Located north of Los Angeles along the Kern River, Bakersfield is a great destination for families, couples, and outdoor enthusiasts. With live entertainment, historical sites, shopping, and nightlife, there is plenty to do and see. Here are some of the top ways to spend your time.
1. Kern Canyon
This beautiful wilderness is a prime destination for camping, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities. Often called “California’s Best Kept Secret,” Kern Canyon also provides striking sunsets, when the brown hills reflect off the river.
2. Kern County Museum
Take a trip back in time to the end of the 19th century, when the area was just developing. Explore 56 historical buildings, spread across 16 acres, and see old furnishings and artifacts from a fascinating bygone era.
3. California Living Museum
The premier native zoo in all of California, C.A.L.M. houses more than ten dozen non-releasable animals. It also features lovely gardens, which include numerous endangered flora species. While you’re there, be sure to see the Cats of California exhibit, featuring a mountain lion and bobcat.
4. Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
Founded by local country music star Buck Owens, this lively hotspot includes a cool collection of guitars and memorabilia. It also features a great menu of American favorites, along with live music and special events.
5. Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
A great destination for the entire family, this popular museum features numerous taxidermied animals, along with fossils and bones. Explore 16,000 square feet of incredible mounts from Asia, Africa and North America.
6. Fox Theatre
Opened in 1930, the Fox Theatre is the number one place to see comedy, music and movies in Bakersfield. Enjoy excellent acoustics in an intimate setting, complete with velvet curtains and vintage architecture.
7. McMurtey Aquatic Center
Treat the kids to some wet and wild fun at this family-friendly Bakersfield hotspot. Enjoy an Olympic sized pool, water slides, a water volleyball area, diving boards and interactive floating toys.
8. Valley Plaza Mall
Shop big brands and little-known gems at Bakersfield’s premier retail hub. Catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster at the 16-screen movie theater and enjoy a nice diversity of great dining options.