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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
“About a 5min drive down the hill from the cabin. Get there early to get a good parking spot and fresh lines on the slopes. Take a shuttle after lunch over to Snow Summit to get the full experience of Big Bear.”
  • 143 locals recommend
Ski Area
“During the summer, you can mountain bike or hike and in the winter you can ski or snowboard!”
  • 134 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
“Really great for kids and adults. Well displayed, quite fun. I learned a lot about our forest by going there. Super clean, well ran. ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Diner
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“Tiny place, HUGE servings! Tourist and local favorite for breakfast, expect a wait to be seated (don't forget your hat and sunglasses). Always worth it.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Ski Area
“A must for the kids and kids at heart. Alpine slide, super fun in the summer and in the winter they make snow for tubs. ”
  • 117 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“For something a bit more upscale. Make sure you call to make a reservation if you do plan on going here for dinner. I've had to hop from place to place trying to get a table because I didn't have a reservation. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Belive it or not there's a concert venue in Big Bear! I've seen some awesome bands here. It's a very small venue with no bad seats. Standing room in the front or reserve a table if you want to sit. They're right in The Village and if you take an Uber/Lyft you can grab dinner and drinks beforehand and walk right to the venue. Check the concert calendar at www.thecavebigbear.com ”
  • 81 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”
  • 63 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is definitely our #1 place in Big Bear. Every pizza is amazing, they play classic rock, have the entire place decorated with album covers, and they have big screen TV's playing all the games of the day/night. Kids love the chicken fingers, the ceasar salad is a great way to start and we especially love the BBQ chicken pizza, margarita pizza and you cant go wrong with pepperoni, extra cheese and jalapeno's. They also give you 15% off at the candy/sweet shop next door after you pay your bill. Enjoy!”
  • 80 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Massive patio with fire pits, that is now open! Love the Goat Cheese/Beet salad, add chicken for me. Delicious burger and Chicken Marsala. Excellent drinks! As a local, have gone often. Lunch and dinner. ”
  • 93 locals recommend
Trail
“Amazing hike. It is a bit vertical but the view from the top is worth it. There are many, many other hiking trails around big bear. The local sporting goods can give you maps, or google! Many hikes in all ability levels. Get out there, it's beautiful. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Family fun bowling! Also has a laser maze, arcade games, a snack bar and a full bar!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“My experience was friendly service, and good food. Located on Big Bear Blvd, near to Summit Blvd.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Aside from Snow Play - Big Bear also offers a new and exhilarating aerial adventure that will have you balancing on ropes, crossing bridges, and climbing through obstacles: all from the safety of a climbing harness! Participants are on a self-guided tour through 37 obstacles spread over 6,400 square feet on 2 levels that are 12 to 35 feet in the air! Elevate your family vacation to a whole new level.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Family favorite for Italian food- super pizza and salads. Take out is quick and easy. (Located in the VONS shopping center)”
  • 53 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“Tiny place, HUGE servings! Tourist and local favorite for breakfast, expect a wait to be seated (don't forget your hat and sunglasses). Always worth it.”
  • 119 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“For something a bit more upscale. Make sure you call to make a reservation if you do plan on going here for dinner. I've had to hop from place to place trying to get a table because I didn't have a reservation. ”
  • 92 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”
  • 63 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“This is definitely our #1 place in Big Bear. Every pizza is amazing, they play classic rock, have the entire place decorated with album covers, and they have big screen TV's playing all the games of the day/night. Kids love the chicken fingers, the ceasar salad is a great way to start and we especially love the BBQ chicken pizza, margarita pizza and you cant go wrong with pepperoni, extra cheese and jalapeno's. They also give you 15% off at the candy/sweet shop next door after you pay your bill. Enjoy!”
  • 80 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Massive patio with fire pits, that is now open! Love the Goat Cheese/Beet salad, add chicken for me. Delicious burger and Chicken Marsala. Excellent drinks! As a local, have gone often. Lunch and dinner. ”
  • 93 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“My experience was friendly service, and good food. Located on Big Bear Blvd, near to Summit Blvd.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Family favorite for Italian food- super pizza and salads. Take out is quick and easy. (Located in the VONS shopping center)”
  • 53 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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