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Things to do in Bakersfield

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Music Venue
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“Local Country music hall of fame. Its known for its Sunday brunches, nightly line dancing and live music.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Padre was built in 1928 but recently restored. Enjoy dinner or a drink and walk around our downtown area. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
History Museum
“Many events held at this museum. You will be able to view plenty of historical pieces here.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Check out their website for what's happening. They have live music as well as show movies. It's a beautiful old theater located downtown. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely park area, in touch with nature, picnic areas. Has a the Spectrum amphitheater. Great for relaxing!!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Zoo
“-The California Living Museum, also known as CALM is a zoo in Bakersfield, California that focuses on plants and animals that are native to California, specifically Kern County. -Some of the exhibits here include: Cats of California Exhibit; Open Black Bear Exhibit; Bird of Prey Exhibit (with hawks, owls & eagles); a deer yard & an underground reptile house. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cinema
“Friendly employees, clean, and super comfortable reclining headrests and seats...makes for watching movies MORE comfortable. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Entertainment
“We love that we are close when we book concerts, it's a great venue for many forms of entertainment. We have seen Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Blake Shelton, and Disney On Ice just to name a few. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“If you want fresh and hip then here you go! We love coming here for the vibe, food, and beverages. This is a rustic cafe serving craft coffee drinks with all-day breakfast & lunch fare, beer & wine. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Museum
“Our Museum of Art has wonderful exhibits and a beautiful garden. Check out their website for information. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“ A little further than Albertsons, but with a little better selection. Starbucks inside, if you need caffeine while you grocery shop. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
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“A Bakersfield tradition, Dewar’s Ice Cream parlor, is a step back in time, when life was slower and simplier. This iconic location is just down the street from our guest house (4-5 blocks).”
  • 7 locals recommend
Nature
“local pool and small water park. Great to bring the family during the summer and also has a skating rink during the winter.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Tpp brewery in Bakersfield, along with great pub fare. Burgers are some of the best in Kern County. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“If you like, good ole fashioned breakfast, at an iconic diner, this is the place to go!!! Probably the best biscuits and gravy you’ll ever eat! ”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Music Venue
“Local Country music hall of fame. Its known for its Sunday brunches, nightly line dancing and live music.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Padre was built in 1928 but recently restored. Enjoy dinner or a drink and walk around our downtown area. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Downtown fine dining with a beautiful outdoor eating area. A wonderful night out with your special person. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“If you like, good ole fashioned breakfast, at an iconic diner, this is the place to go!!! Probably the best biscuits and gravy you’ll ever eat! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Locally owned family Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Bakersfield. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family-friendly Caribbean tapas, rum drinks & sangria in a cozy, colorful space with string lights.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bottle Shop
“One of Bakersfield's oldest restaruants, family owned for more than 110 years. In Old Town Kern, historic part of downtown. Incredible food specials, pasta, steaks and drinks. A Bakersfield must stop. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Reasonable buffet. Salad bar, American &Mexican (fried chicken, roast beef, Mexican rice, beans...). A lot of desert. No Alcohol. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

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