Skip to content

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Ski Area
“This is a great place to ski or snowboard. They have all kinds of classes to get you started or to tune you up. Plenty of places to eat here as well. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Lodging
“Prominent ski mountain featuring 4 peaks & 12 lifts, plus lessons, rentals & dining.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Zoo
“Not your typical zoo!!! This place doesn’t cage animals for show, they’re actually a rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven, temporarily while they heal, or permanently, as they are unable to survive on their own. Whats also great is that the wild life there are all local to the Big Bear surroundings.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Roadhouse
$$
“Pancakes!! A great place for breakfast. It's tiny and fills up fast so go early. Best for small groups.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Sizable visitor center offering nature-based exhibitions, eco-tours, an amphitheater & trail maps.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Great place for family fun. Mini Golf, Seated zipline, water slide and the Alpine Slide. 1/4 mile long bobsled-like experience. Ride the chair lift to the top of the hill and slide in your sled all the way down. Concession stand and plenty of parking.”
  • 89 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$$
“One of the top finer dining hotspots in the Big Bear Lake village area. Featuring a finer dining experience with a wide selection of wines and mixed drinks to accompany meals.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Pizza Place
$$
“The best pizza spot in Big Bear Lake. In the heart of the village, they take phone orders for pickup and are open till at least 10pm most nights (later than most restaurants in the village for that late night grub).”
  • 63 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Big Bear’s premier venue for bands or entertainment. They offer top talent all year round. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Bar
$
“This is one of my favorite restaurant/bars. It’s laid back and fun. The food is excellent, with a wide range of options. It’s a perfect local dive”
  • 60 locals recommend
Sports Bar
$
“Great place to get together and bowl a few frames. Family friendly and they offer galactic bowling on designated nights. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Grocers
“Has everything you need to stick up on food & snacks. They have a good floral department and even a Starbucks inside. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Trail
“I proposed to my wife here. We went for the sunrise and it was absolutely magical. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Big Bear Snow Play, once a ski hill known as Rebel Ridge, sports the longest runs in Southern California, serviced by a Magic Carpet uphill lift that eliminates the tiring uphill struggle through snow. Lift-assisted inner tubing lets parents and children conserve their energy for the thrilling downhill twists and turns and not on walking uphill!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
$$
“There are many Mexican restaurants in Big Bear and Hacienda Grill is a good choice if you want a sit down meal and a full bar. Relatively big place with happy hour options and a big salsa bar - in addition to the alcohol bar ;)”
  • 55 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Top restaurant and outdoor bar catering to singles, couples, and families in the village area with phenomenal eats and live music most every night. A must see.”
  • 79 locals recommend