What to Do in Big Bear When There’s No Snow

Big Bear is the perfect place for a weekend getaway…and not too far from home if you’re down in SoCal. Last year, a group of my friends rented a cabin in Big Bear for a weekend in September and had a total blast. Even though it was too cold to go in the water and too early for snow (not that we got any anyway…), there was still plenty to do.

Fall Activities in Big Bear:

  • Go off-roading. Some areas are off limits and others are only open seasonally, but if you look hard enough and do a bit of driving, there are tons of back-alley roads that can take you up into the forest and away from the town.
  • Take a walk around the lake. If you’re like me and love all HGTV shows, then you’ll get to peruse tons of cute houses along the water and tucked away in the trees.
  • Visit the main town. There are restaurants and lots of cute little shops in town. More importantly, last time I was there, I saw a pet wolf. I’m not sure how humane keeping a pet wolf is, but nevertheless, she was pretty rad to see up close.
  • Check out consignment shops. We stopped into a couple and found some interesting (and some slightly creepy) things.
  • Visit Alpine Zoo. Unlike a normal zoo, Alpine Zoo cares for native animals that were injured, so you don’t have to feel guilty for contributing. Here, you can get up close and personal with black bears, wolves, grizzlies and mountain lions to name a few.

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