Everyone always says that California doesn’t have seasons. While it’s true that those of us living close enough to the coastline, don’t get a ton of variation in weather, we do have something pretty cool in the variation of our state. Not many states can you snowboard down a mountain and then go swimming in the Pacific Ocean in the same day. I always think that’s something pretty amazing about our golden state. We have beaches, mountains, deserts and lakes and all within a short drive of each other.
Living in Southern California, we are pretty spoiled with being able to have so much variety in landscape. Which is why we LOVE taking weekend trips to other parts to feel like we are far away from it all, even though we’ve only had to drive an hour and a half or so.
One of our all time favorite places to visit is the cutest little town up in the San Bernadino Mountains called Big Bear Lake. I grew up going to Big Bear quite often. My parents owned a little cabin up there and we would go up on weekends for snow in the winter, or just relaxing and exploring in the other seasons. Now, being a parent, I love taking my own kids and reliving some of that childhood magic with them. We are fortunate enough to be able to go up a couple times a month being only less than a 2 hour drive from my house, so I thought I would start a small blog series on some of our favorite things to do and see up there!
The Big Bear Discovery Center is one of my kid’s all time favorite places to visit while in Big Bear. There is a small museum type building where you can participate in activities and learn all about nature and wildlife in the area. Just outside of the Big Bear Discovery Center building, there is an awesome outdoor play/explore area for kids. They can pan for gold, build structures out of wood, climb a giant spider web made of rope (when it’s up in the right seasons) and other things. There are tons of hiking trails leading off of the discovery center and even an outdoor music/performance venue area. It’s one of those places that we have to go to EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Let me know in the comments if you have been to the Big Bear Discovery Center before!
Big Bear Discovery Center https://www.yelp.com/biz/big-bear-discovery-center-fawnskin
40971 N Shore Dr Hwy 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333