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Big Bear Discovery Center

40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
+1 909-382-2790
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Excellent info on surrounding wildlife and terrain! We were able to feel the real pelts of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Diane J
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Big Bear Region, California
Lack luster

Staff seemed unhappy to have a customer. Inquiring about purchasing a poster.. not at all... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Barbara S
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Jackson, New Hampshire
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (11 reviews)
“big bear” (61 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
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+1 909-382-2790
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"hiking trails"
in 11 reviews
"big bear"
in 61 reviews
"starting point"
in 4 reviews
"stuffed animals"
in 5 reviews
"small museum"
in 4 reviews
"adventure pass"
in 7 reviews
"local wildlife"
in 7 reviews
"educational displays"
in 3 reviews
"outdoor area"
in 3 reviews
"on display"
in 3 reviews
"great overview"
in 2 reviews
"inside the building"
in 2 reviews
"exploration area"
in 2 reviews
"nice discovery"
in 2 reviews
"interesting stuff"
in 2 reviews
"cool place to stop"
in 2 reviews
"knowledgeable rangers"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent info on surrounding wildlife and terrain! We were able to feel the real pelts of animals, what a treat!

Thank Diane J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff seemed unhappy to have a customer. Inquiring about purchasing a poster.. not at all helpful. Trail map to Crystal mountain not helpful or correct.. but Crystal Mt very excellent hike. I found a crystal! Very cool!!

Thank Barbara S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to stop by before starting the day. They have map and information about hiking in area. Super helpful and friendly staff.

Thank Christy D
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

This is a great attraction for people of all ages. You can hike and see some exhibits. Get out of he house and experience nature. Leave the electronics home unless you’d like to capture some great pics.

1  Thank Cape-SoCal
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Love this place every time I come to Big Bear I make it a point to come visit, I highly recommend you go check it out.

Thank hankyprincess
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Nice discovery center- you can learn a lot by stopping in! Very interesting facts, displays, literature. Careful if you ask about the San Gorgonio pass- girl at the counter kept telling me "it's the wilderness", like I was a child. Lol! We went to the...More

Thank Alissa R
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

The Discovery Center was a good place for information about local hiking trails and wildlife. They had lots of maps available and sold the Adventure Passes needed to park at some of the trails. They informed us of roads that would be closed on account...More

1  Thank thewinsomewench
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The Big Bear Discovery Center is interesting for all ages. Although my family has a cabin in Running Springs (approximately 20 minutes west of Big Bear), we often take a drive to Big Bear to visit the Discovery Center. They offer a wide variety of...More

1  Thank Irene C
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

The kids really love this place! There is probably more to do in the summer time but still very interesting stuff to look at!

Thank execforkids1
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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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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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