The 10 Best Things to Do in Fawnskin, United States

March 15, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Fawnskin is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Its altitude is 6,827 feet (2,081 m). The community has a post office, which was established on 18 May 1918.
Restaurants in Fawnskin

1. Castle Rock Trail

630 Bartlett Rd, 630 Bartlett rd is the visitor center where you can get maps, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 +1 909-866-7000
Excellent
63%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

Castle Rock Trail

Reviewed By Frequenttravel48

Went with my wife and two year old (in a backpack carrier). Got parking street side right next to it around 8. The way up was a bit tough with my son but not too bad. Decent trail, good scenery on the way, and a good vista at the top.

2. Woodland Interpretive Trail

North Shore Dr Hwy 38, Fawnskin, CA
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Woodland Interpretive Trail

Reviewed By Clifford D

Parking in the lot requires an Adventure Pass, parking on the road is free. Before you get started pick up a trail pamphlet; they are located on the sign next to trash bin. The trail is easy, unless there is snow/ice on the ground. There are markers throughout the hike, your trail pamphlet will give you interesting facts about that spot and the area. I enjoyed the stories more when kids read the info for the first time.

We like to hike this trail for a short hike, but especially when the snow is falling. If the snow is too deep we snow shoe the trail, getting lost (not really) is part of the fun. One word of caution in winter, sledders don't watch where you are walking so keep your eyes open for fast moving sleds.

3. Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge

43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92314 +1 909-584-1299
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 479 reviews

Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven; temporarily while they heal or permanently as they are unable to survive on their own.We are extremely proud that 90% of all the animals brought to us for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment.Those that remain with us on exhibit are either too injured or have been imprinted by humans and can not be released back into the wild to care for themselves.

Reviewed By Traveler101277 - Irvine, California

We went to the zoo for a quick day trip. It's very reasonably priced and well worth it! The animals all have a story, so please splurge the extra buck for the program. It's interesting to read how these animals got to the zoo. Hard to believe that a lot were actually someone's pet! Glad we went and will go back again.

Favorite: the bears and eagles!

4. The Cave

40789 Village Dr, Big Bear City, CA 92315 +1 909-878-0204
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

The Cave

The Cave is a truly one-of-a-kind concert and comedy venue in the heart of Big Bear. The lighting, sound, laser light shows, gourmet concessions, craft beer, comfortable seating, room to dance, and of course amazing acts are not common for such an intimate venue. It is this perfect mix of location, amenities, and amazing live entertainment that make The Cave a venue that will bring you closer to your favorite bands than you ever thought possible.

Reviewed By Carlos R - Lake Forest, California

Doing this review between opening act and main act. Apparently this place has improved since other negative reviews. Plenty of seating (maybe off-season). First band was 12 to 16 year olds. Impressive. Got hear at 8pm wish I saw whole show. Despite showing at 8 we are in 2nd row.
White wine $7. Chicken philly cheese and steak philly cheese steaks are $10. Popcorn 4. Did not order food though. Wine good. Having fun.

Assuming main band will be good.

5. Captain John's Fawn Harbor & Marina

39369 N Shore Dr, Fawnskin, CA 92333
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Captain John's Fawn Harbor & Marina

Reviewed By Judy C

Took my brother since neither of us have ever paddleboarded. He fell twice, me zero. Was a great workout. Super nice staff. Nice view. All u need is balance to paddleboard. Although the water is low and a bit muddy, which is not anyones fault but mother nature's, the water was refreshing according to my brother. HA! GREAT FIELD TRIP.

6. Big Bear Lake

Hwys 30, 330 & 18, Corner of Division Dr. and Big Bear Blvd., CA 92315 +1 800-424-4232
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 555 reviews

Big Bear Lake

Reviewed By alberto927 - Parkland, Florida

Big Bear Lake is a nice town with too many people chasing your dollars. It has some good restaurants and a nice climate to walk around in the fall. The visitors center is well kept and very helpful. The lake is part of the San Bernardino National Forest and in the North part one can walk along the shore (The Ranger station is here too). This is a beautiful lake with lots of pine trees and delicious nature aromas. I hope this shore is not spoiled with hotels and game arcades, etc.

7. Pirate Ship Tours

at Holloway's Marina, 398 Edgemoor Rd, Big Bear City, CA 92315
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Pirate Ship Tours

Reviewed By jeremydbrooks - Las Vegas, Nevada

The captain/owner is a Big Bear lifer, it seems, and knows a lot of history. He'll take you around the lake and tell you stories, anecdotes, and will occasionally stop by the house of Mel Blanc Jr's house who will come out and entertain the guests. Very fun, not too pricey.

8. Boulder Bay Park

39148 California 18, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 +1 909-866-7521
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Boulder Bay Park

Reviewed By Ken A - Rancho Cucamonga, California

This new and small park is along the lake. The park is situated just above the water and has a fresh feeling about it. There is enough grass for picnics and kayaking and swimming are also available. The only drawback in busy Big Bear is that the main parking lot is quite small. A good place to take a break for an hour or so.

9. North Shore Marina

38573 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333 +1 909-866-4386
Excellent
40%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
20%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 10 reviews

North Shore Marina

Reviewed By globetrotter237 - Diss, United Kingdom

Booked an hours' jet skiing for the children and I to tour at least 30% of the lake. Be prepared to leave a hefty deposit on your credit card or have a spare $500 cash per jet ski.

We took to the lake and took the advice to stay away from the reeds. Once on the open lake, a great time was had by all. Beware of the Lake Police...not joking, they only want to ensure you have a good time.

A couple of tips for next time

1. Wear fairly tight fitting sun glasses or something to keep the spray out of your eyes.
2. Make sure you have a waterproof camera and keep phones well away from water.

I defy any teenage son or daughter not to enjoy this rather expensive one hour luxury.

We went at the end of season and only had to wait for an hour, otherwise you need to book a day in advance.

10. Holcomb Valley Tour

40971 N Shore Dr, Fawnskin, CA
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Holcomb Valley Tour

Reviewed By Pyra-Danny - St. Petersburg, Florida

Are you here for the tour? (I can only speak for that—not so much the hiking, Jeep wrangling, rock-climbing part)

THE SIGHTS
Who knew there was a lot of cool history next to tourist-y Big Bear Lake? Overall, nature has pretty much reclaimed most of this “ghost town.” You’ll see a few scattered logs that was once part of a cabin, a tall tree used to hang people, remnants of a mine… 12 stops total. Key word: remnants.

THE TOUR
The brochure showing you how to get around SUCKS! The description of what to look for is vague and since there’s only a marker telling you were to park but not another marking actually showing the site, it’s easy to question whether you’re looking at the right area or not.
The map also doesn’t show the many roads that branch off from the tour’s road. Since the road signs are so small, we easily missed a turn (is that what that angle in the map means?) and 30 minutes later ended up in a harsh, rocky road with dead trees everywhere.

THE JOURNEY
You can walk, but we drove from marker to marker. This is 90% dirt/rocky road—regular economy cars may get unhappy and it’s recommended you don’t use a car like that to get to the mines—they won’t be able to handle how rocky the road will get.

The 12 destinations are often a short walk down a path from the road and you’ll normally see a lot of beautiful, natural scenery until you get there.

Begin by grabbing a map at the Discovery Center (also a good starting point to visit)—no matter how useless I claim it to be.

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