California Living Museum Bakersfield
Where is it at?
California Living Museum
10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy
Where are we going today?
California has some of the most stunning and beautiful animals and plants in the world - so what better way to celebrate, learn and admire them than at the California Living Museum!?
Their displays were created solely for visitors to experience and understand native Californian animals, plants, fossils and artefacts, so we can all ensure they are preserved in the future! We don't want you to be the last generation to enjoy them!
The zoo is located on 14 acres and features over 80 fascinating species of animals. These animals are all injured and would not survive in the wild, so are they are living their lives happily in the safety of the zoo.
There is a great open black bear exhibit, and a bird of prey exhibit featuring hawks, eagles and owls for those avid bird spotters. The mammal around houses bobcats and a number of fox species, and there is a crawly reptile house!
"Trees of California" takes you through brilliant flowers and streams - can you spot the butterflies and even the very fast hummingbirds? Can you guess how many times a minute they beat their wings? (Hint - it's a LOT!)
When you first arrive make sure the kids explore the discovery rooms with rotating interactive activates, as they will love the hands-on experience, as well as being able to check out the fossip and reading library!
They also provide educational tours for kids! It is almost and investment in our future.
How much does it cost?
- Children$5.00 (Ages 3 -12)
- Free Under: 3 (last saturday each month free up to 12)
When can we go?
9am - 4pm
Daily. CLosed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christas Eve and Day, and New Years Day.
The museum will happily accept reservations for students to attend state science standard field trips at a discounted rate. If you can’t make it to the zoo, they will come to you! An ambassador for animals will come to your assembly or classroom and really engage the kids about the importance of the environment and what the zoo stand for. .
You probably won’t want to eat what the animals are having (we hope!) so you can grab some chips, crackers, and candy on site, as well as grab some drinks from the two vending machines onsite. You can also bring your own food and enjoy it on one of the many picnic tables around! .
Any Top Tips?
Unfortunately pets are not allowed on the zoo grounds with the exception of licensed service animals. They don't want to make the other animals nervous! .
Need a little extra help?
You can hire wheelchairs free of charge, however they are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Strollers are available to hire for $2. .
Can I get one of those?
For all kinds of science and nature related items to take home, just visit their gift store! (Make sure you ask really nicely!) .
What people are saying?
by Tiffany kleinsasser
I just moved to Bakersfield and been trying out new things. My boyfriend and I thought we would try the Calm zoo today and we love it! It's very small but still fun! and they have some good animals. We loved feeding the goats and watching the Bears differently our favorite part. Kids would love this place because my boyfriend and I are 25 and 23 and we loved it!
by Roger Jones
In a word - Fantastic!
A local co-op effort to represent and save local species. It was well laid out, informative and family friendly. A real gem tucked away so close to the city. Recommend to anyone local or tourist, especially if the kids were disappointed they didn't see a bear/mountain lion in Yosemite.
by Pete Martinez
Took my son on a Saturday. Apparently the last Saturday of the each month kids are free. So it only cost me $9. It's not the San Diego zoo but for 9 bucks you get way more for your moneys worth. Great assortment of animals, spacious setting and staff was great.
by Alfredo Hernandez
Just wonderful! Small non-commercial, inexpensive zoo with all kinds of animals, no crowds. Perfect for our toddler.
by Reeves Linda
I love the California Living Museum. I take my kids there every Sunday.