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Big Bear Lake

Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake is a favorite California destination in the summer. This historic resort community is a top vacation paradise that is close to Southern California, yet far away from the stress and pressure of everyday life.

Close to the City—Closer to Nature

Big Bear Lake has approximately 22 miles of shoreline and is seven miles long. There are many activities to choose from in the summertime. If you like to hike, bike, horseback ride, golf, boat, water ski, parasail, fish, kayak or canoe, Big Bear Lake is the place to go. Guide services will be happy to create the perfect adventure, fishing or family vacation. Enjoy a nine hole round of golf at a regulation course or take the whole family for a fun game of miniature golf. Grab the mountain bikes and get the whole family out for some scenic summer recreation and adventure.

Due to the uniqueness of the area, Big Bear Lake is home to several special attractions. The Big Bear Discovery Center has naturalist led interpretive programs, evening nature lectures and hiking information. Tours are available on foot or by canoe for the more adventuresome. The Moonridge Zoo has become a protective new home for animals wounded in the wilderness. The Big Bear Solar Observatory is located in the middle of Big Bear Lake and takes advantage of the excellent climatic conditions to study the sun. Another big attraction is the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum. The museum has many exhibits that begin with the Indian period and include an 1875 log cabin, gold mining artifacts, cattle ranching and lumbering exhibits, and many other historical artifacts. Clearly Big Bear has a lot to offer for any family holiday.

Annual events such as the Spring Air Fair—which features games and live entertainment in an outdoor Beer Garden—and July 4th Fireworks and Old Miners' Days—which feature logging and horseshoe contests, cowboy poetry, and chili cook-off—make Big Bear an exceptional summer retreat. Other events include the Open Sky Music Festival, the Antique Car Show & Fun Run, Oktoberfest, and the International Film Festival. Take advantage of the area fishing and family summer vacation options.

Big Bear lodging options include luxury hotels, cozy bed and breakfast inns, convenient condominiums, private homes, cabins and lodges. Use the discount coupons on this site to save on hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns, camping, RV parks, transportation and more. Big Bear Lake also offers some of the best shopping and dining around. Located right in the Village and throughout the Valley, the many shops and specialty stores will keep you browsing, buying, antique hunting, and window shopping. Restaurants range from fast food to fine cuisine to fit any taste and budget.

Getting Here

You and your family can fly into Big Bear City Airport, or into the nearby Ontario, Orange County Airport or Los Angeles International Airport. By car, there are three easy routes to Big Bear, via Hwy 330, Hwy 38, and Hwy 18.

Summer Vacation Discounts

Scenic Big Bear Lake has it all. So click on the coupon categories on the upper left and get the Free Coupons for cheap deals and discounts to save money. Come and see why the Big Bear Lake area is a top vacation destination.

Photo Courtesy of Big Bear Chamber of Commerce