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California Area Living Museum (CALM)

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Address: 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93306-9654
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+1 661-872-2256
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Loved it as a kid and still loves it as an adult

I grew up going to CALM. It was a pretty cool place then and it still is. It was pretty cool to take my girls there. I really would love to take them to the Christmas... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Charlene M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I grew up going to CALM. It was a pretty cool place then and it still is. It was pretty cool to take my girls there. I really would love to take them to the Christmas lights..it was the highlight of my xmas's as a kid.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From the Friday after Thanksgiving to December 31st of each year, they transform this amazing zoo into a Holiday Light spectacular. Over three million lights cover this park and the displays are fantastic. This is family entertainment value you must experience.

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1 Thank code4a
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had not been to see the Christmas lights at Calm for 15 years. I was reading in the Los Angeles Times about places in the United States for lighting displays and it was one of them! The lights were fantastic. There was also a train ride and hot drinks and food.

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1 Thank Travelendude
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visiting CALM during their Christmas lights extravaganza was worth the time and money. The decorations were set up with different themes and many of the zoo animals were active during this event. The staff were very friendly and the abundance of lights and animation all over the park was quite beautiful. This is a great fund raising theme for the... More 

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1 Thank Kimberly W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was my first time visiting the annual light show, although I' d heard from others that it was fantastic! So when my grandsons were here after Thanksgivng, I took them and their mother to view this amazing attraction. It was beyond anything you can imagine, with helpful guides and parking attendants, to a carousel ride, train ride, and so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Christmas lights were just amazing. We'd never been to Bakersfield before but read about the lights at CALM and decided to make a weekend of it. The lights, carousel and train ride were all included in our $10 senior ticket. A real bargain. I'd like to come back next year with more of the family.

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1 Thank moorpwr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

I absolutely LOVE CALM. Their light display is always worth seeing. The staff is caring and well informed. Their knowledge of the zoo inhabitants is second to none. Friendly,a great cause and a value at any price.

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1 Thank SMRuby
Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

This was our first time at Calm to see the holiday light display and it was quite impressive. So much to see. Very colorful. There is a train ride and Carousel and it is included in the price of admission. We went on a weeknight and it cost us 10.00 per person which I thought was very reasonable. There is... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Fantastic place to visit. Buy a season pass very reasonable. The animals are active and close to visit. Mountain Lions and Bob Cats often next to glass make for fantastic pictures with grandchildren. The Christmas Light displays are very are large and impressive as well as a train ride that entire family can enjoy. The a number of other zoo's... More 

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

The lights are very beautiful. The enterance has wheelchairs lined up for free use. Do not see that very often. Most of the pathway through the light scenes is paved. The path to the fantastic trains however, is not paved. It has large rocks on dirt. Once you get to the train station it is paved. There is a nice... More 

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