We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Big Bear Discovery Center

Closed: Closed
Open today: Closed
Review Highlights
Great place to begin your trip!

Super knowledgeable staff. Friendly and accommodating. Nice quick trail in the back for an... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada
via mobile
Nice displays and a lot of history

We stopped by the Big Bear Discovery Center mostly to find out about hiking in the area. This was... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
Lakeside, California
Read all 202 reviews
All photos (52)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hiking trails”(11 reviews)
“gift shop”(10 reviews)
“big bear”(61 reviews)
Located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, this learning center features educational exhibits and hands-on activities regarding the natural environment and wildlife in the region.
Hours Today: Closed
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
+1 909-382-2790
Reviews (202)
Filter reviews
195 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewshiking trailsgift shopbig bearstuffed animalssmall museumnative animalsnature walkprovide informationeducational displaysoutdoor areaadventure passgreat overviewinside the buildingexploration areanice discoveryinteresting stuffcool place to stop
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 195 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This info center is very small, way smaller than I expected. The exhibition was interesting. Also, the trail behind the center was a bit disappointing which was packed with dry plants only.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

Super knowledgeable staff. Friendly and accommodating. Nice quick trail in the back for an introductory hike in the area. Great place to begin your trip and plan your big bear adventure. Make this your first place!

Thank mikeconnors1
Reviewed July 29, 2018

We stopped by the Big Bear Discovery Center mostly to find out about hiking in the area. This was a little disappointing as the ranger on duty was rather unpleasant and had no recommendations. Her response to our question, "I don't have any time to...More

Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed July 27, 2018

A very interesting and informative place to visit to learn about the history and development of Big Bear Area! Came away with a lot of New Information and a lot of Questions Answered! A Great place for both Kids and Adults!

Thank Timothy P
Reviewed July 20, 2018

In our visit, the families, the single adult hikers, the scout troops, the nature groups, they all came and kept coming to participate in a learning experience that things for everyone and is set on the edge of the forest preserve. Wonderful little cafe and...More

Thank jimatrancho
Reviewed June 30, 2018

Our visit here was relatively brief. We did not have the opportunity to go on an extensive hike. Nevertheless, based on what we saw, we will definitely return. The visitor center is pleasant and the staff was professional and polite. There was also story time...More

1  Thank vincemc
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

On the north shore, this center has both maps,museum,guided tours, gift shop and trail heads right from this location. There will be brochures on all big bear activities plus rangers available. Plenty of parking and a giant bear out front to take some pictures with.

Thank sbaker2015
Reviewed June 18, 2018

The staff members are very friendly and knowledgeable about the local mountains, native animals and vegetation surrounding the Big Bear Valley.

Thank Dionne O
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

We attended the center for its anniversary celebration. Talked to many people about the history, plants and animals of the region. Took a very enjoyable nature walk, learned about the trees, flowers, birds, and local animals. Learned about Baldwin Lake, a wildflower refuge, the fire...More

Thank susansX6649SR
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Staff was very helpful and provided several maps and directions for trails in area. Advised which trails required parking passes. Nice collection of pelts and native animals.

Thank 01mars
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 19 hotels in Big Bear Region
Vintage Lakeside Inn
76 reviews
2.00 km away
Marina Resort
422 reviews
2.22 km away
Robinhood Resort
220 reviews
2.33 km away
Snow Lake Lodge
104 reviews
2.41 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 133 restaurants in Big Bear Region
Grizzly Manor Cafe
325 reviews
2.18 km away
70 reviews
2.22 km away
The Pines Lakefront
144 reviews
1.90 km away
Laguna Grill
46 reviews
2.17 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 90 attractions in Big Bear Region
Alpine Pedal Path
38 reviews
.39 km away
Cougar Crest Trail
32 reviews
1.38 km away
Paddles and Pedals
6 reviews
1.14 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
July 16, 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Meredith B | Property representative |
Entry to the Discovery Center is free for everyone!