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Explore Nature During Winter

Nature is abundant in Big Bear Lake and one of the best seasons to experience is winter! Along with the snowfall, ski resorts and snow play areas our little town tucked into the San Bernardino Mountain range offers nature at its finest. Looking for vacation ideas to help you get in touch with nature? We have them for all ages in Big Bear Lake. We have a few activities in Big Bear Lake that make our area a naturally popular and engaging place; you just have to know where to look!

Here is a list of must do ideas to get you started on planning the perfect adventure to get in touch with nature during the wintertime season:

  • The Big Bear Lake Discovery Center offers a plethora of nature-centric activities for all ages to enjoy. Naturalists lead nature walks among the pines and tours in the woods. Hours of operation are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, five days a week (Thursday-Monday) and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Discovery Center is a unique, year-round experience allowing visitors to experience forest wildlife up close and personal. They offer an outdoor Adventure Zone for kids, complete with facts and knowledge kiosks to experience the forest and understand the importance nature holds. Let the outdoors and this unique experience be your outdoor classroom and help save the forest!

  • Snowshoeing is an excellent activity that promotes outdoor fitness and health as well as being lots of fun! Rentals for the shoes and maps can be obtained at Goldsmith Boardhouse or Bear Valley Bikes. You can also take a guided tour from the Discovery that is hosted by a naturalist on most winter weekends as well or from Actions Snowshoe Tours that operates daily. These tours are unique to our Big Bear climate and can only be experienced seasonally. Don't miss it!

  • You can also take a Bald Eagle tour. Rare in the country, a bald eagle sighting is a lot like finding a four leaf clover! Big Bear Lake is home to several, so keep your eyes wide open.  Big Bear Lake is home to various animals, but the Bald Eagles continue their rare appearances as the grandest of all. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Bald Eagle Celebrations on January 17th, February 14th, and March 14th where visitors can learn the biology, conservation status and history of this bird that has come back from the brink of extinction!

  • Mentioned previously, skiing and snowboarding is the most popular winter sport in Big Bear Lake. Enjoy the outdoor time on either of the two slopes, and if you've never been, maybe it's time for a lesson. On holidays, weekends and when there is night skiing the day sessions are extended to 6 p.m. for both full and half day skiing and snowboarding. Night sessions start at 3 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

  • Go mining for treasure! Gold Mining Adventures' outdoor sleuth and mining office is located outside on Big Bear Blvd and is perfect for kids and adults to participate in. You can also check out the off-roading and gold mining tours from the Discovery Center, Big Bear Jeep Experience where you drive their jeeps or Big Bear Off-Road Adventures.

  • Hiking is a great activity to enjoy even during the winter months with both family and friends in the great outdoors. Big Bear Lake offers several mountain, lakeside and forest trails for the adventurous spirit. Some recommended winter trails include the Alpine Path and the Pine Knot trail for their exceptional beauty. Pick up a Big Bear Visitor's Guide at the Big Bear Visitors Center or around town and check out page 35 for all the options this winter!

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