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Big Bear Discovery Center

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Address: 40971 North Shore Drive / Hwy 38, CA 92333
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+1 909-382-2790
08:30 - 16:40
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Thu - Mon 08:30 - 16:40
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, this learning center features...

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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Good place to take the dogs. The trail is an easy 1/2 mile.

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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Joe S
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
San Diego, California
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 a docent. We learned about the local flora and fauna as well as about the... More 

Thank kim c
Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 in nature and the surrounding forests.

Thank SnorkelGang
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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
San Diego, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 held.

Thank arlene821
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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15 reviews
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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 during our visit to Big Bear Lake the snow added beauty to the scenery. Once... More 

Thank jnj-bako
Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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. You can also obtain a National Park Pass, a daily Forest Pass needed to park... More 

Thank Wendya01
South Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Big Bear Discovery Center is a gem in Big Bear! The ladies inside genuinely love what they do and helping people. They are never too busy to answer any question you have, even if it's not Discovery Center related. There is a beautiful easy trail you can walk with the entire family including little ones. Love stopping by the Center... More 

Thank Emmanuel B
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56 reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Been here several times with family and just as an older couple. Look at the schedule of events something always going on. Free hikes and tours.

Thank Kirk-Janise D

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