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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
“Bear Mountain ("Bear") is an innovator in Park design and development. Bear is where you’ll find Southern California’s only halfpipes, the Red Bull Plaza, The Scene. This combined with features spread over our 748 permitted acres is why Bear is the home mountain to many world-class athletes including our riders.”
  • 130 locals recommend
Ski Area
“This is a great place to ski or snowboard. They have all kinds of classes to get you started or to tune you up. Plenty of places to eat here as well. ”
  • 114 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a great way to get close to local wildlife that is native to the mountains. During the month of October, be sure to check out the zoo's night walks to see all of their nocturnal animals, when they're most active. You might even hear their wolves howling.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Sizable visitor center offering nature-based exhibitions, eco-tours, an amphitheater & trail maps.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Diner
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“Pancakes!! A great place for breakfast. It's tiny and fills up fast so go early. Best for small groups.”
  • 103 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Peppercorn Grille is one of the nicer restaurants in Big Bear, and one of our favorites for special evenings, such as a birthday or anniversary. It's pricer than other restaurants and it's best to make a reservation.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Ski Area
“For some fun, try the Alpine Slide near the village. There is also a water slide, go-karts, the Soaring Eagle ride and snow tubing in the winter.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The best pizza spot in Big Bear Lake. In the heart of the village, they take phone orders for pickup and are open till at least 10pm most nights (later than most restaurants in the village for that late night grub).”
  • 64 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is one of my favorite restaurant/bars. It’s laid back and fun. The food is excellent, with a wide range of options. It’s a perfect local dive”
  • 58 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Big Bear’s premier venue for bands or entertainment. They offer top talent all year round. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Top restaurant and outdoor bar catering to singles, couples, and families in the village area with phenomenal eats and live music most every night. A must see.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Great place to get together and bowl a few frames. Family friendly and they offer galactic bowling on designated nights. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Big Bear Snow Play and Speedway is great for year round fun. During the Winter, there is often night Glow Tubing (Friday night, Saturday night and holidays). Call ahead to confirm. During the summer, there are go-karts and a rope maze.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“There are many Mexican restaurants in Big Bear and Hacienda Grill is a good choice if you want a sit down meal and a full bar. Relatively big place with happy hour options and a big salsa bar - in addition to the alcohol bar ;)”
  • 55 locals recommend
Trail
“I proposed to my wife here. We went for the sunrise and it was absolutely magical. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Store
“Rent a boat! They offer "the best mountain lake fishing and water sport adventures in Southern California." ”
  • 31 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“Pancakes!! A great place for breakfast. It's tiny and fills up fast so go early. Best for small groups.”
  • 103 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Peppercorn Grille is one of the nicer restaurants in Big Bear, and one of our favorites for special evenings, such as a birthday or anniversary. It's pricer than other restaurants and it's best to make a reservation.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“The best pizza spot in Big Bear Lake. In the heart of the village, they take phone orders for pickup and are open till at least 10pm most nights (later than most restaurants in the village for that late night grub).”
  • 64 locals recommend
Bar
“This is one of my favorite restaurant/bars. It’s laid back and fun. The food is excellent, with a wide range of options. It’s a perfect local dive”
  • 58 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Top restaurant and outdoor bar catering to singles, couples, and families in the village area with phenomenal eats and live music most every night. A must see.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“There are many Mexican restaurants in Big Bear and Hacienda Grill is a good choice if you want a sit down meal and a full bar. Relatively big place with happy hour options and a big salsa bar - in addition to the alcohol bar ;)”
  • 55 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Pizza slices & pies with tomato, pesto, BBQ or other sauce, plus calzones, pastas & a country space.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“We went with 8 people and we all loved our food. Great service and cozy seating. Great specials on food and margaritas! ”
  • 34 locals recommend

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