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Big Bear Discovery Center

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Nice discovery center- you can learn a lot by stopping in! Very interesting facts, displays... read more

Reviewed April 1, 2018
Alissa R
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Worth the visit

The Big Bear Discovery Center is interesting for all ages. Although my family has a cabin in... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2018
Irene C
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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 April 1, 2018 via mobile

Nice discovery center- you can learn a lot by stopping in! Very interesting facts, displays, literature. Careful if you ask about the San Gorgonio pass- girl at the counter kept telling me "it's the wilderness", like I was a child. Lol! We went to the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Alissa R
Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

The Discovery Center was a good place for information about local hiking trails and wildlife. They had lots of maps available and sold the Adventure Passes needed to park at some of the trails. They informed us of roads that would be closed on account...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

The Big Bear Discovery Center is interesting for all ages. Although my family has a cabin in Running Springs (approximately 20 minutes west of Big Bear), we often take a drive to Big Bear to visit the Discovery Center. They offer a wide variety of...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Irene C
Reviewed January 20, 2018

The kids really love this place! There is probably more to do in the summer time but still very interesting stuff to look at!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank execforkids1
Reviewed December 7, 2017 via mobile

There are a lot of unimproved trails/jeep trails around big Bear. The person at the welcome center gave us a map and showed us some nice options to do for the next couple of days. Two that I would recommend are the Gold Rush Trail...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

Discover more about Big Bear and the mountains at the Discovery Center. Great canoe rides, hiking, history and much more. It's a must for a family visit to Big Bear Lake

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank passionatepartners2
Reviewed October 11, 2017

Beautiful spot on the north side (non crowded) of the lake.Very friendly and helpful staff. Educational displays and the interpretative trail provide a great overview of the area. This is the place to get an overview of the activities offered and get the tickets.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank delfhedde
Reviewed September 25, 2017

If you just have a few hours, or even half a day, spend some time at the Discovery Center, talk to the Park staff (rangers) and walk around their trails and through the garden and the "mini museum" inside. It's well worth it...just the beauty...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank WorldTraveller2177
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Excellent rangers. Great displays. Got my national forest service pass. The shop was interesting. The staff was pleasantly helpful. Parking is easy

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank nanaof9
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

We went with the kids and had the opportunity to build bluebird bird houses ($6 per kit), pan ford "gold" ($3 per child and included a little vial for the"gold" & a small gold panning certificate), explore the kids area (free outdoor area), and go...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Kim L
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Response from Meredith B | Property representative |
Entry to the Discovery Center is free for everyone!