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California Area Living Museum (CALM)

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Address: 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93306
Phone Number: (661) 872-2256
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Best Zoo/Animal Park in the county

I've been here multiple times since childhood. It's easily the best place to learn about the wildlife in California's central valley, and it's great for individuals, couples and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Vedgy
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Bakersfield, California
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Bakersfield, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I've been here multiple times since childhood. It's easily the best place to learn about the wildlife in California's central valley, and it's great for individuals, couples and families.

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Bakersfield, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A down to earth living museum or also a zoo that has as many of the animals in California as they can get. All the animals are depicted in natural settings and are well kept. Every year CALM lights up the sky with about 3 million lights, computer controlled and lit up for the enjoyment of all ages. We don't... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What a great place to go especially during the holidays. You not only get to the the animals you see a wonderful light display so beatiful.

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Bakersfield, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you're looking for a large zoo, like Los Angeles, or San Diego, then this would not be the place to go. The times that I have personally been there, the majority of the animals have been up and about. Maybe a suggestion would be to call CALM to see when they're feeding the animals, and maybe show up prior... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It's been a year since attending the holiday lights here, but the third time did not disappoint. Any locals who have not bothered, are cheating themselves. In culinary equivalency, it would be like living in B-town (I hate Richard Beene's Bako) for twenty years and never having eaten in a Basque restaurant. Really spectacular - even on a foggy night.... More 

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Lakewood, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very small zoo. Animals were all sleeping. Stayed for an hour. My son spent most of the hour on the very small playground

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Bakersfield, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a small "zoo" which features indigenous animals of central California. Many of the animals are young ones who were brought to CALM by rescuers. You can see a variety of native birds and mammals. You can also see indigenous reptiles and some insects. The animals are mostly in large enclosures, moats, or cages, but they seem happy enough... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Nice small zoo with a good variety of animals, very educational and beautiful. Even a petting zoo where you can feed the farm animals that was really fun. Had a good time. Staff was nice, and price entrance was good for what we saw. Drive a little further out and there's a beautiful park with lakes we had our lunch... More 

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116 reviews 116 reviews
12 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We visited CALM Christmas Lights in Dec. A little gem. Kids loved the lights and rides. Bring lots of warm jacket, as it can get cold. Hopefully, it will return next year. Getting there can be a problem if unfamiliar with the area since some navigation will route you a few miles off course...ie in the middle of nowhere in... More 

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Bakersfield, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I had a birthday party there in April. The staff was really nice and accommodating to my needs. The only thing is that people would rudely walk right through our party to get to the playground. CALM is awesome. I encourage everyone of all ages to go.

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