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Zipline, Off-Roading, Helicopter, Segway and More Ways to Tour Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear lake tours offer guests our fascinating surroundings and colorful history from one of our knowledgeable tour operators. There are so many different ways to explore Big Bear, but there is nothing like having a historian or an expert guide conduct a tour that gives the best insight about Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains. In spring, summer and fall various boat tours set sail from some of the marinas. The most notable tours are the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat and Big Bear Pirate Ship. More...

Captain John's Marina

Secluded Fawnskin Harbor & Marina is nestled in Grout Bay. We offer a wide variety of water sport activities with a serene, uncrowded small town ambience.

Baldwin Lake Stables & Petting Zoo

At Baldwin Lake Stables discover the peaceful countryside of the Big Bear Valley's east end; surrounded by equestrian ranches and the National Forest, just 7 miles east of the Big Bear Village.

Big Bear Discovery Center

The National Recreation Reservation Service handles reservations for most campgrounds, while some are first-come, first-served, and others reserve through the ranger station.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

See alpine wildlife in their natural habitat - 180 animals representing 85 species plus special events and educational programs.

Big Bear Charter Fishing

Big Bear Charter Fishing is located at Holloway's Marina in Southern California. Have fun, relax, and fish in Big Bear Lake with a friendly, licensed, and professional guide who will help you as much or as little as you'd like.

Big Bear Off-Road Adventures

Take advantage of our fully convertible Pinzgauers to explore the ridges, canyons, meadows, streams & rivers of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains! Visit historic community & gold rush sites.

Big Bear Marina

We offer the best mountain lake fishing and water sport adventures in Southern Ca.

Fish Big Bear Charter Service

Catch hard fighting-great eating Rainbow Trout from the cool waters of beautiful Big Bear Lake. Your guide is Master Angler & Guide Curt Dills who has over 40 years experience fishing Big Bear Lake.

Snow Summit Summer

Sky’s the limit for outdoor enthusiasts this summer at Snow Summit Summer.

Big Bear Jeep Experience

At Big Bear Jeep Experience YOU DRIVE OUR JEEPS! Follow our guide Jeep on an exciting and educational Jeep tour throughout the Big Bear Valley’s hundreds of miles of Jeep trails.

Soar Ziplines and More

The amazing Zip Line Adventure at Cedar Lake Camp in Big Bear Lake! Your group will have the experience of a lifetime...flying over canyons, floating through tree tops and learning more about Big Bear's unique and beautiful environment.

Big Bear Pirate Ship

From May to October, guests take a narrated 90 min. tour aboard the 1/3 scale replica of a 16th Century Spanish Galleon. A full bar on board with water and soda are offered on both daily tours and private parties.

Action Tree Rope Climbing

Learn different rope climbing techniques and how to tree rope climb on Ponderosa's and Jeffery Pines by our Certified Tree Climbing Tour Guides.

Action Zipline Tours

Action Zipline Tours are the most exciting way to experience Big Bear year-round, weather permitting.

Paddles and Pedals

Paddles and Pedals offers bikes, kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards for rent.

Cantrell Guide Service

Fish with one of our professional licensed guides with over 80 yrs of experience on a comfortable 24 foot pontoon boat, the only Guide Boat on Big Bear Lake that has an 18 foot roof and a full enclosure that will keep you out of the wind and cold. We offer fly fishing too! Located at Pine Knot Marina.

Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat

1.5 hour narrated tour of Big Bear Lake. Enriched history dating back to 1845. Movie star homes and more!

Helicopter Big Bear

Big Bear's newest, most unique attraction offering sightseeing flights to the public.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

We’ve turned Big Bear into a giant game board with this smart phone guided scavenger hunt. Play the game, have FUN!

Action Segway Tours

Learn the history of Big Bear from a Certified Segway Tour Guide. Private and Large Groups are welcome. Geart way to explore the beautiful forest and nature at it's best.

Big Bear Fishing Adventures

Spin and fly fishing guides offering 1 to 4 day adventure packages on the rivers, streams and lakes.

In spring, summer and fall various boat tours set sail from some of the marinas. The most notable tours are the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat and Big Bear Pirate Ship. Just sit back, relax and let the knowledgeable skipper point out certain landmarks along the Big Bear Lake shoreline as well as into a distance where the mountains set. The boat’s captain gives a well-defined narration about facts and tidbits that reflect Big Bear’s fascinating history and everything in between. The fully narrated 1 ½ hour boat tours feature highlights of Big Bear Lake’s rich history dating back to 184. The skippers of these boats are great storytellers that are very keen with Big Bear’s heritage. Some of the key points are the gold rush in the late 1800s, the Big Bear Lake dam then & now, Big Bear’s cattle industry and the development of the ski resorts. Of course the captain will point out insightful facts and folklore, celebrity sightings and current events.

Some of the more interesting things revealed on the boat tours are Hollywood movie sets near the lake and around Big Bear Valley. For example, the original Frankenstein movie was filmed at the Old Dam Keepers House or War Games was filmed at a cabin that sets right on the lake’s edge. The skipper might even point out some houses owned by Hollywood icons and other celebrities.

Miss Liberty Paddlewheel departs from Pine Knot Marina right at the foot of the village. The tour boat is the largest on Big Bear Lake with a maximum capacity of 125 passengers. It’s has two levels, both fully-shaded and sheltered seating on the upper deck and in the main salon. The salon deck offers a snack and refreshment bar as well as areas for small groups and a modern restroom. Free shuttle service is offered during the Spring & Summer seasons to and from the Village and Pine Knot Marina.

The second largest tour boat on Big Bear Lake is The Big Bear Pirate Ship. This featured attraction sails from May to October every year. The ship is a 1/3 scale replica of a 16th Century Spanish Galleon with four masts (sprint, fore, main and mizzen). The ship was built by a father and son team in their Los Angeles backyard in 1969 as a hobby. It took 10 years to build, but in 1980 the ship was purchased by Homemade Films, and was used as a prop in Terry Gilliam’s movie Time Bandits. The ship features narrated tours given by a fully costumed “pirate captain” and shipmates who fire off simulated cannons during the tour. Big Bear Pirate Ship is the only boat on Big Bear Lake with a liquor license (What is a pirate ship without rum?). Expect to hear “Parrot-head” style music played on tours.

Large tour boats are not the only way to get a better glimpse of Big Bear Lake. In fact, some of Big Bear Lake’s fishing charters and Captain John’s Marina offer more intimate tours. The Serena launches from Captain John’s Fawn Harbor and Marina every Friday through Sunday in the spring, summer and fall. Captain John is quite the character. He has lived here for more than 50 years and is well versed in everything Big Bear. Cantrell’s Guide Service is a fishing charter that is guaranteed to deliver his witty sense of humor on lake tours. The folks who run Fish Big Bear, Big Bear Charter Fishing and Big Bear Fishing Adventures all have great knowledge of Big Bear and the lake and will certainly give a quality tour of the lake in a more intimate setting.

Another lake tour worth considering is New Zealand Jet Boat Rides. This tour gives the basic rundown of historic facts and current events, but what makes this tour different is the thrill factor. This boat dips, turns and twists for a real thrill ride!

For a more mellow tour that gets up close and personal with nature are Big Bear Discovery Center’s kayak or canoe tours. These tours are conducted in Grout Bay and focus on nature including flora and fauna in these areas.

The lake is just one area where tours take place. Other tours happen on land by foot or by four-wheel drive vehicle or on a Segway. Some even happen in the air.

Today, only a few relics and structures from the Big Bear’s Gold Rush days remain. Big Bear Off-Road Adventures offer gold mining tours all year round. Big Bear Discovery Center offers Big Bear tours in the summer and provides a self-guided goldmining site brochure for folks who want to venture-out on their own. Visitors will see actual remnants of the gold mines and learn about several sites of interest, such as Metzger Mine, Lucky Baldwin Mine, Two Gun Bill’s Saloon, Hangman’s Tree, and Wilbur’s Grave.

One of the most sought after tours is the fabulous tours conducted by Big Bear Off-Road Adventures. Doug Walton, who is known as a walking Big Bear encyclopedia gives one of the best tours on the mountain. The Big Bear Off-Road Adventures tours go in depth with such detail it sometimes feels like going back in time during the gold rush era of the late 1800’s. The other cool thing about Big Bear Off-Road Adventures is the actual trip is conducted in a 4x4 Pinzgauer military vehicle that goes through all terrain. This of course gives the tour an extra bonus thrill factor.

How about getting on a two-wheeled Segway to find out about what’s happening in Big Bear. Action Segway Tours offers a unique way to get around Big Bear from the Village to the lake to everywhere in between. It’s definitely a fun way to tour Southern California’s favorite mountain resort.

In Big Bear guests can now get a tour in the air above it all. Get a bird’s eye view from a helicopter or an airplane and take in the picturesque panoramic views. The pilot is very keen to give quality tours where safety comes first. Expect a great overview of what Big Bear has to offer and facts about the mountain community.

Tours happen all year round in Big Bear including some in the snow. Big Bear Discovery Center offers snow shoe tours and Big Bear Off-Road Adventures takes passengers into the backwoods via 4WD vehicle that plows over the snow.

Tours in Big Bear make exploration much more convenient and entertaining than trying to explore on one’s own. It’s sometimes better to hire a guide to show you the ropes on a tour.

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