What to do and see in Lancaster, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 14, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Lancaster /ˈlæn.kæstər/ is a charter city in northern Los Angeles County, in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert in Southern California. As of 2013, Lancaster was the 31st largest city in California. Lancaster is part of a twin city complex with its southern neighbor Palmdale and together they are the principal cities within the Antelope Valley region.
Restaurants in Lancaster

1. Civic Musical Road

3187 West Avenue G, Lancaster, CA 93536
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Civic Musical Road

Reviewed By Diane M - Lancaster, California

This road is quite unique. From what I understand, it was located elsewhere, but the music was disturbing neighbors. The new location is somewhat isolated, so a long drive from out of Antelope Valley is probably not warranted, unless you just gotta hear it. You actually do get the melody for us older listeners. The idea of a musical road is intriguing for the younger set.

2. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536-9733 +1 661-942-0662
Excellent
56%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 200 reviews

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

More than 1,700 acres of poppy fields and lined with trails featuring a variety of flowers.

Reviewed By NorCalSFO - San Francisco

This was a beautiful park. We visited in mid April, 2017. Poppies were mostly gone. Local folks said best season is depending on the weather, so you could either closely check weather, or be lucky if your trip date is already set. I was told end of March is good so we may visit here again next year. If you walk the longest trail, it'll be about 2 hours of walk. So, it's a good exercise as well. There are several other places within 100 miles from this place. We visited a couple and flowers were pretty dense here.

3. The Hangar - Lancaster Jethawks

45116 Valley Central Way, Lancaster, CA 93536-1508 +1 661-726-5400
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

The Hangar - Lancaster Jethawks

Reviewed By 968randellp

The Hangar is a special place to say the least! It's a beautiful little ballpark with all of the amenities of a large stadium including sky boxes. This is the home of the Lancaster Jethawks of the California league. The caliber of play here is excellent and there's not a bad seat in the house. There's even area's designated for children and a team store. All of this is and more for an average of $9 per person!

4. The BLVD

Lancaster Boulevard, 10th Street West to Sierra Highway, Lancaster, CA +1 661-723-6074
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

The BLVD

The BLVD is fast becoming the Antelope Valley's premier regional destination for shopping, dining, entertainment and the arts. Here, you can enjoy one-of-a-kind boutiques, experience live entertainment at locales such as the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, delight in an array of different cuisines, or take in an independent flick at Laemmle BLVD Cinemas. There's something for everyone on The BLVD!

Reviewed By Lora C

This is a nice place for all ages and life style. There great little places to eat. Lots of different and good food. Theater. Antique stores to find that special something. Farmers market with the best fruit and veggie's. Love it. At night they have bands outdoors. But don't forget if you just want a treat the candy shop, coffee and ice cream. For those who love museums there is one. Very nice lots to se and do for a day or night out. Check if it's the small race car time of year. They block off some roads but you can find parking.
Christmas is very nice. Do check on the happenings. Before you plan your trip.

5. Apollo Community Regional Park

4555 W Avenue G, Lancaster, CA 93536-8401 +1 661-940-7701
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Apollo Community Regional Park

Reviewed By Veronica M

This is a nice park. Good for walking, bike riding, skating or having a picnic. Away from the noise of the city and anything city like. The only down side is the drive to get there. It's a good distance away and the only "services" around are bathrooms.

6. Prime Desert Woodland Preserve

43201 35th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536 +1 661-723-6230
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve

Reviewed By SanMo - Malibu, California

This is a smallish park kinda hidden near a residential neighborhood.
Small but good.
Learn about the beauty of our desert and how the desert lifecycle works.
Trails-paths are level and good for small kids as well as the elderly.
Get out and enjoy nature by yourself or with family and friends.

7. Lancaster Performing Arts Center

750 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534-3130 +1 661-723-5950
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Lancaster Performing Arts Center

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We enjoyed going to the Portraits of America Concert with Goerge Bugatti and his group. It was the opening show for the 2016-17 Season for the Antelope Valley Community Concerts Association. We purchased our tickets on line.

The theater is very nice with comfortable seating. There is also a snack bar that sells wine and beer.

The show featured the famous songs from cities around the United States. It was accompanied with stellar photographs and some videos of the cities. There was also some interesting information about the composers, original singers, and interesting facts about each city.

It was a great night with a tour of America through song. Songs included such songs as Wichita Lineman (accompanied with interesting photos of Kansas lineman and their training program); Walking in Memphis, Left My Heart in San Franisco, New York New York, NY State of MInd, Carolina in the Morning.

and Route 66, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Galveston, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans; Stars Fell on Alabama; Georgia, WKRP, Chicago - My Kind of Town, Jump Shout Boogie, Moonlight in Vermont, Weekend Iin New England, Arthur's Theme, Blue Hawaii, Here's to Las Vegas, America Stand up, Oh When the Saints Go Marching In.

George Bugatti is a talented singer, pianist and performer. He has been a featured performer in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Resort. He also has starred in shows in New York City.

The Lancaster Performing Arts Center is a very nice theater and has many events throughout the year.

8. Museum of Art & History (MOAH)

665 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534-3126 +1 661-723-6250
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Museum of Art & History (MOAH)

Reviewed By SoCalRambler - Tujunga, CA

High culture in the high desert: MOAH boasts some amazing, trendy modern artists in their exhibits, along with somewhat lesser-known people and locals. Lately we've seen work by "desert queen" Kim Stringfellow, Jeffrey Vallance (love!) and others. Free admission (donations accepted), lots of free parking right outside and around the corner, dining in the same block. Recommend also visiting the Western Hotel Museum a block east on days when it's open. Also recommend taking the Metrolink ($10 day pass on a Saturday) to save driving if you're coming from LA; the station is a couple of long blocks from the museums.

9. Antelope Valley Indian Museum

15701 E Avenue M, Lancaster, CA 93535-7059 +1 661-946-3055
Excellent
59%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

Reviewed By SoCalRambler - Tujunga, CA

We love this museum, with its dreamlike cave passages and vintage displays. Definitely stop here, admission is only a few bucks and you won't see other places quite like this. (We don't, however, love the bossy young guy who works there -- others do -- who insists that you listen to his spiel and inspect the photos in his album when you'd rather wander the facility by yourself. He can get pretty snippy when you pass him by or accidentally brush up against a piece of furniture. But a neat experience nonetheless.) When you're finished with the interior of the museum, don't miss the short nature trail loop that begins just outside. There's a weathered cabin and great rock formations to provide good photo ops. After that, you might want to zip over to Saddleback Butte for a hike (in good weather), or walk around in the Phacelia Wildlife Sanctuary nearby (there's an impressive Joshua tree forest just north of Saddleback on the way. Look up the Wildlife Sanctuaries tab on the Parks LACounty Gov website for locations of other open space preserves in the area.)

10. Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park

43063 10th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534-6012 +1 661-723-6276
Excellent
48%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We went to Lancaster City Park. Its a very nice park with sports complexes. They have tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and Big 8 Softball Complex. There is an activity center.

The park has a nice playground for children. There is also nice picnic tables for family or group picnics.

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