The 10 Best Things to Do in Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield is a city in and the county seat of Kern County, California, United States. It covers about 142 square miles (370 km) near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and the Central Valley region. Bakersfield's population is approximately 365,000, making it the ninth-most populous city in California and the 52nd-most populous city in the nation. The Bakersfield–Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kern County, had a 2010 census population of 839,631, making it the 62nd largest metropolitan area in the United States. The more built-up urban area that includes Bakersfield and areas immediately around the city, such as East Bakersfield, Oildale and Rosedale, has a population of approximately 464,000. Bakersfield is a charter city.

1. Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

2800 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93308-6314 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 524 reviews

Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

Combination, Steakhouse, theater and a museum housing memorabilia spanning Buck Owens' 40 year career in country music.

Reviewed By shelngav - Bakersfield, CaliforniaBakersfield, California

Don't Go to Concerts Here! The limited food menu is nothing like their brunch. Not good.

We bought tickets to go to Marshall Tucker for a total of $51 each, $25 of that was a service fee for Crystal Palace. I purchased balcony seats. When we got there, we were seated at a table that not only was the area so crowded that I had to stand, which

2. California Area Living Museum (CALM)

10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93306-9654 Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 266 reviews

California Area Living Museum (CALM)

Reviewed By Jackbear - Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

TRULY DELIGHTFUL AND EDUCATIONAL INTIMATE SETTING

I visited CALM a while back and made it a point to return when I was in Bakersfield again. I visit the San Diego zoo often and although CALM does not compare, it's small and intimate setting really is wonderful.CALM is dedicated to California animals so h

3. Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn

6700 General Beale Road, Bakersfield, CA 93307 Sights & Landmarks, Farms
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 214 reviews

Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn

We're a family owned farm that grows the worlds tastiest fruit, but The Big Red Barn is special - really special! We opened these barn doors to give regular folk the opportunity to experience real farm life. Delicious farm fresh food inside, games and rides outside, and the kindest darn farmhands you'll ever meet. If you've ever visited, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our family, and Bakersfield!

Reviewed By Satoka E

It's a cute place for middle of nowhere!

This place is right before you get to Bakersfield, so it's really in middle of nowhere, but you can pick fruit, buy picked fruit in the store, and they have little casual lunch place inside too. Every season, they have some activities going on, and it's f

4. Kern County Museum

3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-1345 Museums, History Museums
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 263 reviews

Kern County Museum

Reviewed By cdenoi - Sioux Falls, South DakotaSioux Falls, South Dakota

Fascinating

What a find, we love history and the museum and grounds have an excellent overview of the history of Bakersfield and surrounding environs. The 16 acres has over 40 buildings that served various purposes such as homes, businesses, a church and a school to

5. The Park at River Walk

11200 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA Nature & Parks
Excellent
46%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

The Park at River Walk

Reviewed By Bruce H - Bakersfield, CaliforniaBakersfield, California

Attractive park near down town

Our first and only visit to this park was for an event, and we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it is. The play area has a cushioned base -- safe for kids -- and the river walk is attractive.

6. Peacocks at Hart Park

River Rd, Bakersfield, CA Nature & Parks
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Peacocks at Hart Park

Reviewed By Eric O - Bakersfield, CaliforniaBakersfield, California

They are to visit

I go from time to time to check them out. They are a great way to relax. Hart Park is a good place for a picnic or BBQ. Lots of trees! Close to Kern River. I have lots of fun memories there. One is when my daughter was 3 and being chased by a Peacock who

7. Fox Theater

2001 H St, Bakersfield, CA 93301-3919 Concerts & Shows, Theaters
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Fox Theater

Reviewed By Bella4fatty

A classic theater

I love the classic exterior and interior of the Fox theater. Nice to have such a place in Bakersfield. Cheap beer, 2 bars, small wait. Small bathroom downstairs. Bigger bathrooms upstairs. It has seating like a high school auditorium with assigned seats.

8. Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4420 Museums, History Museums
Excellent
81%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 34 reviews

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

Reviewed By Misty D - Huntsville, AlabamaHuntsville, Alabama

Hidden Gem in Downtown Bakersfield

This small museum is located in an older building off of Chester Ave, but it is full of great exhibits! The first floor has models (some may be taxidermy) of animals from Africa and a few local critters too, a great shark exhibit with various shark jaws a

9. Kern County Raceway Park

Enos Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93309 Sights & Landmarks, Auto Race Tracks
Excellent
88%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 23 reviews

Kern County Raceway Park

Reviewed By Donna D - Madera, CaliforniaMadera, California

First Class All the Way!

We saw a NASCAR race here. Even though the temps were up it was very comfortable since were were facing away from the sun. The lighting was very good. We sat in the upper reserved area for $20 a seat. These were individual seats, colored in red, white, &

10. Kern River Parkway Trail

Enos Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93311 Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Kern River Parkway Trail

Reviewed By Jane K - Telford, United KingdomTelford, United Kingdom

Seemed very under used for such a great pathway

We rode from the Riverbend bike shop (who were super helpful) to the end of the trail and back again and were very surprised to see how little used the trail was on a Saturday. The surface was excellent, it was all pretty flat and seemed well maintained r

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