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“Nice place to stop by and get information on the local area.”

Big Bear Discovery Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator
Carlsbad, California
Level 6 Contributor
614 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Nice place to stop by and get information on the local area.”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

I'ts across the lake along North Shore Drive. Interesting stuff on local animals, the lake history, etc.

Visited October 2012
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Costa Mesa, CA
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Informative”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Great spot to stop in if you are curious about the area. Not a whole lot to see/do, but the volunteers have some great information if you ask. Wish it was easier to hike to. We had parked east of it and walked along a great trail, but had to cut through the woods and j-walk across the hwy to get to it. They should make a permanent trail there.

Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Kinikin
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Phoenix, AZ
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Big Bear's Outdoor Experience”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stopped by the Discovery Center on the North Shore before taking a hike with the family and the dog. The center was interesting and had all the information that you need before going out to enjoy nature. The employees were helpful and there was a lot of pamphlets and information that you need before you go out to explore. I would recommend a trip toe the center.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank swilson628
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Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“One of the nicest”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

Be sure to stop here and visit this free attraction. The displays of nature in the visitor hall are well worth the easy 2 mile drive from Big Bear City. The on premise store is run by volunteers and has a lot of books/maps/guides of the nearby forest areas.

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank John G
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San Diego
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fun activities”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

The center itself is filled with animals and fun things to look at. They also have activities for the kids every day and guided canoe tours. Well worth the visit!

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank amarion
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