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Entertainment + Culture
With a capacity of 10,400, this arena hosts Bakersfield Condors hockey games, major musical acts like Toby Keith and J Balvin, and family entertainment like Disney On Ice and Sesame Street Live.
Kern County Museum
Explore the multicultural history of the southern San Joaquin Valley at this museum, which houses textiles, indigenous artifacts, tools, historic photos, and more. Kids can engage in STEAM-themed activities at the Lori Brock Discovery Center.
Bakersfield Museum of Art
Since 1956, this museum has displayed art from California artists and art focused on California dating from the 20th century onward. Its permanent collection includes prints, paintings, photography, and sculpture.
Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
Catch a live performance from a rising star of songwriting and get an up-close look at guitars and other memorabilia from country legend Buck Owens. The venue also serves a full menu of hearty food like pizza, potato skins, and onion rings.
Swim laps in the pool at Bakersfield College or catch a show at the planetarium. The school also hosts panel discussions that are open to the public at the Levan Center for the Humanities.
Get some fresh air in this 370-acre park, which encompasses picnic areas, a parking lot, two 10-acre lakes, and the habitats of kit foxes, possums, and beavers. Guests can fish if they have a permit or go for a hike.
Set up a picnic beside this man-made lake, which spans 104 acres, or fire up one of the on-site barbecue grills. Take in a sweeping view of the Greenhorn Mountains from the hills that surround the lake.
California Living Museum
Spanning 14 acres, this zoo houses plants native to California and more than 400 species of animals, including rare desert bighorn sheep, California condors, black bears, and hawks. Young kids can explore the petting zoo.
Sports + Outdoors
This kid-friendly amusement park thrills visitors with an arcade, bumper boats, go karts, mini golf, batting cages, and more.
Sam Lynn Ballpark
Watch Pecos League baseball teams compete at this historic park, which bills itself as “one of two ballparks in organized professional baseball where the batter faces west.” On Friday and Saturday nights, the park hosts drive-in movies.
The Park at River Walk
Take a relaxing stroll around this 32-acre park beside the Kern River. The space features plants indigenous to the Kern River corridor and an outdoor amphitheater surrounded by water.
California State University, Bakersfield
Explore the university’s calm, 375-acre campus when you schedule a guided tour, which could include a tour of a specific academic department. Or, stop by for a self-guided tour any time.