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Big Bear Discovery Center

40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
+1 909-382-2790
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There are a lot of unimproved trails/jeep trails around big Bear. The person at the welcome center... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
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Family fun

Discover more about Big Bear and the mountains at the Discovery Center. Great canoe rides, hiking... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
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Highland, 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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
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40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
+1 909-382-2790
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Reviewed 7 December 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

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Reviewed 3 November 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

Thank passionatepartners2
Reviewed 11 October 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.

Thank delfhedde
Reviewed 26 September 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

Thank WorldTraveller2177
Reviewed 7 September 2017

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

Thank nanaof9
Reviewed 5 September 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

Thank Kim L
Reviewed 4 September 2017

I still love the discovery center, and the small trail attached. Good for guided tours, kayaking, and concert tickets, plus information if needed.

Thank FatallyLost
Reviewed 21 August 2017

The best part of the Center is the advice given by knowledgeable staff about what to do and where you need the Adventure Pass for parking. The Center itself had very little, but kids would like the small animal display which included furs you can...More

Thank cyndym_cali
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Great summer night programs, interactive experiences and knowledgeable friendly staff. They have an interpretive trail. My kids learned so much from the guided hike.

Thank Victoria M
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

The Discovery Center is a good place for children to see specimens of native animals that once roamed the area. The specimens are located inside the building itself, and there's also an outdoor kids exploration area. There's also a Trailhead for a short hike through...More

Thank captk1701
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Bickman50
17 July 2015|
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Response from Meredith B | Property representative |
Entry to the Discovery Center is free for everyone!
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