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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
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Ranked #2 of 21 attractions in Fresno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Caverns/ Caves
Description: Dug out by hand over a 40-year period, more than 90 rooms, patios, gardens and courtyards lie underneath a 4.5-acre piece of land.
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We just had the hotel 5 walking minutes away and the oners recomanndet us to visit it. It was an absolute great expereince what one man is able to do just with his will, imagination and 40 years of hard work. An absolute must to see if you are in the neigbourhood hand have 2 hours you can spare. Great,... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It was a "wow" moment from beginning to end. My favorite part was listening to our well verses guide tell us every detail of Baldasores life. You can tell she had a passion for her work. Our guides name is lakishka.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had a few hours to spend in Fresno before a flight and searched the internet for something to do. The place does not look impressive from the outside. There is a chain link fence around some dusty trees. When you enter you will be greeted by one of the gracious staff and wait for the next tour. Awaiting you... More

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Auburn, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A great way to spend an hour. The underground house and gardens were amazing. The Italian gentleman took when could have been a hugh mistake and made a beutiful place to share with others. The guides could answer all the questions and one after the tour explain where the original entrance was and the auto path. When I saw the... More

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Northampton, Pennsylvania
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was not what I was expecting! When you pull up it looks like nothing, but stay. It is very unique and you will never see anything quite like it. Check times for tours as they run every hour, and there isn't much else to do while you wait.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
19 reviews 19 reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Amazing and easy tour, even when it was 100 out the house was 80 degrees or less. Great guides and while it costs a bit, you will never see anything like it. Lovingly cared for, and while the sign is hard to see, it is well worth the effort. I grew up in Fresno and had never been here, what... More

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Clovis, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

To concretize a cultural experience, I brought my students to the Forestierre Underground Garden. I gave them a little background so that they knew what to expect. When the bus parked, I explained that the shrubs and bushes that were visible from the windows were really the top of trees. We had a great tour guide who explained the history... More

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Such a unique place, underground home, gardens & much more! You will never see anything else like this place...it is really amazing how this Sicilian man carved everything out of the Earth to create an amazing living space. You have to see it to believe it!!

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Los Angeles, California
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176 reviews 176 reviews
40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Forestierre, a Sicilian immigrant, when confronted with rock formations under a thin topsoil on his 80 acres, was undaunted. He dug out rooms below surface levels, and planted trees and grape vines which rceived sunlight and water from above. More of an interest in what one can do in a lifetime. Guided tour. Tour guide was very good. They say... More

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Calgary, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

When my wife and I first drove up we were not impressed and thought it might be a waste of time. We were greeted by a very friendly Lady who informed us that the first tour of the day would be starting shortly. Our tour guide was equally as friendly and asked where everybody was from and remembered throughout the... More

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