Big Bear Lake, CA Things to Do


Whether visiting or living in this California destination, there are many things to see and do. Here are attractions, activities and events of interest:

Fine arts:

Movie theaters
Community theater plays and concert performances

Museums & Zoos:

Big Bear Historical Museum (open during the summer)
Moonridge Animal Park Zoo
Big Bear Discovery Center


When there isn't any snow, you can still ride the chairlift at the ski slopes in the summer to gain a sense of size and relationship as you gaze out to the lake that glistens in a rich, deep blue. A fee is charged to ride the chair.

Big Bear Valley California Recreation and Parks District, California



Farmer's Market in the summer
Annual Torchlight Parade

Big Bear City Renaissance Faire Annual Event, California

Old Miners Assoc. Easter Egg Hunt

Art on the Lake Big Bear Lake ARt Festival, Big Bear Lake, CA


Miner's Days


Sports- Big Bear Lake sports include lake sports such as fishing and water skiing during the summer months. But the highlight to a Big Bear Lake vacation is the winter ski season. During the summer there is a 9-hole golf course in operation. One of the most popular year-round activities at Big Bear Lake is hiking on the mountain trails.

Golf 9-hole course (summer months)
Horse stables for horseback riding
miniature golf (summer)
mountain hikes
mountain bikes
water skiing

Skiing- Two ski resorts include Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, located only a 10 minute shuttle ride apart. Free shuttle service is provided between them, as they are owned and operated by one company.

Snowboarding- The same two mountains that offer snow skiing and up to 9,000 foot elevations (Bear Peak: 8,805 feet) provide lessons, trails, supplies and rentals for snowboarding sports.


Events are plentiful throughout the seasons, but one of our favorites is the annual Big Bear Oktoberfest. It is the most interesting of all California German celebrations for Oktoberfests. The contests really make the event unique.

Lodging includes cabins, hotel rooms, bed and breakfast hotels and resorts with prices generally ranging from around $65 to $350 per night, depending on your budget.

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