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Big Bear Discovery Center

40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
+1 909-382-2790
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Concert under the stars

We attended a concert under the stars there where we watched tribute bands of Amy Winehouse and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Orange County, California
via mobile
Free, fun, and family friendly

We stopped to see the discovery center on a Sunday afternoon to try to escape the heat, as it was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Diego, 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.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hiking trails” (11 reviews)
“big bear” (57 reviews)
“small museum” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 16:40
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
+1 909-382-2790
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We attended a concert under the stars there where we watched tribute bands of Amy Winehouse and Elton John. It was a super laid back event. Bring your own beach chairs, blankets and bug spray! I liked that it was a smaller more intimate event...More

Thank pooka324
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped to see the discovery center on a Sunday afternoon to try to escape the heat, as it was unusually hot when we came to visit. The kids enjoyed seeing the taxidermied animals and did a quick run through the children's play/exploration area, but...More

Thank orchid_blossom
Reviewed 3 June 2017

A very cute and well presented center. The little ones get to see all the Taxidermies on display, even have guides to explain the exhibit. You could also rest in the resting area if you are tired. They have water fountain and clean rest rooms....More

Thank itcheetam
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Stopped on here when we were headed home from a weekend getaway at Big Bear. Cool place to stop and hike or view the nature. Free and kid friendly.

Thank blueeyedgirl2
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Note the new times which might be different than what's on tripadvisor: Starting Sunday, May 14, 2017 new hours of operation Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays Open Daily from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We went in May. The weather was perfect, but not many people were there. This is a small museum. It features a number of small, stuffed local animals as well as a small geology exhibit. They offered free tours of the local surrounding led by...More

Thank kim c
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This place is a nice little building with lots of nature-based displays. It has its own small hiking trail with educational signage. Clean bathrooms and free parking. It is worth the drive over from the other side of the lake if you have an interest...More

Thank SnorkelGang
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Very fun, very hands on. Children loved it. The 1/2 mile hike was amazing. We kinda went off the trail, which I don't recommend, but still very beautiful.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I always take people who are new to Big Bear to this Discovery Center. They have maps of the local trails and lots of information about the local animals including some taxidermy models. Behind the main building is an amphitheater where talks and concerts are...More

Thank arlene821
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

The ranger led walk was enjoyable and informative. The rangers and docents were helpful with questions and kid activities.

Thank Rod C
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17 July 2015|
Response from Meredith B | Property representative |
Entry to the Discovery Center is free for everyone!