Bakersfield Attractions

Adventure awaits in Bakersfield – California's most hidden gem! In this booming city, there is no shortage of things to do. Only in Bakersfield can you dive into the world of country music, interact with California’s most endangered species, and immerse yourself in the arts all in one day.

Here in Bakersfield, we live and breathe music. Dance the night away to live country music at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, or catch a concert at one of Bakersfield’s many venues, including the Rabobank Arena and the Kern County Fairgrounds.

If you’re craving nature, visit the California Living Museum to see animals in their natural habitat or the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science to see its expansive collection of fossils. Bakersfield also lies near Sequoia National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, so take a day trip out there for maximum adventure.

Lastly, Bakersfield is a well-known patron of the arts, so spend some time at one of our local organizations and see our city in action. Enjoy the Bakersfield Art Museum or Kern County Museum during the day, and at night, visit the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra or Fox Theater for a rousing performance.

Our hotel sits at the intersection of culture and adventure, so there's no telling where the road will take you. Whether you’re here for the weekend or for the long haul, we welcome you to the city and hope you will enjoy your stay in one of California’s most unique places.


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Things to Do

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Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza with IMAX 0.2 mi
Kern County Fairgrounds
2.1 mi
Buck Owens' Crystal Palace 3.9 mi
The Majestic Fox Theater 4.0 mi
Rabobank Arena 4.2 mi
Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science  4.2 mi
Bakersfield Museum of Art 4.6 mi
Chevron Corporation 4.7 mi
Downtown Bakersfield 4.7 mi
California State University, Bakersfield 4.8 mi
Kern County Museum 6.3 mi
Kern County Raceway Park 15.6 mi
California Living Museum (Bakersfield Zoo) 17.3 mi


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Texas Roadhouse 0.4 mi
Loncheria Otro Rollo
1.6 mi
Crest Bar and Grill 1.8 mi
Golden Corral 1.8 mi
Blaze Pizza 2.9 mi
Dewar's Candy Shop 3.5 mi
Woolworth Diner 4.1 mi
Happy Jack's Pie 'n Burger 4.1 mi
Moo Creamery 4.4 mi
24th Street Café 4.5 mi
Wool Growers 5.5 mi
Luigi's 5.6 mi


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Valley Plaza Mall 0.7 mi
Five & Dime Antique Mall 4.1 mi
The Marketplace 4.2 mi
Central Park Antique Mall 4.5 mi
Valley Farmers Market (Saturdays) 4.6 mi

Featured Attractions

Kern County Fairgrounds

Catch year-round concerts, rodeos, trade shows, and more at the Kern Country Fairgrounds! There’s always something happening here. The fairgrounds has hosted carnivals, medieval fairs, fashion shows, and bingo nights, among other exciting events. The fairgrounds is also home to the Kern County Fair, which draws thousands of people from across the state every September. The fair features a full concert line-up, amusement park rides, local food vendors, livestock competitions, and more. You don’t want to miss it!

Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

A must-see for country music fans! Bakersfield has been home to a unique genre of country music, called the Bakersfield Sound, since the 1950s. At the Crystal Palace, you can find guitars, costumes, and other memorabilia celebrating the life and legacy of Buck Owens and other famous country artists. Once you’re done touring the museum, stay for a night of live country music! Dance to music both old and new and enjoy delicious food and drinks with your friends.

California Living Museum

Visit California's most exotic animals and plants at this interactive museum and zoo! Located on 14 acres, the California Living Museum, also known as CALM, is home to over 250 animals that are injured or unable to survive in their native environments. Meet mountain lions and bobcats at the Cats of California exhibit, take a train across the zoo’s grounds, or accept the Condor Challenge, which is an exciting ropes challenge course and outdoor climbing tower on the property.