Situated at the middle-center of California, Fresno is the fifth-largest city that was formed in 1856, right after the California Gold Rush. Fresno was given the name after huge population of ash trees that reside along the San Joaquin River.
So, if you are in Fresno, here are a few things that should be in your list of must-visit places:
The Underground Gardens
Underground gardens are quite unusual yet interesting tourist attractions that give a view of Roman architecture. Also named as Forestiere Underground Garden, the place is some 90 years old. It all started when the Baldassare Forestiere ran from the home and started digging this underground maze of garden, patio, and grottos.
The unplanned digging continued till 40 years and become a fantastic garden that we see today. You will see various fruit trees, including oranges, grapefruits, and lemon trees.
River Park Shopping center
Situated on the East side of Blackstone Avenue, River Park shopping center is an outdoor shopping center that is divided into three areas. One is the Marketplace, which is a traditional power center anchored by Kohl’s and Target; The Shops at River Park, which is an outdoor lifestyle center and a shopping center with a Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger and more.
Fresno Art Museum
While the Museum is small, it contains various impressive pieces that attract everyone. Born in the late 1940s, the Fresno Art Museum has got reorganization as the national art museum having various artworks.
You will see over 36,00 works with the permanent collection of sculptures, prints, and paintings. And, since it rotates his artwork every season, you will see something new in each visit.
Yosemite National Park
If you are looking for a nature-filled experience, visit this iconic Yosemite National Park. Having more than three million visitors globally, this national Park is one of California’s most popular tourist attractions.
Besides, it’s also touted as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which extends to the Sierra Nevada Mountains covering a total of 3.026 sqm. You will see granite cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, and an amazing Yosemite Valley.
The Tower Theater
Opened in 1939, The Tower Theater is still one of the best theaters of California. With an overall seating space of 761 people, the theater has three tires situated at each side of the auditorium. The Tower Theater is always packed, and many shows even appear for a few nights before the next starts. So, stay updated with the box office schedule to see what will come next.
Woodwork Park is the third largest Park in the Fresno area, having various activities for visitors. Take a stroll to this 5 acre park or sit along the San Joaquin River.
The main highlight of this Park is the Woodward Shakespeare Festival, also called Shakespeare in the Park, which is popular for its play on the WSF stage. Further, the Park is also a perfect picnic spot having around six park shelters, two activity areas, and one gazebo.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
If you are visiting Fresno with your little ones, the Chaffee Zoo will surely entice them. It is open from 9 am to 6 pm every day and until 7 pm only on Friday. Also, the tickets are quite affordable, ranging from 5.50 USD to 10 USD.
You will find more than 100 species of mammals, birds, plants, and amphibians. Other main attractions of the zoo include African elephants, giraffes, Stingray, cheetahs, and more.
California is not just popular for wine; there are various craft breweries that you can try with the most popular one is Tioga- Sequoia. Established back in 2007 and is spearheaded by Kevin Cox ( called as brewmaster), you will get to taste the best seller beers like Half Dome California Wheat, Gen.Sherman LPA, Zorro Especial Lager and California 99 Golden Ale.
Want to taste Southern Italy delights in the Joaquin Valley? Make a visit to Sam’s Deli. Offering handpicked fine cheese from Italy, delicious olives, and tasty meat, Sam has so much to offer. Also, they serve imported pasta made with pure olive oils, homemade bread and focaccia, and more.
Which place did you like the most? Do let us know in the comment section!