Top 10 Things to Do in Big Bear, California

Top 10 Things to Do in Big Bear 

If you’re ready for a new adventure, Big Bear is the perfect place to visit. From skiing and sledding, to biking and ziplining, there are endless fun things to do in Big Bear, no matter what time of year!

Here are our top 10 favorite things to do in Big Bear, to help you plan your next trip!

Top 10 Things to Do in Big Bear, California1. Ski or Snowboard

Every year, from about mid-November to mid-April, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are open for snowboarders and skiers of all skill levels.

And since this is Southern California we’re talking about, it’s likely that you’ll be riding on a perfect blue bird day. There’s nothing better than that! Even if there’s no new snowfall, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit blow snow over night, to ensure perfect riding conditions all season long.

You might be wondering, though, what the difference between Bear and Snow Summit are. The majority of skiers prefer Snow Summit, meanwhile snowboarders enjoy Bear Mountain for its iconic terrain parks! No matter which resort you choose, you’re sure to have a great time!

2. Go tubing or sledding

If you’re not one for extreme snow sports, there are a couple of alternatives available to you.

Big Bear Snow Play offers day and night tubing, throughout the winter season. Tubing is the perfect activity to enjoy with kids, or with your adult friends!

The Alpine Slide near Big Bear Lake offers the only authentic bobsledding experience in all of Southern California. If you’re ready to try something new, why not speed down the Alpine Slide’s 1/4-mile-long track on a bobsled?

Top 10 Things to Do in Big Bear, California3. Go fishing

If you love fishing, you’ll be happy to know that Big Bear Lake offers an abundance of bass, catfish, crappie, blue gill, sunfish, and rainbow trout!

Fish from the shore, rent your own boat, or book a fishing charter service! The choice is yours. Just make sure that you get your fishing license first!

4. Kayak or canoe

If you want to spend a day on the lake, what better way to do it than by kayaking or canoeing?

Paddle hard to get your abs workout in, or float around at your leisure; either way, the views you’ll enjoy of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains can’t be beat!

5. Take a hike

Whether you’re looking for a simple 1.5-mile trail, or an expert 15-mile trail, Big Bear can accommodate you. There are 10 different hiking trails in and around Big Bear Valley for you to enjoy with your friends and family.

Just don’t forget to pack your hiking boots and sunscreen!

Top 10 Things to Do in Big Bear, California6. Ride a bike

Big Bear Valley also offers trails specifically for bikers. Whether you’re interested in biking the trails or mountain biking from the peaks of Snow Summit, Big Bear has you covered!

7. Wakeboard and Waterski

On a hot summer’s day, there’s nothing more fun than waterskiing and wakeboarding in a beautiful alpine lake. Don’t you agree?

Designated Wakesports offers waterskiing and wakeboarding at Big Bear Lake, in addition to waterskating, tubing, and jetskiing! These are activities meant for the whole family to enjoy.

8. Go horseback riding

Baldwin Lake Stables offers horseback riding to anyone looking to peacefully explore Big Bear’s varied terrain.

Make a horseback riding reservation, and transport yourself from Big Bear’s bustling village, into the San Bernardino National Forest. There, you’ll enjoy pure nature, stunning alpine views, and the company of your horse, your friends, and family.

Baldwin Lake Stables offers 1, 2, and 3-hour rides, half-day rides, and even sunset rides!

Top 10 Things to Do in Big Bear, California9. Zipline

See Big Bear in a whole new way — from the sky!

Action Zipline Tours offers 9 different high-speed ziplines and a suspension bridge, which allow you to experience the beauty of Big Bear, with a bit of an adrenaline rush!

If you’ve ever been ziplining before, you know you won’t want to miss out on the fun! And if you haven’t tried it before, what are you waiting for?

10. Explore Big Bear Village

From home-style restaurants and specialty eateries, to boutique shops and day spas, Big Bear Village has something for everyone to enjoy!

When you’re finally ready to relax, after experiencing all of the fun things to do in Big Bear, the Village is the perfect place to kick back and treat yourself.