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Big Bear Discovery Center

40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
+1 909-382-2790
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#1 to do for whole family ! FREE!

A very cute and well presented center. The little ones get to see all the Taxidermies on display... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
Worth the stop

Stopped on here when we were headed home from a weekend getaway at Big Bear. Cool place to stop and... 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%
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“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

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 12 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
Reviewed 20 February 2017

The center is equipped with informative data about Big Bear Lake. Its location is very accessible from both the Lake area and the City area and it is on the side of the mountain that the drive going there is quite a scenic route and...More

Thank jnj-bako
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The center is your one stop information shop on local trails, wildlife, and obtaining wilderness permits. Friendly and knowledgeable rangers are available to answer questions about the area and occasionally lead short ranger hikes. In the winter months you can learn to snow shoe here....More

Thank Wendya01
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What is the cost for entry for seniors and kids?
17 July 2015|
Response from Meredith B | Property representative |
Entry to the Discovery Center is free for everyone!