty is built into the art, home goods, and products they deliver up to guests. Earth Elements can be found at 560 Pine Knot Avenue and is open to the public daily between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. From crystal art and rocks to one of a kind gifts with a focus on eco-friendly production, Earth Elements is the place to be when you’re looking for sustainable, meaningful, and always beautiful souvenirs.
An Artistic Big Bear Getaway
Whether you’ve come to be inspired or are hoping to find that next artistic treasure, Big Bear is a city that brings a wealth of Big Bear art, beauty and creativity into any vacation. When you’re in town, let the team at Big Bear Vacations take care of your vacation home booking. We’ll be sure to find you a property that fits your taste and style while keeping you close to those destinations you’re excited to discover! Contact us today to start planning your next getaway to Big Bear, or click here to learn more about one of our amazing cabins!