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Summer Escape

Summer in Big Bear. It’s cooler up here.

With clear blue skies and crisp mountain air, summer in Big Bear is the top choice for a SoCal mountain lake escape. Cool forest trails and a seven-mile lake brimming with activity create the ideal setting for your summer alpine playground. From June through August, average daytime temperatures are around 78 degrees and drop down to about 50 degrees at night.

Lake view from the summit of Castle Rock trail

From mid-May through late July you’ll see a kaleidoscope of colorful wildflowers along the roads and throughout the forest. Late July and early August usually produce summer thunderstorms that blow through the valley pretty quickly. The sudden showers fill seasonal creeks and create a lot of unexpected fun when you’re splashing through the backroads in a 4x4.

Experience Big Bear’s Most Popular Summer Activities

A kayaker paddles the lake

Spend a day cruising on the lake with a classic pontoon boat rental or experience the thrill of a cutting edge sport with wakeboarding lessons. The six marinas in Big Bear offer just about every kind of water toy rental you can imagine. From kayaks and canoes to pedal boats and paddleboards, your summer just keeps getting better. For a pure adrenaline rush, check out the sky-high parasailing adventure or grab some friends and hit the lake on a couple of jet-skis.

For a more relaxing lake experience, grab a drink and head to the upper deck to sit back and enjoy a lake tour. Hop aboard any of our tour boats for a narrated 90-minute cruise on Big Bear Lake. Learn about the history of Big Bear Valley, see the beautiful mountain homes lining the lakefront and hear about the celebrities that have made Big Bear their second home.

A fisherman shows his trout catch

Fishing in Big Bear Lake is available year-round with the hottest months for trout being in the spring and fall. If you want the best tips and tricks for fishing this area, hire a fishing charter with a guide that will give up the secrets of our ‘Blue Jewel'

A mountain biker peddles along a trail

Hiking, road and mountain biking in Big Bear are great during most seasons, but summertime is always spectacular. There are literally hundreds of miles of trails in Big Bear for all hiking/riding abilities. For a full day of MTB adventure, load your bike on the Scenic Sky Chair at Snow Summit and ride the trails in the Downhill Bike Park. Lessons and rentals are available at the resort for people who’d like to give it a go.

Explore The Beauty Of Big Bear Up Close Or At A Bird’s Eye View

Aerial view of off-road Jeeps

Whether you go on a back country tour with Big Bear Jeep Experience or bring your own vehicle, off-roading in Big Bear is another summer favorite. Stop by the Big Bear Visitors Center for maps and other off-roading information.

One of Big Bear Helicopter's yellow helicopters

Get a higher perspective of Big Bear Valley and the surrounding areas on a tour with Helicopter Big Bear, or fly above the forest floor on nine different ziplines with Action Tours. A couple of other noteworthy tours are the Action Segway Tours and Baldwin Lake Stables for a tour on horseback.

Discover Big Bear’s History & Local Attractions

A resident owl at Big Bear Alpine Zoo

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a must-see attraction. One of two alpine zoos in the United States, this organization has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing animals brought in from our forest for 65 years. Animals that are unable to return to the wild are given a home for life.

A historic display at Big Bear Museum

For an authentic cultural experience Big Bear History Museum is a wealth of historical information, photos and displays of actual cabins, shops, an old schoolhouse and a mining operation. There is a live blacksmithing demonstration and gold-panning for the kids.

Big Bear Discover Center entrance

Big Bear Discovery Center is run by the Southern California Mountains Foundation and provides visitors with maps and information about all things forest. They offer activities throughout the summer like ranger campfires, nature walks, children’s story time, nature crafts, geocaching and kayaking adventures.

Your Summer at Big Bear Awaits!

More family-friendly summer activities are at the Magic Mountain Recreation Area with bobsledding, water slides, mini-golf and go-karts. Big Bear Speedway has a faster fleet of SODI Go-Karts for older kids and adults. The Big Bear Bowling Barn is available year ‘round with bumper options for the little ones and glow bowling at night. Gold Rush Mining Adventures offers a variety of packages to mine for gems, pan for gold or crack open geodes to discover the crystals inside. In The Village you can check out the Mountain Room Escapes for a challenging escape room puzzle, or try the smartphone guided Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure.