The Central Valley Sights

California Living Museum

  • 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy. Map It
  • Bakersfield
  • Zoo/Aquarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

At this combination zoo, botanical garden, and natural history museum, the emphasis is on the zoo. Within the reptile house lives every species of rattlesnake found in California. The landscaped grounds—about a 20-minute drive northeast of Bakersfield—also shelter captive bald eagles, tortoises, coyotes, black bears, and foxes. Additions in 2015 include a touch tank and jellyfish exhibit, a zip line, and a high ropes challenge course.

Sight Information


10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy., Hwy. 178 east to Harrell Hwy. north, Bakersfield, California, 93306, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $9
  • Mar.–Oct., daily 9–5; Nov.–Feb., daily 9–4

Published 11/12/2015


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