Bakersfield Travel Guide

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Bakersfield Things to Do

  • Kern County Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you love historical buildings, then you are going to just love this place. Kern County has taken great pride and effort to preserve the history of pioneers and where they once lived. These 56 buildings on 16 acres were lovingly moved and restored inside the park and arrange into a wonderful presentation of what an old town would look like. Most...

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  • Kern Canyon

    Self-proclaimed as "California's best kept secret" the Kern River Valley is about as close to West Virginia as you're likely to find on the West Coast. Not only is this a beautiful wilderness with fishing, hiking, camping and other activities, but the towns around Lake Isabella are dirty little places full of trailer parks. We were thinking about...

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  • Historical Markers

    California Historical Marker NO. 690 SITE OF THE LAST HOME OF ALEXIS GODEY - The plaque reads: Near this site stood the home of Alexis Godey, frontiersman and scout, who lived here from 1883 until his death on January 19, 1889. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1818, he acted as guide for John C. Frémont's expedition through the Kern area in 1843-44,...

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  • Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

    The museum is open during the day and in the evening if you come here for dinner and dancing. There is a small fee for museum during the day, but well worth it if you enjoy Country Music and its history. Buck Owens had assembled load of historical guitars he used, suits he wore and loads of memorabilia he had collected. It covers the first floor...

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  • Downtown

    Bakersfield has a fairly large downtown, still fairly active, with some attractive old buildings. These include an old headquarters of Standard Oil of California, now a mixed office building, and the old Fox Theatre, as well as an Art Moderne Woolworth's building still complete with old signs, though no longer housing a Woolworth's.

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  • California Living Museum C.A.L.M.

    This a wonderful place to spend the day with the family. Lots of wonerful animals who are cared and loved here. The main perpuse of the museum is to education, recreation, conservation, and research. Many of animals were injured at one time in the wilderness and were given a home to heal, but because of their injuries they cannot take care of...

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Bakersfield Restaurants

  • Akira Japanese Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    A family owned restaurant that was started by Santos Gamez. It was on this site in 1939 a simply Hot Dog and Snow Cone stand that was transformed in 1953 into a Mexicali Restaurant. We decided to try it out. It has wonderful decor and the service here is excellent. I will say the sauces they use were different than I am use too. It was not bad,...

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  • Firehouse

    My hubby is always looking out for new places to explore as far as food goes.....lol! He lets me find the other places. He saw this advertised so off we went. From the outside you think its just another sports bar & grill, but this one is very unique. Inside there are some of the neatest historical pictures of old fire houses and crews that are...

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  • Woolworth Diner

    Is this a really cool place or what? I bet you didn't think places like this still existed anymore. Well, what makes it even more unique is that it is inside of the Old Woolworth building where they have the antique mall. So you can sit and enjoy that Cheese Burger along with being able to check out all the neat antiques too. They serve the typical...

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  • Ice House to a Steak House~Sadly has...

    Sadly this place couldn't compete with all the other businesses. Although, the place was a little dated, it was a place I enjoyed. Not just for the good food, service, and the wonderful history this place has. Wow, this place is great. I just think it is so neat that someone had the foresight in converting this wonderful piece of history to...

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  • Don Perico Mexican

    4 out of 5 stars

    This has changed to Don Perico Restaurant. This is a very nice restaurant that all would enjoy. It has a very lovely authentic decor that makes feels very relax and comfortable. They staff are helpful and friendly. The food is serve with the utmost care and very delicious. I think you would enjoy eating here.

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  • Coconut Joe's Beach Grill

    This is a neat restaurant. You order your food at the counter, but they do bring it to you. Lots t look at all over the place. The atmosphere is very colorful and cheery. It looks small from the outside, but is suited to seat a lot of customers. The food was excellent and so was the service. Monday - Sunday 10am-9:30pm We had this: Chicken &...

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Bakersfield Nightlife

  • Dancing and Dinning Done Here;-)

    I would have to say this is one of most unique places that I have ever experienced. Buck Owens obviously being the smart business man he is built a very beautifully done building if you love country music. They have concerts here with big named country western stars that love to perform here. The serve dinner, drinks and have a dance floor that is...

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  • Let Them Entertain You!

    I honestly have to not been to this, but I have heard from neighbors and friends that this is a neat place to eat a nice meal and to be entertained by several types of shows.

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  • Rustic Country

    This is a local icon that graces the outskirts of Bakersfield. You cannot miss it due to the wagon that graces the top of the building. It is one of those very rustic country restaurants that still caters to dinning and dancing. It is a favorite of local clientele, bikers, and the occasional horseback rider. We found it because we were in search of...

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Bakersfield Transportation

  • Orange Grove RV Park

    This RV park is hidden within a real live orange grove.. We like to make visits to the California Fruit Depot since it is right next door. What a unique park and it is located outside the hustle and bustle of Bakersfield. It has a country store/lodge, pool, excercise room, restrooms, game room, media room, washers/dryers, and fenced play ground, &...

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  • AMTRAK

    Bakersfield has one the distinct places to have a Amtrak station. It's done very nicey, and has plenty of parking. Bus service transportation is made available to places that the train does not stop at. This station connects with the tracks that are heading north to Sacramento. If you want to head east then you would need to leave from the Barstow...

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  • Greyhound Bus

    The Bakersfield Greyhound Bus Station is located at 1820 18th street close to the center of the old downtown. The station is open 24 hours and across the street is a small Hispanic oriented bus station where inquiry may lead to useful low cost transportation. I took a walk around the area during the 20 minute stop, and took many of my downtown...

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Bakersfield Shopping

  • The Best Tasting Oranges!!!!

    This is a hidden gem for sure. We been buying all of our oranges (while in season) here! "The best oranges in the USA as far as I am concerned." Yet, they do not sell just oranges, but all kinds of wonderful dates, nuts, dried fruits, gift baskets, pretzels, pickled vegetables, olives, sauces, honey, and a huge variety of candy such as licorice,...

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  • Just Hang Out!

    This is a wonderful place to visit and shop. There are lots of unique shops, restaurants, theatre, and a grocery store. It is a happening place at night for locals to enjoy the cooler weather at night. Lots of garden tables that invite you sit outside and enjoy the afternoon or evening. It is centerpieced by a gorgeous fountain that has plenty of...

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  • Antique's Galore in the Old WoolWorth's

    If you love to shop for antiques this is the place to come. Everything imaginable you may find here. Heck, I walk through it and can remember some of the thing that you may of used your self as a kid. Ok, sorry, let's not go there....hehe! It's a wonderful store with two floors. Though part of the first floor has the unique "50's" diner, so don't...

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Bakersfield Warnings and Dangers

  • Just some advice

    When you are in the old downtown area, just keep in mind that there are a couple of homeless shelters in that area, so at times you will be approached by those in need. So keep some spare change handy, if you want too.;-)

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  • dangerous

    this is worst place i have ever been to!it is dangerous. . . we booked to saty for 2 nights on our way to las vegs! never againwe spent the two days either in the mall or in the cinema!and even then we where approched by a man looking money! he tried to sy that his truck had been broken into and coud we give him money for petrol or a taxi!but it is...

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  • Air Pollution in Bakersfield is serious...

    During summers, Bakersfield, like most other central California cities, suffers from horrible air quality. This varies according to a number of weather related factors, but any time the air is still and the temperatures high, watch out! An air-conditioned hotel room is a must for an overnight stay here during summer. Traffic, oil, winemaking, and...

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Bakersfield What to Pack

  • Clothing needs in Bakersfield, CA

    Ok, Bakersfield is called that for a reason. During the Summer it gets hot. 95 to 105 degrees hot or even hotter. This isn't a dry heat like Las Vegas has, but it isn't real humid either. You are going to feel the heat from June easily through September usually. So plan on wearing lite apparel and laltely we have had a heck of a time with west...

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  • Packing List

    If you're planning a trip to Bakersfield during the summer months, bring tank tops, short, and flip-flops! It's mighty hot!! Also, be sure to bring some jeans and a nice shirt/blouse for dining out. There are also a few fancy places to eat, so bring one casual-dress outfit and you'll be set! These things can all be bought in Bakersfield, so if...

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Bakersfield Off The Beaten Path

  • United States of America Armed Forces...

    Located along Airport Blvd is a business (now Closed) called Oakie Ray's Barbiershop who built a tribute next to their shop called United States of America Armed Forces Memorial. Wonderfully done and packed full of some neat things to see and appreciate. It has replicas of the Liberty Bell, The Declaration of Independence, Huge Model Airplanes,...

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  • Water Wheel in Hart Park~Crashed to...

    This very rustic water wheel was built in 1933 to mimic a 1700 Italian design. This wooden water wheel had 5ft tall paddles that powered a water pump that supplied water to Hart Pool. It was one of the crown jewels of the park. It was knocked off its foundation in 1937 from a flood, but was reconstructed with brass screws to make it more secure....

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  • The Old Indian

    The Indian on the circle, he stood there very proud. All the cars would circle and he would draw a crowd. Many would look in amazement, at the largeness he possessed. Others drew back a bow and sent an arrow into his mighty chest. He always seemed to be standing there, watching and protecting everyone below. Then the sad day came along, it was time...

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Bakersfield Sports & Outdoors

  • The Links at Riverlakes Ranch

    Almond Orchards, Canary Island Pines, Twelve Blue Lakes, and Three Lighted Fountains. A potpourri of country views and Scottish Golf Elements appropriately called The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, a world-class 18-hole Championship Public Golf Course. Located in Beautiful Northwest Bakersfield, experience this new standard in daily fee golf courses....

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  • Hockey ~ Bakersfield Condors

    Not too many know that Bakersfield has a semi pro hockey team the Condors. We've been to many of their games and always enjoy it. You can see them at the Robobank Sports Arena. This particular night they were have Alumni night for the University of Phoenix graduates. It was awesome. We had seats right behind the goalies and they served us dinner...

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  • Bakersfield Blaze - Sam Lynn Ball Park

    Who can't resist a night out and take in the sights and sounds of a good old fashion ball game. This a wonderful place to take the family. It is easy to get to and they have this wonderful little fence playground area next to the parking lot. There is also a park right next door to spend the day and then make your way over to the ball park for the...

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Bakersfield Favorites

  • Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau

    This is another wonderful place to find information of things to see and do in Bakersfield. Located at 515 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield, CA 93301 (661) 852-7282Bakersfield Convention & Visitors BureauExit from Hwy 58 onto Chester Ave and turn right on Truxtun, which is the first street under the railroad tracks and as you turn right, it is on the right...

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  • Kern County Board Of Trade

    Well to get the most out of the city, stop in here and grab what ever they have. They have lots of wonderful information available to sightsee Bakersfield and also have lots of info of many of the other town and cities in the area. Well worth the trouble:-)Open: Mon thru Friday 8am-5pmLocated on the corner of Oak Street and Rosedale Highway (178)...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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