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End Of Summer Activities In Big Bear

Posted: 08/27/21

Big Bear Lake is the perfect place to visit to enjoy some last minute outdoor activities before you say goodbye to summer.

As we approach Labor Day Weekend and the conclusion of summer, Big Bear temps are still warm and inviting giving you that itch to get in one more summertime getaway before settling into the school year. Big Bear Lake is your go-to getaway, just a couple of hours drive from most Southern California neighborhoods, Big Bear offers that world away feel that is still close to home.

Here are our picks for end of summer activities not to miss.

Little to No Cost Ideas

  • Hike - Big Bear sits in the middle of the San Bernardino National Forest giving access to hundreds of miles of trails throughout the Valley. Trail use is free, but if you use a designated parking lot you'll need an Adventure Pass from our Visitor Center. Day passes are $5.
  • Bike - For those with their own two wheels, head out to the trails. Most Big Bear routes allow for both hiking and biking but some are restricted to foot traffic only. Stop into the Visitor Center for a trail map and info on where you can safely bike. If you're in need of a bike rental, scroll to the bottom for rental shops.
  • Picnic - Designated picnic areas in the Valley offer tables for your outdoor feast. While parking areas require the Adventure Pass, using the picnic area is free. You are also free to put down your picnic blanket outside of a designated area, either way just don't leave any litter behind. Better yet, grab up any trash you may come across and help us keep the forest clean!
  • Shoreline Fishing - Fishing from public shoreline is free to all, just be sure you have a valid fishing license for anyone over 15 years and follow fishing rules and bag limits. If you're needing equipment, scroll to the bottom for our #1 tackle shop pick. These guys are also happy to offer advice to fellow anglers.


  • Riddle Routes & Urban Adventure Quest - Get to know the Valley's history and fun facts while you take in the beautiful scenery! These smart phone lead tours let you solve puzzles and clues on a scavenger hunt through The Village and beyond.
  • Big Bear Jeep Experience - Whether you're a seasoned 4X4 off-roader or brand new, these guided off-road tours offer some fun history along an exciting adventure.
  • Horseback Tours - Baldwin Lake Stables leads tours year-round through Big Bear's backcountry.
  • Helicopter Tours - See the Valley and surrounding landscape from a bird's eye view with Helicopter Big Bear.
  • Zipline & Segway Tours - Book an adventure with Action Tours either on their 9-line zipline course or on a guided Segway tour.
  • Lake Tours - See Big Bear from the middle of it all on a narrated tour of the Lake.

Cast A Line

As mentioned above, fishing from public shoreline is free and if you're geared up you can head out at any time. To fish from on the water or with an expert guide, keep reading to learn more:

  • Boat Rentals - Big Bear Lake marinas offer a variety of boat rentals for your fishing excursion. From fishing boats, to pontoons, to kayaks, call your marina directly to ask about the best fit for your needs.
  • Fishing Charters - Several guide services invite newcomers to experienced anglers, and kids to adults alike to learn insider tips to maximize your Big Bear Lake fishing experience. You'll learn the best practices for fishing trout, bass, blue gill, and more.

Whether you're fishing from land or water, please be sure no fishing line or hooks get left behind after your catch. This type of litter causes major injuries to ducks, eagles, raccoons, and other wildlife who ingest them and/or become tangled.

Family Fun For All

Adults are still kids at heart and these family oriented activities are perfect for the whole gang.

  • Gold Mining - Excavate treasures and learn a little about Big Bear's rich gold mining history at these locations. This activity is great for younger kids.
  • Escape Rooms - Take your mind on an adventure when you solve your way out of these story puzzle rooms. Great for groups of 4-5 people.
  • Entertainment Centers - From Go-Karting and a Ropes Course, to riding the Alpine Slide and Mineshaft Coaster, and from Euro Bungee fun to rock wall climbing, family entertainment centers are perfect for getting outdoors! Scroll below for locations.
  • The Zoo - The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a unique facility dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured wildlife. Over 90% of the animals brought in for care are successfully released back into the wild. For those too injured, needing lifelong care, or have been imprinted by humans, they make their home permanently at the Zoo.
  • Indoor Fun - An evening of Glow Bowling is always a good idea, and make to check out Big Bear's very own Santa Land in The Village.

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