It may be true that Bakersfield is not the top city in California, but it does have something special about it that draws visitors to it. It has been a fast-growing city in the country for the past years and continues to prove its natural charm to those who want a homely feel and a good place to spend time with their family. Here are some of the things you can do in Bakersfield, California.
Bakersfield Museum of Art
The Bakersfield Museum is located in Central Park. It has four galleries that feature works by local artists. It was established in 1956 by Walter Osborn to honor the memory of Marion Osborn Cunningham, their daughter. Initially called the Cunningham Art Gallery, the museum boasts of two large galleries and two small ones and gardens with sculpture displays.
The Fox Theater is a monumental theater where major performing arts and ballet events and dance recitals were held. It can be found in H Street in the metropolitan area of Bakersfield. It became operational in 1930 with an architectural design based on the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It closed in 1977 but was restored in 1994 by a group of businessmen.
Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
This interesting place was established in 1995 with its collection of Bob and Mary Ernst's fossils. You can see it at Chester Avenue in the Arts District of Bakersfield. Buena Vista Museum owns the largest collection of fossils in town. The museum also exhibits a replica of a triceratops skull and offers its visitors with several tours.
Buck Owen's Crystal Place
Bakersfield is known for its great musicians and one of them is Buck Owen. He was a country singer and songwriter who had 21 top hits on the country music Billboard charts with his band, Buckaroos. Buck Owen's Crystal Palace holds venue for Western and country music, with a museum and a restaurant. Visitors are intrigued by the delicious brunches and concert events in the place.
California Area Living Museum
This 14-acre property is home to over 80 species of animals. It was founded in 1983 and gives shelter to animals that have been injured or those who were unable to thrive in the wild. This will be a fascinating place for children to visit, so if you have no idea where to bring your kids this weekend, this may be just the right place for you. They exhibit owls, black bears, deer, and other mammals.
Kern County Raceway Park
The Kern County Raceway Park opened in 2013 to replace Mesa Marin Raceway. It can accommodate 17,000 racing enthusiasts and also has 21 VIP suites where fans can watch the races. The park hosts several events such as the K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR'S Whelen All-American Series.
Kern River Parkway Trail
The Kern River Parkway Trail is the largest city park that boasts of a 6,000-acre stretch of land. There is a horseback riding trail, walking trail, and a bike trail in the park. The trails move past several lakes that can be found in the park.