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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
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08:30 - 16:40
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Thu - Mon 08:30 - 16:40
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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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.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michelle M
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Thank Michelle M
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Thank arlene821
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The ranger led walk was enjoyable and informative. The rangers and docents were helpful with questions and kid activities.

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Thank Rod C
california
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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 

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Thank jnj-bako
Long Beach, California
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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 

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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 

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Thank Emmanuel B
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Reviewed 4 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.

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Thank Kirk-Janise D
Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Bald eagles winter in Big Bear each year and this is a location where you can view them as they are in their native habitat. To see the eagles bring a pair of binoculars and look for high "dead-top" trees that have a clear vantage point of the lake. (The eagles often return to the same trees every year). Guided... More 

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Calexico, California
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

Being dog friendly, we really enjoyed letting our dogs inside, & smell the furs they had available from local animals. We all learned something about the area. Guides very pleasant.

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Thank Pamela M
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Hiking info was good, they present a 15 minute movie about big bear lake and local attractions, great place for kids and relax.

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