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Best Guided Tours in Big Bear

Best Guided Tours in Big Bear

If you're looking for outdoor adventure, look no further than beautiful Big Bear Lake! With over 300 days of sunshine annually, Big Bear offers more than just hiking trails and lake activities. Big Bear has plenty of guided outdoor tours to keep you and your friends entertained all year long.


Join us at the Big Bear Discovery Center to go free guided walks

Discover Nature - Affordable Kid Friendly Tours

Big Bear Discovery Center offers free guided walks with volunteer naturalists who will talk about the various plants and animals that live in Big Bear as you walk along the ½ mile nature path . Each weekend they also offer family-friendly nature activities like identifying animal tracks, building pine cone birdhouses, storytime for the littles and even geocaching. During summer they offer guided kayak tours and in winter there are eco-friendly guided snowshoe tours. Free parking, restrooms and picnic tables are available.


Enjoy the Big Bear Lake Jeep Experience through the John Bull Trail

Explore Big Bear with a Jeep tour!

Whether you’re new to off-roading or a seasoned 4x4 veteran, Big Bear Lake Jeep Experience is a popular guided tour through the back roads of Big Bear. Several tours are available that can take you on backcountry excursions that range from mild to wild. Beginners can learn how to safely navigate the jeeps over small boulders while learning about the rich history of this former gold mining area. More experienced adventurers can book a tour that will take you on a heart-stopping, mind blowing double/black diamond adventure through the infamous John Bull Trail.


Get your adrenaline pumping at Action Tours in Big Bear Lake as you zipline from Onyx Summit

Zipline through the forest!

Action Tours in Big Bear Lake will get your adrenaline pumping with their zipline excursions. Feel the rush as you fly through the pines from nine different platforms. Your tour starts in the Village where your group loads into Action Tour’s vans and heads to Onyx Summit. Once you arrive you climb aboard a Pinzgauer for the trek up to the Zipline area. Here you’ll gear up, go through a safety check and traverse the rope bridge to the platforms. It’s a lot of action packed into one tour. The views are spectacular and the guides are amazing, giving you an experience to remember.


Go on a breath taking helicopter tour with Helicopter Big Bear with up to 3 guests

The Sky’s The Limit!

Helicopter Big Bear offers a variety of tour options starting with a 7-minute, 10-mile tour for just $35 per person and going up to a 45 minute, 65-mile tour for $225 per person. You will get a completely new perspective of Big Bear Lake while viewing the mountain peaks, canyons, lakes, ski resorts and other key landmarks while your pilot treats you to a narrated tour. Each helicopter can carry 3 guests.


Go horseback riding at Baldwin Lake Stables on the Pacific Crest Trail

Discover Big Bear on Horseback!

Surrounded by equestrian ranches and National Forest, you’ll discover the beauty of the east end of Big Bear Valley when you go horseback riding at Baldwin Lake Stables. Well-kept horses and trail savvy guides will take you on hourly, half-day or sunset horseback riding tours. You will ride through the chaparral area of Big Bear where the desert reaches up to meet the mountains. Some of the tours will take you out onto the Pacific Crest Trail and to lookout points where you will get sweeping views of the Mohave Desert.


Take your group on a guided bike tour near Big Bear Lake and Big Bear Valley

Bike It Up. Big Bear.

Goldsmith’s Sports will take your group on a guided bike tour around Big Bear Lake. Several options are available for the areas you’d most like to see, or you can let them recommend the route for you. Their guides are super friendly and very familiar with the entire Big Bear Valley. Choose from mountain bikes, road bikes or electric bikes for a day of adventure pedaling your way around town. Call in advance to book your guided tours.


All Aboard! Big Bear Lake Boat Tours.

One of the best ways to see Big Bear is on a lake tour. Each tour is a narrated 90-minute tour, but each of the vessels has its own unique charm.

Enjoy Big bear lake with Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour

Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour can accommodate up to 150 guests. The lower deck is an enclosed seating/viewing area with restrooms and the upper deck is open air with a full bar and snacks available. Watch for their Sunset Dinner Cruises that are available in the summer.


Play pirate with Big Bear Lake Pirate Ship for your kids enjoyment and yours

The Big Bear Lake Pirate Ship tour is a family favorite with the captain and crew narrating the entire adventure in character as swashbuckling pirates. The kids love it when the cannon booms and when they hear the voice of Bugs Bunny coming from the home of Mel Blanc’s son, Noel. Full-bar and soft drinks are available.


Play pirate with Big Bear Lake Pirate Ship for your kids enjoyment and yours

The Big Bear Queen is the original Big Bear tour boat, operating since 1965. It is a smaller vessel that can get you in closer to shore to see some of the iconic lake features and gorgeous lakefront homes. Upper and lower decks are available for seating. Bonus: You can bring your own picnic basket and cooler on this tour. (Beer and wine are OK to bring along.)

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