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California Area Living Museum (CALM)

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10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93306-9654
+1 661-872-2256
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Local Zoo has California animals

CALM specializes in animals that live in California, so you won't find the usual sampling of exotic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nick S
Fun place to see California wild animals

It is an amazing place. A zoo for native animals. Well laid out, with interesting exhibits of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bakersfield, California
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93306-9654
+1 661-872-2256
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

CALM specializes in animals that live in California, so you won't find the usual sampling of exotic animals from Africa or Asia. The California animal selection are all vertebrates and mostly mammals and reptiles. Also has a great "zoo lights" display during the Christmas-New Years...More

Thank Nick S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is an amazing place. A zoo for native animals. Well laid out, with interesting exhibits of California's native animals.

Thank lucasd43
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my daughter , son in law and 3 grandchildren . it was really magical for the kids ! lines were a bit long , very popular event ! and the rides were free the night we went , so probably why lines were...More

Thank Samsill
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this sanctuary for California indigenous animals in mid-November on a day that workers were installing the Christmas lights around the grounds. Particularly enjoyed seeing the bears and especially the bobcat, who came within inches of me, on the other side of a glass partition...More

Thank susan7066
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

CALM is a great place for children and adults alike. Lot’s of wildlife from large mammals to bugs. You won’t be disappointed. Bring a lunch and enjoy the shade under the big trees or come during the Christmas Season and enjoy the spectacular lights. Either...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 January 2018

What this place does on such a limited budget is awesome. Basically an animal rescue facility disguised as a small zoo. The variety of local plants and animals is usually very good. The Christmas light display is a must-see if you have children.

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

What a great setup. We like visiting here anyway, so we thought we would try this. Nicely arranged in the landscape, with a lovely train ride and a carousel, the lights are great. There is enough to do for the family. Good lighting, simple but...More

Thank itstheflyingdutchman
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

How can this place be open? The place looks very run down and neglected. The animal habitats are very bare and the animals look lonely and trapped in sad depressing conditions. They should really reconsider their signage where it’s says the animals natural habitat is...More

Thank K2service
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

This is a very good place to visit with family and friends, you can walk with a very well designed light images and shapes. The need to decorate more the area of the train, the ride was good but in some places there is clear...More

Thank MasterGeorge8
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

First time to Calm and I’m glad we went early.... if you have little ones, head to the train first then walk through all the millions of beautiful lights... they have hot chocolate and kettle corn... dress warm.. we will be back next year

Thank Cheryl I
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