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Exploring Big Bear Lake: Guide to Tours and Activities

Updated: Feb 1

Sailing on a pirate ship? Get to know Big Bear and its history aboard the best sightseeing tours Big Bear has to offer for you and your family.


Pirata Ship Big Bear


Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat

Welcome aboard!


Miss Liberty is conveniently located "Where the Town Meets the Lake" on Pine Knot Avenue in the Pine Knot Marina. Hop aboard Big Bear Valley's one-of-a-kind tour boat on stunning Big Bear Lake for a fully narrated 90-minute guided tour featuring highlights of Big Bear's rich history dating back to 1845.


Learn fun facts, folklore, celebrity sightings, and much more! Miss Liberty is a 64' long, 24.5' high Skipperliner 1500 LX built in 1994 and fully refurbished in 2006. She features a fully shaded upper deck, a fully enclosed and heated main salon, modern bathrooms, and seating areas for small groups.


Refreshments are available, including light snacks, a variety of beverages such as beer and wine, champagne, and soft drinks that can be purchased from our kitchen. Miss Liberty is handicap accessible and her capacity is 125 passengers.



Big Bear Pirate Ship

Named after the movie she was featured in, the Time Bandit has been sailing these mountain waters since 1998. Join us for an hour and a half of corny jokes, stunning scenery, and historical enrichment on board the Big Bear Lake Time Bandit.

Big Bear Pirate Ship

Tours are publicly available on a limited basis, or you can charter the whole ship for your birthday, function, brunch, etc. Children under 3 are FREE!


No tour is ever exactly the same - you’ll enjoy yourself whether it’s your first or fifteenth time aboard.


We have a rotating cast of captains and crew who each bring their own flavor to the tour.

  • 90-minute narrated tours every da

  • Full bar on board (Valid ID or you’ll walk the plank!)

  • Treasure chest surprise for the kiddos

  • Private charters and tours available


Big Bear Queen Lake Tours

Big Bear Queen Lake Tours

We are the longest-running lake tour on Big Bear Lake.

Enjoy a 90-minute tour narrated by Captain Chris, a lifelong BIG BEAR QUEEN captain, relaying the history of Big Bear Valley, including the solar observatory, Garstin Island, celebrity homes, history of the four dams, some of the best fishing, and other fun stuff in Big Bear.


A short distance from both entrances to Big Bear Village, a ride on the QUEEN completes your mountain visit. Big Bear Lake's water level has risen significantly due to heavy winter snowfall. The lake is beautiful! Come experience this beauty while learning about Big Bear Valley's vast history, dating back to the gold rush. Pets are welcome on board. Book your tickets today!



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