Tour of Bakersfield's Chester Avenue, Bakersfield

This tour starts at Garces Memorial Traffic Circle and heads north to the Kern County Museum downtown. You will visit Pioneer Village, the Children’s Discovery Center, and other attractions that shouldn't be missed! Explore Bakersfield's fun and vibrant Chester Avenue on this tour.
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Tour of Bakersfield's Chester Avenue Map

Guide Name: Tour of Bakersfield's Chester Avenue
Guide Location: USA » Bakersfield (See other walking tours in Bakersfield)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: Sandra
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Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center

1) Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center

The Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center is part of the Kern County Museum, which was established in the late 1970s. The art, history, and science exhibits provide a hands-on experience for kids. Your kids will have a great time learning about plants and animals, art, the universe, and more. The center is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building

2) Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building (must see)

The Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building is a historic building in Bakersfield, California. It is considered one of the best surviving example of architecture designed by Charles H. Biggar. It is a combination of three architectural styles: Beaux Arts, Mission Revival, and Arts and Crafts.

In the mid 1920s, Kern County decided to build a structure that would showcase both products and innovations from the county. Although it would be the headquarters of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce, the building would be constructed by the county government. A site on the Chester Avenue near the Kern River, which the county already owned, was selected.

In 1945, the Kern County Museum opened. It utilized a small portion of the Chamber of Commerce building. The museum became very popular, and the amount of artifacts on display continued to increase.

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Pioneer Village

3) Pioneer Village (must see)

Pioneer Village includes more than 50 historic structures, which were moved from their original locations to the old Kern County Fairgrounds. The structures are representative of the style from the time and location they were built. There is a school building, depot, hotel, church, wooden oil-well derrick, pumping equipment and more. The site is arranged just like a real pioneer settlement would have been.
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Beale Clock Tower

4) Beale Clock Tower (must see)

Beale Memorial Clock Tower is a clock tower located in Bakersfield, California. It was a gift to the city; built by Truxtun Beale in memory of his mother, Mary Edwards Beale. It was dedicated on April 4, 1904. When he was ambassador to Spain, Beale was inspired by a clock tower he saw there. He hired architect Clinton Day to design it.

In 1910, the Bakersfield and Kern Electric Railway started planning a double track upgrade on the South Chester Line. The Beale Clock Tower was right in the path of that line upgrade. On January, 22 1912, the Bakersfield City Council voted to remove the clock tower. However, after protest from citizens, and Truxtun Beale, it was decided to leave the clock tower. Tracks were built around it, which would create future traffic problems. However, the citizens at the time were content to drive around the narrow space.

The clock tower continued to stand until 1952, when a series of earthquakes shook Kern County. Being damaged by the earthquake, the city council again voted to demolish it. The only parts to survive were the: clock works, bell, iron spiral stairwell, balcony railings, and arch iron grillwork.

In 1961, a group of local citizens organized an effort to rebuild the clock tower. The new clock tower would be built in front of the Kern County Museum on Chester Ave, approximately 1.25 miles north of its original location. It was dedicated on December 13, 1964 to the County of Kern.

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The Supply Sergeant

5) The Supply Sergeant

The Supply Sergeant is a military surplus store that will appeal to hiking, camping and outdoors enthusiasts. The store offers a fine selection of survival goods. The parking lot is full of historical military vehicles, tanks, tools, and equipment, as well as a model submarine, which is fun to explore. You can find just about anything survival-related here, including patches, gloves, goggles, first aid kits, camouflage uniforms, hats, durable boots, and much, much more.
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Father Garces Statue

6) Father Garces Statue

The Father Garces Statue was erected in honor of American missionary and traveler Francisco Garces (1738–1781). This limestone statue, designed by regional artist John Palo-Kangas in 1939, stands at the traffic circle on US 99. More than 20 feet tall, the statue was designed in the Modern style. The pedestal bears a plaque declaring the statue a Historic Landmark.

Walking Tours in Bakersfield, California

Create Your Own Walk in Bakersfield

Create Your Own Walk in Bakersfield

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bakersfield is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bakersfield Nightlife Tour

Bakersfield Nightlife Tour

Bakersfield has a vibrant nightlife. Visit The Nile Bar and Grill, which is housed in a beautiful, historic building or check out Jerry’s Pizza and Pub, famous for its alternative rock concerts. Do all this and more on the following tour of Bakersfield's hottest bars, pubs, and clubs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Bakersfield Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Bakersfield Museums and Art Galleries Tour

A great number of art galleries are concentrated in Bakersfield's downtown Arts District. The arts continue to blossom here, transforming Bakersfield into a major regional arts center. In addition to galleries, there are also many fascinating museums in Bakersfield, such as the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Take this tour to visit Bakersfield's most notable museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Colonel Thomas Baker established the city now known as Bakersfield in 1863. His small original settlement has developed into one of the largest cities in California. There are many notable landmarks in downtown Bakersfield that highlight the cultural and historic significance of the city. Take this self-guided tour to get acquainted with the beautiful monuments, parks, and cultural venues spread throughout Bakersfield.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Bakersfield Historic Buildings Tour

Bakersfield Historic Buildings Tour

Many buildings in Bakersfield were damaged during the earthquake of 1952. Fortunately, many of them have since been carefully restored and preserved. Take this tour to explore Bakersfield's past by visiting some the city's buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places or as Historic Sites in Kern County.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bakersfield for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bakersfield has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bakersfield, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.