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Things to do in Kern County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
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“Delicious comfort food and locally brewed bear. A favorite spot for our family and many locals and guests.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy Breakfast overlooking the Kern River. Watch the rafters on the river from the deck. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Local Country music hall of fame. Its known for its Sunday brunches, nightly line dancing and live music.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Delicious breakfast pastries and home made pies. Goods are baked fresh each day, but sell out quick!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Mexican food, nice outdoor patio to dine on, great service, within easy walking distance.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“This nice, newer museum is right in downtown Kernville and has a lot of information about the local area’s rich Western history. From gold mining days to moviemaking. Free admission and hosted by very knowledgeable local volunteers, they know it all! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Padre was built in 1928 but recently restored. Enjoy dinner or a drink and walk around our downtown area. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Night Club
“Good food, large selection of wine, live music, creative menu and all around good vibes”
  • 14 locals recommend
History Museum
“Many events held at this museum. You will be able to view plenty of historical pieces here.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Vons has everything you need during your trip. Good prices and great variety!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cinema
“Cute little theater with the best popcorn ever! Hosts one movie at a time and often the biggest blockbuster currently running. Local flavor and intimate seating. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Campground
“This is about 30 min drive from our location. It is a wild life preserve that is free and is a great opportunity to see local wild life while hiking and our valley's rolling hills. Great stargazing!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“A fun place to meet people, dance to live music and more. This saloon is a fun filled place to hang out and enjoy some night life. It also has a game room with tables and TV's to enjoy sporting events!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Small local general store where you can find the basics. Prices are significantly higher than Bakersfield or Santa Clarita, so if you're driving in, you will save money by shopping for essentials in one of those towns.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Now known as THE PERCH a fun place to grab a drink and bit of pub food open 4-11PM Weekends til 2AM”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Delicious comfort food and locally brewed bear. A favorite spot for our family and many locals and guests.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy Breakfast overlooking the Kern River. Watch the rafters on the river from the deck. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Local Country music hall of fame. Its known for its Sunday brunches, nightly line dancing and live music.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Mexican food, nice outdoor patio to dine on, great service, within easy walking distance.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Padre was built in 1928 but recently restored. Enjoy dinner or a drink and walk around our downtown area. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful, cozy, comfortable, romantic atmosphere with amazing dishes. Great for a date night but also good for kids as well. We love their mushroom appetizer, clam chowder and baked lasagna. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fun place, good pizza and salad bar. White Water pizza is highly recommended.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cheryl's Diner is a family run Kernville staple. Good for your basic diner food cravings (homemade meatloaf on Mondays) & the staff is super friendly. A good spot if you have a pup with you since there's a patio!”
  • 8 locals recommend

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