Summer Fun in  Bakersfield 8

Cooling Off in the Hot July Sun

Keeping cool in Bakersfield in July can be challenging to say the least! Hopefully, this July will not echo the record-breaking numbers of last year. If you’re not headed to the coast or the mountains, here are some great ideas to beat the heat this summer.

River’s End Rafting and Adventure Company

If white-water rafting has been on your bucket list and you’ve been waiting to check it off, now is the time! There was too much water last summer, but owner Dingo Nilsson says the water level is just perfect this year. The River’s End team is highly qualified and has extensive experience on the Kern.  In addition to rafting, you can learn hard-shell kayaking or pan for gold. 15701 Highway 178, Bakersfield, California, 661.326.7003,


Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area

The Buena Vista Recreational Area comprises two man-made lakes, Lake Webb and Lake Evans. Lake Webb is the larger lake and measures approximately 873 acres. It is available for power boating, jet skiing and fishing. The smaller Lake Evans, measuring approximately 86 acres, is a quieter area for sailboats, fishing and boating at speeds 5 mph or less. Picnic tables dot the shoreline surrounding the lakes. Campsites, bicycling, basketball, soccer fields are also available. Located approximately 25 miles from Bakersfield, it is an oasis for water enthusiasts and families looking to cool off. 13601 Ironbark Road, Taft, California,

Studio Movie Grill

What better way to escape the heat than retreating to the sumptuously comfortable new Studio Movie Grill? Enjoy a unique entertainment experience with the latest laser-projected movies, studio extreme large-format auditoriums and Q-SYS sound systems. You can press a service button from your luxurious recliner and order a meal from the extensive menu of specialty cocktails, appetizers, entrees and desserts. 2733 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield, California, 661.535.2292,

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

For the perfect cool treat, try Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt. The shop provides premium quality frozen yogurt, while giving control back to our customers through a modern self-serve concept. With more than 100 flavors and a variety of toppings, the possibilities are endless. Two area locations.