Big Bear Lake is a year-round destination near Southern California’s major metro areas. It’s the perfect getaway from the summer heat and a relaxing escape during the winter. No matter the time of year, there are always plenty of things to do in Big Bear Lake.

Below, you’ll get a sneak peek at some of the fun activities here. Download our complimentary Vacation Guide and gain instant access to the best things to do and see. This free resource dramatically reduces vacation planning time and ensures you won’t miss out on any of what Big Bear Lake offers!

Visit our charming lake resort town in Southern California and experience everything you see below.

snowboarding is just one of the many things to do at big bear lake
canoeing is just one of the many things to do at big bear lake
Hiking is just one of the many things to do at big bear lake

With unspoiled San Bernardino Mountain views and a crystal-clear lake in the middle of our town, there are so many unforgettable things to do in Big Bear Lake during your vacation. Choose from an array of outdoor activities, explore the city, or go to a festival. There’s always something happening here!

Cool Down at Big Bear Lake (Summer)

Our lake is a great escape from the Southern California heat, with unlimited opportunities for exploring the pristine surrounding environment. The San Bernardino National Forest is close by, making for incredible opportunities to hike, bike, and enjoy nature.

Explore Big Bear Lake

woman kayaking on lake
view of big bear lake and mountain

Explore the Mountains

Other Fun Outdoor Activities

Owls are among the animals you will see at Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Winter Activities in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is one of the best destinations in California for skiers and snowboarders alike. Here, you’ll find several mountains for every skill level. There is more than one ski resort at Big Bear Lake, and each offers distinctive attractions.

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Fun in the Snow

  • Challenge yourself at Big Bear Mountain’s terrain parks
  • Cruise the slopes beneath the stars with a Snow Summit Night Session
  • Go tubing at Big Bear Snow Play
  • Discover Big Bear by snowshoe

Year-Round Activities

Explore Big Bear Village and nearby San Bernardino for shopping, spas, dining, and fabulous nightlife.

Evergreen Entertainment

  • See views that can’t be beat with a Helicopter Big Bear Tour
  • Have some classic fun at the Big Bear Bowling Alley
helicopter tour
couple drinking wine

Big Bear Lake Village

  • Taste delicious cuisine or comfort food at one of several restaurants
  • Stroll through the variety of boutiques and shops
  • Catch a show at the Village Theater North
  • Indulge at the Village Day Spa

Kid-Friendly Activities

kid and horse

For more ideas for things to do in Big Bear Lake, don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide!

Stay Near All the Fun With Big Bear Lakefront Cabins

Complete your experience at Big Bear when you stay in a gorgeous cabin. We have several rustic cabin rentals in fantastic locations, whether you want to be on the lake, close to ski slopes, or near town. All have incredible views and comfortable furnishings, and many feature hot tubs. We even have properties that are pet-friendly!

Big Bear is brimming with things to do no matter what time of year you’re planning to visit. You’ll be right by everything when you stay in a Big Bear Lakefront Cabin. Browse all our cabins and book your stay in beautiful Southern California today!