Big Bear Lake is safe, exciting, and beautiful. However, there are some things that stand out as, for lack of a better word, odd—like a pirate ship in the middle of the lake, or a tree covered in shoes. If you have a taste for the bizarre, keep an eye out for these while you’re in the area. They’re great for photo opportunities. Learn about the Big Bear Mountain attractions below:
“Time Bandits” Pirate Ship
When you go out to Holloway’s Marina or are boating on the water, keep an eye out for a 16th-century Spanish galleon. Yes, it’s out there—one-third the size, but fully serviceable (minus the raiding) and taking passengers.
This ship is dubbed the “Time Bandits” ship, as it was used in an 80s movie called “Time Bandits.” It unfortunately sank, but was salvaged and restored in 2014. She’s back to accepting passengers for a lively pirate tour!
It’s out of the way—up in Lucerne Valley, next to its Foursquare Church—and it’s private property and isn’t always open. And yet, it is perplexing enough that when you go there, you can’t help but stare and wonder. Jack O’Landia has very little written about it online. It seems to be a western-themed amusement park, but it seems to be much older than it has been actually used for. What actually happens there? Maybe you should check it out! There are plenty of Big Bear Mountain attractions to look for!
Some places love their graffiti; some schools have treasured gum walls. About a mile out from Big Bear lake, on Highway 18 near Baldwin Dry Lake, you’ll find Big Bear Lake’s own beloved eyesore: The Shoe Tree. Dozens of pairs of shoes are hooked together by their laces and draped over this tree’s branches. There’s no guarantee you can see it “in bloom,” as there are frequent efforts to de-shoe it. Yet, new shoes appear.
Big Bear Mountain Attractions
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