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Parks and nature in San Bernardino County

Top parks

Tourist Information Center
“The natural scenery, plant and animal wildlife are unique in this expansive national park and the Joshua Trees, endemic to the geographical region make it a truly one of a kind national park experience.”
  • 381 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven; temporarily while they heal or permanently as they are unable to survive on their own. 90% of all the animals brought for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment.Those that remain on exhibit are either too injured or have been imprinted by humans and can not be released back into the wild to care for themselves. ”
  • 130 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
Ski Area
“Located in Downtown Big Bear, the Alpine Slides is the place to go if you have kids. Take them on a electrifying bobsled ride down the mountain, make a splash going down the waterslides, or in the winter, go tubing.”
  • 102 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
Trail
“This trial is just past the Discovery Center on the north shore. This trail leads to gorgeous views. [4.0 miles from the cabin]”
  • 20 locals recommend
Park
“Wonderful bird watching. Great excursion that is easy to access. This is not a widely known location and there is no entrance fee to roam the trails and enjoy preserve.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great place for novice hikers and those with mobility issues. View the beautiful sequoia trees and experience nature in a convenient walking trail.”
  • 33 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Ski Area
“Located in Downtown Big Bear, the Alpine Slides is the place to go if you have kids. Take them on a electrifying bobsled ride down the mountain, make a splash going down the waterslides, or in the winter, go tubing.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Park in the village with lots of activities for kids--carousel, ice cream, bumper cars, duck feeding, etc”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“Great all around park for the family with many options as well as access to the board walk and a great beach.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Community Park is great for family get togethers and picnicing. They also have a boat launch if you are interested in boating or jet skiing.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
Playground
“Nice hiking trail with great views as well as a walking path. The park is great for all levels with playground to trails.”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Lakefront city park with fishing dock, tennis courts, volleyball court, horse shoes, 2 lighted ball fields, playground, group picnic pavilion, picnic grove with tables, BBQ’s and public restrooms. Plenty of parking available and there is even an enclosed ‘Bark Park’ for your furry family members.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“Great all around park for the family with many options as well as access to the board walk and a great beach.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Beach
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
“The quaint "downtown" of the city of Big Bear Lake. Has a movie theatre (with great prices on tickets and snacks), restaurants, bars, shops, and The Cave, a live music venue. Very walkable!”
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

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
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
Trail
“This trial is just past the Discovery Center on the north shore. This trail leads to gorgeous views. [4.0 miles from the cabin]”
  • 20 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great place for novice hikers and those with mobility issues. View the beautiful sequoia trees and experience nature in a convenient walking trail.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Trail
“You can park for free on the perimeter or at the Chamber of Commerce and walk around the lake in an hour or so. The local elementary school installed nature information sheets about wild life that live there. You can see beautiful birds and creatures (usually turtles) all year round, especially if there is a bit of sun. This is also a fun place to take little one's for snow play the few times we get more than a foot of snow at this elevation. Do not let your pets drink the water, as far as I know it is being treated and not safe for pets (or consuming the fish). We had a lot of work done on the lake in 2019, and I hope it gets done by summertime!!!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Trail
“This is about as easy as it gets, there’s no dirt involved either. The fully paved Alpine Pedal Path extends 2.5 miles one way on the North Shore from Stanfield Cutoff to the Solar Observatory (or vice versa). A diversion about halfway through will also take you to the Cougar Crest trail head and the Big Bear Discovery Center. You have options here!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a very easy hike with a cute concept. Its named after the heart shaped opening in the mountain. mellow hike with great photo opps. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Garden
“Really cool Cholla cacti garden in the park, however we do have our own Cholla cacti on the property. They are beautiful and look "fuzzy" but do not touch them! :)”
  • 10 locals recommend
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