Fresno is a lively city with plenty going on. We think it has the best of all worlds. It has the legendary Californian weather, is within easy reach of everywhere and is only a short drive to some of the most popular spots in America.
We have put together a brief overview of the most popular things to do in Fresno. We hope it helps.
Forestiere Underground Gardens
The Forestiere Underground Gardens are unique, interesting and a must-see for anyone visiting our city. The gardens were originally created by a Sicilian immigrant by the name of Baldasare Forestiere who excavated 70 acres of ground beneath his land so he could grow crops and live out of the sun. It’s an amazing experience if only to appreciate the fruits of a 40 year obsession.
The Tower Theatre in the Tower District is an Art Deco building that has been maintained in the original style of the time. It now acts as a premier center for the performing arts in the city.
The Tower District
The Tower District is an arty area of the city that houses the Tower Theater and a range of bookshops, galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It is also home to our city’s gay and lesbian, artistic and alternative communities. It’s a great way to see a different side of our city.
Fresno Metropolitan Museum
The Fresno Metropolitan Museum is a firm family favorite, with hundreds of exhibits and things to see and do. Many of the exhibits are interactive, allowing children to explore science, history, Native American crafts and antique puzzles in a firmly interesting way.
Fresno Art Museum
The Fresno Art Museum is in Radio Park and is a great way to see work by local artists as well as traveling exhibitions of national and international works. This is a great way to spend an afternoon browsing and see the world through different eyes.
Chaffee Zoological Gardens
Chaffee Zoological Gardens, or Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a small zoo set in Roeding Park that is home to hundreds of animals of different kinds. It doesn’t have the size or scope of San Diego or Chicago, but it’s a great way to view exotic animals and explore their native habitats.
Fulton Mall is a decent-sized pedestrian area that is on the California Register of Historical Places. There are a range of public artwork on display as well as a coffee shop, brewery and some individual stores and restaurants. It’s a nice place to visit and a haven of tranquility in the city.
Those are just a few of the many things to see and do in Fresno. If you’re planning to visit or stay awhile, each is a great way to experience our city at its best.