Bakersfield – Things to do with your Team

Bakersfield was settled for one major reason, oil.  The area around Bakersfield has been a hub for oil production for centuries now, and it is a part of the highest producing oil county in the country.  The large deposits of oil resulted in people showing up in droves for work.  Since its founding in 1873, Bakersfield has steadily grown.  In the 40 years from 1970 to 2010, the city’s population has grown by 400% alone!  Bakersfield’s consistent development has transformed it into a fairly populous city with plenty of things your team will look forward to doing while they are there.


California Living Museum

Bakersfield - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsMore of a zoo than a museum, California Living Museum, or CALM, is a conservation center devoted to the care of native California animals.  CALM is not a standard zoo like you would expect.  If you are hoping to see elephants, lions, zebras, and animals of that nature, you are out of luck.  CALM does however house and care for a lot of animals specifically native to the state.  All of the animals found at CALM have been rescued from the wild and cared for because they were injured or were at one point peoples’ exotic pets.  Some of the animals you can expect to find there are bears, cougars, and pelicans.  If you and your team visit around Halloween or Christmas, CALM sets up displays of lights and decorations that are worth checking out.  Pay this admirable conservation center a visit while in Bakersfield and help support the effort to continue to provide care for animals in need. Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93306


Camelot Park

If you asked your team to decide between go-karts, mini golf, or an arcade, most of them probably wouldn’t be able to choose one.  Fortunately, at Camelot Park, they won’t have to.  Zoom around Camelot’s track in one of their speedy go-karts.  Kids must be at least 56 inches tall to drive and 40 inches to be a passenger.  Race your team and see who comes out on top.  Split up into a couple groups and work on your putting skills on one of the two wonderfully landscaped mini golf courses.  Both courses are designed to be a challenge, so don’t feel bad if you bogey a hole here or there.  Camelot Park also has an arcade, bumper boats, and batting cages that your team can use.  Groups of 15 or more qualify for group discounts. 1251 Oak St, Bakersfield, CA 93304


Rush Air Sports

This is another activity that gets your team up and moving, perfect for after a game to get rid of that leftover energy.  Rush Air Sports has a lot of trampoline related fun for the whole team.  For the more casual jumper, the freestyle jump area and foam zone are worth trying.  Bounce around unrestricted on the floor and walls and dive into a massive foam pit until you get too tired.  Dodgeball and a trampoline basketball dunking section will put your athleticism to the test and provide a more competitive environment.  Rush Air Sports offers a few out of the ordinary activities as well.  Run around in a giant hamster ball and ricochet off of your teammates.  Fight an opponent on the Battle Beam, or attempt to overcome the ninja course.  Regardless of what you do at Rush Air Sports, you’ll have an action packed time. 3200 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93308


Sam Lynn Ballpark

Home of the professional baseball team the Bakersfield Train Robbers, Sam Lynn Ballpark is one of the oldest stadiums around.  The Train Robbers are a part of the Pecos League, an independent professional baseball league based in the desert mountain regions in south western states.  Purchase some very reasonably priced tickets and enjoy an awesome game.  The fans are a friendly bunch and will only add to the Sam Lynn Ballpark experience.  Because this park is on the smaller side, it’s very easy to get up close to the players after the game, many of which are always willing to sign a few autographs. 4009 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301


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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science

Take a step back in time and explore life in the past through collections of artifacts.  Venture through the halls of Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science.  Buena Vista has three floors of exhibits and artifacts to see and learn about.  Discover dinosaur fossils and truly appreciate how large these beasts were.  The dinosaur enthusiasts of the group will go crazy over these exhibits.  Also housed in the museum is an extensive collection of Native American artifacts.  These artifacts reveal what the lives of these ancient people were like and the tools they used.  Replicas of various animals from all over the world can also be seen when you visit Buena Vista.  Elephants, bears, lions, and more are waiting for you. 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301


McMurtrey Aquatic Center

Bakersfield - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsIf it starts to get hot out, Bakersfield has the perfect place for you to go.  Enjoy a dip in the pool at McMurtrey Aquatic Center.  With multiple outdoor pools and one heated indoor pool, you can always count on McMurtrey having room for your team to swim.  They will love the pool adjacent winding slides.  There’s really no better way to enter a pool than sliding into it and making a huge splash.  There is a nominal fee to swim, but it is well worth it for some aquatic fun. 1325 Q St #200, Bakersfield, CA 93301


Valley Plaza Mall

Need a place to hangout for a couple hours, but not sure where to go?  Why not stop at Valley Plaza Mall?  This mall offers 140 stores and five anchors that your team can check out and shop at.  There are also a lot of dining options for them, so even if you have any picky eaters on the team, they will find something they’d like to eat.  Your team can wander off for a while and enjoy the mall however they choose, while giving you a break from watching over everyone. 2701 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93304


Reading Cinemas 16

If you’re already at Valley Plaza Mall, stop by Reading Cinemas 16 and catch a movie.  Choose between 16 or more movies, some with the option of IMAX.  Before your movie, play a few games at Reading’s arcade and purchase your snacks.  Then, enjoy sitting in the stadium style theater, turn your phone on vibrate, and settle in for an awesome cinematic experience. 2000 Wible Rd, Bakersfield, California, 93304


A city like Bakersfield has a lot of surprises in store for tose who visit.  This bustling city will keep your team engaged and having fun for the entirety of the trip.  Bakersfield’s booming growth over the decades has certainly created a unique city with a lot to do.