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Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lodging
“Great place to spend the day on the slopes whether you're skiing, snowboarding or tubing!”
  • 143 locals recommend
Ski Area
“In the winter time, snowboard & ski! In the summer, hike & bike! Has great views as Big Bear mountain does”
  • 124 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Big Bear Moonridge Alpine Zoo is currently growing but still in the building process. Being with the animals that were rescued, and observing behaviors, growth, there's always so much to see and learn. You can even adopt an animal and follow its progress. ”
  • 133 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“We love visiting the discovery center with kiddos, there is a lot to touch, learn, and see here, you can also purchase a forest adventure pass. Employees are full of knowledge. ”
  • 107 locals recommend
Diner
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“The local breakfast hotspot for the best eggs, bacon, pancake, and waffles type eats. Get there early for seating.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Fun place for everyone and there is currently a roller-coaster under construction - most likely 2021 when construction is finished until it will be open to the public. ”
  • 107 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“it’s lovely, pricey for the area and usually booked but it's great for an intimate dinner. You can always make a reservation on Yelp a couple days prior or call to see if there’s any cancellations. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The local venue for bands, concerts, and music performances. Right in the heart of Big Bear Lake Village.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Bar
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“Murray's has been serving Big Bear for over 25 years. They are an Irish pub serving Burgers, Sandwiches, Beer and Bloody Marys. They have nine TVs with satellites, so you can catch all the football games. Karaoke nights and pool tables”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Pretty good option if No Name is closed. If it’s busy 1-2hr wait but you can get food to go in 30-40 minute wait. ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“It is a very popular hang out area, always a lot of people (hence the name), they gravitate toward the fire pits and the bar. Eclectic menu, lots of salad, fresh and organic. Live music on weekends. Outdoor seating with fire pits. MY PERSONAL FAVORITES: salads”
  • 88 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a popular trail with great views of the lake form the top, after you do a little boulder scrambling.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“The Bowling Barn is fun for everyone! The have great food, a full bar, arcade games and of course, Bowling!”
  • 66 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Big Bear. Off the beaten path—on Big Bear Blvd on the way towards Big Bear City— it has really good grub! A local favorite!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Ropes course also available, if you have driven past it on the Boulevard you can see how much fun it will be!”
  • 68 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Dine In. Take Out. Order for Delivery! It is right next to VONS in the Interlaken Village ”
  • 49 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“The local breakfast hotspot for the best eggs, bacon, pancake, and waffles type eats. Get there early for seating.”
  • 115 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“it’s lovely, pricey for the area and usually booked but it's great for an intimate dinner. You can always make a reservation on Yelp a couple days prior or call to see if there’s any cancellations. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Bar
“Murray's has been serving Big Bear for over 25 years. They are an Irish pub serving Burgers, Sandwiches, Beer and Bloody Marys. They have nine TVs with satellites, so you can catch all the football games. Karaoke nights and pool tables”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Pretty good option if No Name is closed. If it’s busy 1-2hr wait but you can get food to go in 30-40 minute wait. ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It is a very popular hang out area, always a lot of people (hence the name), they gravitate toward the fire pits and the bar. Eclectic menu, lots of salad, fresh and organic. Live music on weekends. Outdoor seating with fire pits. MY PERSONAL FAVORITES: salads”
  • 88 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Big Bear. Off the beaten path—on Big Bear Blvd on the way towards Big Bear City— it has really good grub! A local favorite!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Dine In. Take Out. Order for Delivery! It is right next to VONS in the Interlaken Village ”
  • 49 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“Voted Big Bear’s best burger. Love the tater tots and milkshakes. Huli huli chicken on Monday’s.”
  • 17 locals recommend

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