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Big Bear Discovery Center

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Well worth a visit

Our visit here was relatively brief. We did not have the opportunity to go on an extensive hike... read more

Reviewed June 30, 2018
Santa Monica, California
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On the north shore, this center has both maps,museum,guided tours, gift shop and trail heads right... read more

Reviewed June 24, 2018
Escondido, California
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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 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

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: January 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 01mars
Reviewed May 23, 2018

Excellent info on surrounding wildlife and terrain! We were able to feel the real pelts of animals, what a treat!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Diane J
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Staff seemed unhappy to have a customer. Inquiring about purchasing a poster.. not at all helpful. Trail map to Crystal mountain not helpful or correct.. but Crystal Mt very excellent hike. I found a crystal! Very cool!!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank E9540QPbarbaras
Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to stop by before starting the day. They have map and information about hiking in area. Super helpful and friendly staff.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Christy D
Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

This is a great attraction for people of all ages. You can hike and see some exhibits. Get out of he house and experience nature. Leave the electronics home unless you’d like to capture some great pics.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Cape-SoCal
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Love this place every time I come to Big Bear I make it a point to come visit, I highly recommend you go check it out.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank hankyprincess
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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!