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Things to do in Big Bear Lake

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Big Bear Lake. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Big Bear Lake attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Big Bear Lake to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Big Bear Lake.

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    Bear Mountain Resort

    Southern California’s most popular ski and snowboarding resort resides in San Bernardino National Forest, southwest of Big Bear Lake. All four peak... More
  • Big Bear Discovery Center

    Operated by the National Forest Association, this visitors’ center is housed in a lodge-like building just north of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernar... More

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