Must-do adventures at Edwards Air Force Base

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The Edwards Air Force Base community has a lot to offer the families who live there. Located in sunny California, there are plenty of exciting outdoor activities for adventurous families to enjoy, along with top-notch restaurants, entertainment venues and shopping experiences. 

To help you get acclimated to your new home, Corvias staff has compiled a list of the best must-visit places near Edwards AFB. Whether you need a fun way to spend the day, information on which school to send your kids to or the best spot for a date night with your spouse, our staff knows the best locations!

"Edwards Air Force Base typically has pretty mild weather."

Relocation to Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards AFB s located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. One of the best things about this location is the diversity in the surrounding areas. In just a couple of hours, you can go from the dry, hot desert to the sunny beaches of the Pacific Ocean! A number of California's most popular cities are close enough for easy day or weekend trips, making this location ideal for people who like to experience it all.

Corvias Military Living provides a variety of on-base housing options with a range of amenities to suit all of your family's needs. On-base schools are part of the Muroc Joint Unified School District, which includes the Branch Elementary School, West Boron Elementary School, Boron Junior Senior High School and Desert Junior Senior High School.

Despite its desert location, Edwards AFB typically has pretty mild weather. Temperatures average from the low 40s in the winter to the upper 80s in the summer. The area doesn't get much in the way of precipitation, measuring only a few inches each year. That means there are plenty of great chances to enjoy the outdoors without unexpected rainstorms coming by to disrupt your plans.

Fun Facts About the Edwards Air Force Base Area

  • Edwards AFB has been in operation since 1933. 
  • Originally named the Muroc Air Force Base, it was renamed in 1949 in honor of Capt. Glen Edwards, a pilot in World War II. 
  • In the 70s, the base served as the launch site for several space shuttles.
  • The Mojave Desert is home to the infamous Death Valley. In 1913, the hottest temperature to ever go on record in the U.S., 134 degrees Fahrenheit, was registered here. 
  • The Mojave River actually runs underground in the desert.
  • There is a variety of fascinating wildlife in the area, including the endangered desert tortoise.

Staff Recommendations
One of the most exiting parts of relocating is getting out to explore your new community. Fortunately, there are plenty of fantastic places to go to keep your family entertained as you get to know the area.

For the active types, our staff recommends spending the day at Mulligan Family Adventure Center in Palmdale. With a ropes course, batting cages, laser tag, go karts, blaster boats and rock climbing walls, there isn't enough time in the day to experience it all in just one trip. They even have an arcade for when everyone's getting a little tuckered out from the physical activities and wants some virtual fun instead. 

Also located in Palmdale is the Dry Town Water Park, a perfect way to spend those sunny summer days in the desert. With swimming pools, water slides and a toddler water park for the little ones, the whole family can have fun splashing around or taking a leisurely float down the lazy river. 

If you're looking to catch a show, look no further than the Palmdale Amphitheater. Along with hosting a variety of music superstars, symphonies and holiday concerts, it also hosts family movie nights. For only $4 a person for those over 12 (children under 12 get in free!) the family can cozy up to watch a film outside. You're allowed to bring your own snacks, and there are free activities set up for the kids before the show starts at 6 p.m.

Can't decide between a day spent shopping, checking out art displays or catching a show? At Lancaster Boulevard in northern L.A. County, you can have access to it all. Museums, wine tours, races at the Willow Springs International Motorsports Park and dozens of boutiques and shopping centers, everyone can find something to love in this area. Our staff specifically recommends visiting the Musical Road, a roadway with deep groves in it that create sound when cars drive over them. Working much like the grooves in a vinyl album on a record player, vehicles that drive along the Musical Road will play the William Tell Overture finale. 

Lancaster is also home to the Jethawks, a triple-A feeder team to Major League Baseball's Houston Astros. Take the kids out to the ball game to watch some future MLB stars in action! Kids can even sign up for summer baseball camps to learn the game directly from the players. It's a great experience to creating lifelong memories while also teaching new skills that kids can use on and off the field for years to come. 

"Our staff has several recommendations for can't miss eats."

All those local activities are sure to make residents work up an appetite. Our staff has several recommendations for can't-miss eats around the Edwards AFB area, like Dixie's Smokehouse BBQ for some decadent barbecue. The restaurant offers some classic Texas BBQ like pulled pork, racks of ribs and catfish filets, alongside some more modern twists like a coconut shrimp and mango salad.

If you're craving meat but aren't in the mood for barbecue, grab a hamburger at Habit Burger. Try the teriyaki charburger, topped with grilled pineapple, or get it Santa Barbara style with avocado and a sourdough bun. Wash it down with a hand-spun milkshake or malt for the full Habit Burger experience. Of course, if beef isn't your thing, you can indulge in a number of other menu items like a tuna steak sandwich, veggie burger or grilled chicken sandwich.

For families that have a lot of different palates to please, you can't beat the variety at Claim Jumper Restaurants. Have a light lunch of fish tacos, cashew chicken salad sandwich or some burger sliders. For dinner, try rich meals like a thick porterhouse steak or salmon Oscar. Pizzas, pastas, soups and salads, there's something for everyone in the family here. 

When it's time for a date night, try hitting Bravery Brewing. This is a great location for the adults to get away to together. Go on a tasting tour to sample dozens of specialty crafted beers from cream ales to Irish reds. Grab a bite at a hosted food truck on special event nights. The brewery hosts parties for holidays like Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo, as well as a rotating schedule of fabulous local bands. 

Weekend Destinations

  • Los Angeles is about two hours away.
  • Santa Monica, California, is about two hours away.
  • Bakersfield, California, is about two hours away.
  • Palm Springs, California, is about two hours away.
  • San Diego is about three hours away.
  • Fresno, California, is about three hours away.
  • Death Valley is about three hours away.
  • Las Vegas is about three hours away.
  • Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, is about three hours away.
  • San Francisco is about five hours away.
  • Sacramento, California is about five hours away.