Ideas For Free Time – Bakersfield

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For an authentic Basque style dinner (delicious family style meals served on long communal tables) head to the historic Noriega Hotel. At around 125 years old and still family run, it is now recognised as the oldest Basque restaurant in the world.

The Kern County Museum is a fascinating collection of over 56 historical buildings depicting the history of the area and has many exhibits to enjoy such as ‘Black Gold – the oil experience’ from which the county was built upon. For live music, head to Buck Owens Crystal Palace where you can enjoy the gritty style of country music called the Bakersfield Sound, and even a champagne brunch on Sundays!

To get out and enjoy some nature during your stay, head to the Wind Wolves Preserve, comprised of around 93,000 acres of grasslands. These grasslands are home to Californian Condors, Tule Elk, the endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox and the Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard.

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