Places to visit in Big Bear Lake

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Places to Visit in Big Bear Lake


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Top Attractions in Big Bear Lake

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Wildlife rehabilitation centre with up-close encounters of rescued animals, including a prominent Grizzly bear habitat. Learn about wildlife stories in a clean, open space.
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  • Danjiro
    Lake Forest, CA282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The day we went was hot, so a lot of the animals were napping or out of view. On a warmer day, early or near closing time may be a good time to visit. We were impressed at the number of animals and efficient use of space. I I wish more of the enclosures were designed so you don’t have to view through a mesh. Well maintained and some shady spots to rest make the visit great.
    Written 7 July 2024
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  • Tom-🇺🇸🇨🇿🇧🇷🇮🇱
    Tustin, CA45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike and a bit challenging in some places…definitely not for those who are sedentary. Amazing view at the top and very peaceful. Great for a picnic
    Written 3 September 2023
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  • Teresa W
    Lake Havasu City638 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little park. Seemed to be a lot of people enjoying the water. Would like to try kayaking there if we ever go again.
    Written 5 August 2023
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  • Mark H
    Irvine, CA626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great hike with moderate elevation gain. It faces south so can be hot on a summer afternoon. I imagine that it would have less snow and ice than other hikes in the winter and spring.

    It took me 65 minutes to reach the junction with the Pacific Crest Rail (PCT).

    I liked using iNaturalist to identify plants on the hike. In summer, the Fremontodendron shrub offers spectacular yellow flowers.
    Written 30 November 2023
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  • concertpix
    Las Vegas391 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We've ridden the alpine slide many times and enjoyed it. Today, three of us literally flew down the mineshaft coaster. Everyone from ride attendants to the quality of the operation was impressive. Yes, I do believe for a single ride it was expensive. But for the unique experience it was worth it. To all of us. So much so that my wife, who was quite hesitant on the alpine, allowed herself to ride almost full speed ahead on the coaster. No matter your speed you still felt safe and in control. My wife wanted to go again but a local TV station filmed after our first run and we couldn't wait for the ride to reopen. Bummer. Next time with more friends.
    Written 14 June 2024
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  • Michael H
    Prescott, AZ833 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very easy and fun walk along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. The trail is paved and so very easy to navigate. Many cutoffs down to the lake.
    Written 19 July 2023
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  • boxingpam
    San Diego, CA53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Right off of Big Bear Blvd. on Pine Knot Rd.

    Definitely worth it to stop in and pick up the Big BearGuide which is my favorite "pocket guide". The Big Bear Lake Official Visitors Guide with a Calendar of Events which is also available online at Big Bear dot com

    And Big Bear Today Mag dot com also available online so you know which weekends will be the MOST CROWDED with events.

    And while there walk about 50 ft down to the Pine Knot Marina and buy your tickets to Miss Liberty boat tour of the Lake. :-)

    IMPORTANT TIP ;-)

    ROAD CLOSURES
    There are only three Highways up the mountain. Hwy 18, Hwy 38 and 330 to Running Springs One or the other will CLOSE FREQUENTLY for maintenance in the Summer, Spring & Fall.

    For example in June 2021 Hwy 18 was closed at Running Springs from 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday thru Thursday for maintenance and we could not get up to Big Bear and ended up driving back down the mountain and then back up Hwy 38.
    In the Winter the snow can close the Highways. YOU MUST CARRY CHAINS IN THE WINTER EVEN IF IT IS NOT SNOWING

    CHECK THE DAY YOU ARE DRIVING UP with either:
    Big Bear Mountain Resort dot com /transportation/road-conditions
    CalTrans or twitter - big bear roads Or the person(s) you rented your accommodations from
    Written 19 June 2021
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  • TAREQ 912
    Kuwait30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice for sightseeing. This is my first time walking on this time of year and i saw the lake snow.
    I’m really enjoy this time
    Written 5 January 2024
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  • snowMore3
    Big Bear Lake, CA13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want a mountain drive with a super view ... check it out.
    Be properly prepaired for off roar driving. But most cars with off road safety are clear to go.

    Written 12 May 2020
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  • Cr1717
    Banning, CA408 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tip: go to the bathroom at the picnic area on Mill creek road near Pine knot trailhead. No bathrooms at Bluff Lake.
    Loved seeing the Hilda butterflies and frogs at Bluff lake. The trail around the lake is so easy that I want to bring my Handicapped Mom here—she uses a cane.
    Check the hours and months it is open. Only open May to November, I think. 9:00am to 6:00pm.
    I have the best chats with the rangers here. 😀
    Written 8 August 2020
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  • Karen201011
    North Las Vegas, NV67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We got to the trail around 10 am. We only walked the first mile or so. It was quiet because it was a Tuesday.
    Written 11 June 2022
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  • michaellB3166XH
    Hemet31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everyone on a spiritual journey should take a peek at this faith center. I went to big bear for a romantic retreat and feel I'm closer to my wife and the Lord because of this faith center
    Written 20 February 2017
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