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Things To Do in Bakersfield, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Updated on June 29, 2013

Things To Do in Bakersfield, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Bakersfield, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Bakersfield, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Bakersfield, commonly referred to as “California’s Country Music Capital”, was founded in 1869 by Thomas Baker and hence got its name in his honor. The city of Bakersfield has an estimated population of 347,483 (according to the 2010 US Census). This makes Bakersfield the 9th most populous city in California. Situated near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield is 110 miles away from both Los Angeles and Fresno, the economy of Bakersfield is reliant on agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Bakersfield offers a variety of attractions and activities to both tourists and locals alike. Here are the top 5 things to do in Bakersfield, California:

1. Fox Theater
The Fox Theater was opened on December 25, 1930 and celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2005. The Fox Theater has a seating capacity of 1500. It hosts a variety of shows, ranging from stand-up comedy, rock shows and ballets. The theater is reminiscent of the glorious years that it has seen and is greatly appreciated by patrons and visitors alike for its simplicity and legacy as a classic theater.

2. Rabobank Arena
Home of the local ECHL ice hockey team, the Bakersfield Condors, Rabobank Arena was opened on October 2, 1998. The facility has a seating capacity of 10,400 and is equipped for basketball, hockey and arena football games. The Arena houses the Bob Elias Hall of Fame and honors athletes from all over the Kern County. The Rabobank Theater and Convention Theater attract sports lovers from far and wide and successfully keeps the viewers delighted and the sporting spirit alive.

3. River’s End Rafting and Adventure
The River’s End Rafting and Adventure is the place to be for the adrenaline-junkies. The Company offers rafting, kayaking and paragliding tours across the exciting waters that come from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Company does its job very well, and takes the matters of safety very seriously. Great care is taken so that the visitors experience the best of the waters and leave with unforgettable memories.

Things To Do in Bakersfield, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Bakersfield, California (TOP 5 LIST)

4. Murray Family Farms
Located just off Hwy 58, The Murray Family Farms are a place to visit with the entire family. Managed by Steve Murray, the Murray farms provide an appreciable example of sustainable farm practices, and visitors can indulge upon the 178 varieties of fruits grown at the farm. In addition, the in-house cafeteria serves tasty feasts. School tours can be organized and the farms can be rented for picnics, birthdays and weddings, all to have fun with close ones and create memories.

5. Buck Owens Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace is the Californian home of country western music. Opened on October 23,1996 by the efforts of the Buckaroos fame Buck Owens, the museum houses his personal belongings and can accommodate around 550 people at a time. It always serves as a nightclub, bar and restaurant, which serves delicacies which can be savored with the delightful music.

Enjoy Bakersfield!
Thank you for reading my top 5 list of things to do in Bakersfield, California. Please visit my profile below for more "Top 5 Things To Do" in other cities around the world. If there is anything that you think should be added to any of my top 5 lists, please comment and share your experiences and knowledge. Your opinions are highly welcomed. Thank you.

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    • Radical Rog profile image

      Peter Rogers 

      5 years ago from Plymouth

      This is good stuff. Living in England we don't get much access to this type of information. Personally I like finding out about the small, out of the way places that nobody really mentions but with a bit of digging, often have a wealth of history to be found.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nice work Tony. I was born in Bakersfield.

    • JannyC profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice not only did I learn what things to do I also learned about Bakersfield, CA Seems like not a bad place to visit.

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      KT Banks 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I love your, "Things to do..." hubs. It's awesome because I get so sick of people always saying, There's nothing to do!

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      You have a very cool vibe going on here with your "Top 5 Things to Do in ___________" niche, Tony. Great job, my friend!

      A female therapist I know did quite a bit of her studies in Bakersfield. The impression I got from her and a few others is that there wasn't much to do in that city. Your hub enlightened me to the fact that either they didn't like country music or they weren't looking hard enough.

      Thanks for sharing, and I wish you an eventful and memorable weekend. Aloha!


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      Deonne Anderson 

      5 years ago from Florence, SC

      I was interested in reading this hub because when I lived in Dayton, OH I had a neighbor from Bakersfield, CA. I often wondered how it looked. She always said that she missed it. I love to travel and to read about places I either would like to visit or plan to visit. I'm glad I found your site.


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