Nestled in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is one of the state’s largest cities. It’s also just an hour’s drive from four national parks, and home to seven sports stadiums, an annual Woodward Shakespeare Festival, and endless outdoor recreation. Here are some can’t-miss attractions for your visit.
1. Forestiere Underground Gardens
The life-long work of Baldassare Forestiere, this attraction includes a hand-built network of underground courtyards, rooms, and passageways reminiscent of the famous ancient catacombs.
2. Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Enjoy 39 acres, housing more than 190 species and several unique attractions, including Stingray Bay, Valley Farm, Dino Dig, African Adventure, Ross Laird’s Winged Wonders Bird Show and Sea Lion Cove.
3. Yosemite National Park
Encompassing 747,956 acres, this world-famous attraction includes amazing granite cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls and over 800 miles of trails.
4. Island Waterpark
Treat the family to a soaking-wet day of fun at this sprawling water park, featuring popular attractions, such as the Tunnel of Terror and Mumbai Monsoon.
5. River Park
Get in some retail therapy at over 75 big name stores and little-known diamonds. This popular Fresno hotspot also includes several great restaurants and a 21-screen movie theater.
6. The Discovery Center
Enjoy a marvelous range of interactive exhibits and learn about botany, electricity, geology, dinosaurs and much more.
7. The Tower Theatre
Catch a concert or live show at this intimate local performing arts theatre that’s been a Fresno fixture since 1939.
8. Big Fresno Fair
This popular two-week event attract\s countless visitors with a variety of rides and exhibits, including horse racing, livestock shows, and live music.