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Big Bear Discovery Center

Open Now: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Open today: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Very educational

This is a very educational place. They also have short and easy trails. We took the nature walk... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Montebello, California
Stop here for your adventure pass

Nice center with historical references and museum like setting. Very friendly staff. Local hike... read more

Reviewed 4 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.
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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 yesterday

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 4 weeks ago 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Nice center with historical references and museum like setting.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 26 August 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.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 1 August 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 30 July 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

Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 28 July 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 21 July 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 1 July 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
Reviewed 25 June 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.

Thank sbaker2015
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The staff members are very friendly and knowledgeable about the local mountains, native animals and vegetation surrounding the Big Bear Valley.

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