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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 6 days 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 1 week ago
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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 6 days 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Venture04480615718
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Nice center with historical references and museum like setting.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

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.

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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

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!

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
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Response from Meredith B | Property representative |
Entry to the Discovery Center is free for everyone!