Murray Family Farms is a working farm with a commercialised side, and is a popular staple of Bakersfield. Seeing the “Big Red Farm” is a must, settled on 43 acres of farmland. A giant tractor takes visitors throughout the acreage, which provides a scenic tour of the surrounding crops and landscape. Guests can also take advantage of a interactive animal zone and farmer’s kitchen, serving up delicious treats such as roasted corn and breakfast pies.
Play ball! A visit to Bakersfield isn’t complete without a trip to Sam Lynn Ballpark. Come here for an affordable night full of fun to cheer on the Bakersfield Blaze, a minor league Class A team under the Seattle Mariners. The park is also the oldest in the Class-A Advanced California League.
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace is named for Buck Owens, the legendary Country Music Hall of Fame musician who called Bakersfield his home until his death in 2006. The palace is used primarily as a venue for country music, but also as a Buck Owens museum, nightclub and restaurant. Buck’s is a special venue that can only be found in Bakersfield, celebrating the life of one of its most popular legendary residents.
A trip to the Rabobank Arena is a must during your visit at Bakersfield. What’s impressive about the place is that it’s used for so many different kinds of events – music concerts, monster truck exhibitions, comedy shows, sports – you name it! Come here with your family for a Disney on Ice performance or come out to support the local hockey team, the Bakersfield Condors.
California Living Museum (CALM) is Bakersfield’s zoo, founded in 1983. Originally started to educate the public on plants and animals native to California, the zoo has expanded into a 14 acre exhibit and a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wild animals. CALM is also known for providing educational programs to thousands of school children all across Kern County.
10 miles northeast of Bakersfield is Lake Ming, a manmade lake extremely popular for local motorboats, waterskiing and sailboats. The recreation area includes shorelines, picnic tables and barbecue grills as an option for families or parties to meet up on a sunny day at the lake.
By: Brendan Scully
Brendan Scully is a recent college graduate from Boston, MA. Check out his travels throughout the USA and abroad here.