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Situated halfway between the Tehachapi and the San Gabriel mountains and a one-hour drive from Burbank, Lancaster is one of Southern California's fastest growing small cities. Once famous for being the epicenter of the region's booming wheat and barley trades, contemporary Lancaster is a town with a rich history and a lofty vision—it aims to transform itself into a carbon neutral community by 2030. Whether you come to enjoy the abundance of blossoming poppy flowers in spring or you're a history buff who wants to soak up stories of the American West, Lancaster offers something for everyone in the heart of the Antelope Valley.
Lancaster is a wonderful destination for a family break. Bring the kids along and try these top family friendly experiences together:
From sprawling green spaces to a recently revitalized downtown, Lancaster has a neighborhood to appeal to every type of traveler. Many of the city's cultural sites are situated along The BLVD, while Sargent Steve Owen Memorial Park and the Lancaster Marketplace round out Lancaster's well-balanced vibe.
Lancaster's heart and soul lies along the tree-lined streets of The BLVD, where the city’s community spirit is complemented by a decidedly cosmopolitan air. Microbreweries, trendy restaurants, and mom-and-pop shops abound, while cultural institutes like the Museum of Art and History and the Western Hotel Museum round out the scene.
Sergeant Steve Owen Memorial Park
A hub of community activity, the Sergeant Steven Owen Memorial Park beckons with eight tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and picnic tables flanked by barbecue pits. Ample green space makes this public park a favorite among residents and travelers.
Inside Lancaster's most diverse shopping center, one-stop-shoppers can find everything from home furniture stores to fitness boutiques. In addition to its myriad retail options, a collection of popular restaurants await.
From a roadway unlike any other in the United States to the offerings on West Lancaster Boulevard, there are a bevy of things to see in Lancaster. Adventurous tourists can experience a unique symphony during a drive on the Civic Musical Road. Created for use in a Honda commercial, this grooved roadway "plays" the tune to Rossini's "William Tell Overture" when passengers fly over it at highway speeds. Next, cruise to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, where the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra performs. Or, head to the BeX Bar & Grill Lounge, which showcases regional acts several nights a week. For an indulgent night at the movies, run, don't walk to BLVD Cinemas, a swanky cinema with leather seats.
From seasonal affairs to high-speed adventures, there are endless attractions and things to do in Lancaster. If you're traveling in late winter or early spring, consider making arrangements to visit the regional Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve to admire the high desert hillsides ablaze with poppies. Regardless of what time of year you plan on traveling, the Antelope Valley Indian Museum lends an illuminating look at the lineage of the region's Native American predecessors inside a chalet-style home that sits on the National Register of Historic Places. For travelers who prefer to keep things active, an evening of bowling at The BLVD's Underground Bowling Lounge is an enticing option. Or, consider heading to the Los Angeles County Air Show, where you can see daring aerial maneuvers performed by some of the region's premier jet planes.
There's no need to dig deep into your pockets in Lancaster. The following won't even cost a dollar.
The Western Hotel Museum - Take the entire family and set out on a fascinating adventure through history with one another.
Lancaster City Park - Organize a picnic date and enjoy a relaxing walk around the gorgeous plant life.
If you're chasing a bit of fun under the sun, sign up for these outdoor activities:
If it's pouring with rain during your stay, ditch the umbrella and dive into some of these indoor activities:
If you're on a shoestring budget, you may like to add the following cheap experiences to your to-do list:
You'll hardly have time to dig your wallet out of your backpack with so many terrific free attractions: