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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!”
  • 142 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Snow Summit is a year round destination for high-energy outdoor experiences. Known for its skiing and snowboarding in the winter, it also has lift-served hiking and mountain biking during the summer months.”
  • 122 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. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Go to the Discovery Center for trail maps, tours, activities for the kids, and more. Currently under remodel, the center is slated to re-open in July 2020. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Diner
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“If you have a big appetite and need fuel for the slopes or the lake this is the best place for breakfast. The staff is extremely friendly and the food is packed full of flavor. The wait can be long but you can put your name on the waitlist from Bear Hugs through Yelp (it feels like you're cutting the line but your not)! ”
  • 113 locals recommend
Ski Area
“There are multiple activities here for kids and adults from 18 holes of miniature golf to the nine Cam-Am racers feature 5.5 horsepower Honda motors.”
  • 104 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. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Music Venue
“This venue for live entertainment has become a great evening hot spot for us! Just about every weekend has a great band or comedy show! Check the website to find out whos playing while you're in town!”
  • 73 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”
  • 61 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. ”
  • 70 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”
  • 87 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a popular trail with great views of the lake form the top, after you do a little boulder scrambling.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Great little bowling alley right in Big Bear - for when your tired of all the outdoor activities.”
  • 61 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
“The Big Bear Ropes Course is located in the Big Bear Snow Play campus. Self guided ropes course, through 37 obstacles spread over 6400 sqft, 12 to 35 feet up in the air”
  • 66 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
“If you have a big appetite and need fuel for the slopes or the lake this is the best place for breakfast. The staff is extremely friendly and the food is packed full of flavor. The wait can be long but you can put your name on the waitlist from Bear Hugs through Yelp (it feels like you're cutting the line but your not)! ”
  • 113 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. ”
  • 80 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”
  • 61 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. ”
  • 70 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”
  • 87 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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