Bakersfield On a Budget

28 Apr

In the past Bakersfield has received a bad rap in the eyes of society. Hollywood’s 2000 production of Castaway references Bakersfield on a large chunk of a port-o-potty. Talk about giving the world a great idea of what Bakersfield’s all about. Unfortunately many residents of Bakersfield feel the same. I’ve heard quite a variety of insults toward our tiny town.

“The air sucks”, “It smells like cow” and the ever popular “There is nothing to do”.

Bakersfield may not be known for amazing theme parks, beautiful beaches or the worlds biggest yarn ball, but it has its small town treasures. People just have to be willing to search them out, and learn to enjoy the simple things.

Finding entertainment for struggling college students can be difficult, owing to the fact that we’re broke. There are a multitude of things for us poor college students, all of which are under an astounding $5.00.

River Walk Park, Bakersfield CA Photographed by Jessica Mullich

River Walk Park, Bakersfield CA Photographed by Jessica Mullich

An evening walk at River Walk Park is not only enjoyable but its free! Going during the evening ensures that you beat the heat, and the crowds of weekend bbqers.

Bright House Amphitheater, Bakersfield CA Photographed by Jessica Mullich

Bright House Amphitheater, Bakersfield CA Photographed by Jessica Mullich

In addition to providing beautiful scenery and opportunity for exercise, River Walk Park’s Bright House Amphitheater offers “Movies in the Park” once a month, also free! June 14th’s feature film is Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Show time begins at dusk. http://www.bakersfieldamphitheater.com/movie_nights.html

yogurtland

Not but a stone’s throw away from River Walk Park is one of Bakersfield’s newest hot spot for a healthier sweet treat. Yogurtland offers a variety of flavors and topping choices to curb even the sweetest tooth. A medium size cup of delicious yogurt filled to the brim with toppings runs anywhere from $2.00 to $5.00. In addition to a great product and a hip new atmosphere, Yogurtland has a beautiful outdoor seating area that’s great for those breezy summer nights. http://www.yogurt-land.com/

There may not be over the top, adrenaline pumping, eye-catching wonders here in Bakersfield, but there are little treasures for everyone; including those on a tight budget.

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