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Big Bear Discovery Center

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Short visit to Big Bear Discovery Center

Only spent a little time in the center. Lots of animals mounted and on display as well as a nice... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Rosamond, California
Cool trails around this place.

The Discovery center has interesting history about the area and many trails that are easy to walk... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2018
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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.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
+1 909-382-2790
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing magnificent here. But some interesting facts. My kids enjoyed looking at everything. The rangers working are great with little ones.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ashlieturner10
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Only spent a little time in the center. Lots of animals mounted and on display as well as a nice display of the history of the California Conservation Corps. Had several volunteers available to answer questions about the centers, the Big Bear Valley hiking trails...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018

The Discovery center has interesting history about the area and many trails that are easy to walk. I highly recommend stopping by as it is free.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Venture04480615718
Reviewed October 20, 2018

This is a very educational place. They also have short and easy trails. We took the nature walk and our guide was very knowledgable about the surroundings. It's a place for the young and the old.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hadikranian
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Nice center with historical references and museum like setting. Very friendly staff. Local hike trails are Mapped and you can pick up your adventure passes if needed for parking. I enjoy visitor/information centers like this but others may not. Added bonus is an amphitheater where...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
Reviewed August 26, 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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!

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  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!

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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July 16, 2015|
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Response from Meredith B | Property representative |
Entry to the Discovery Center is free for everyone!