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Forestiere Underground Gardens

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Address: 5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
Phone Number: 559-271-0734
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Description: Dug out by hand over a 40-year period, more than 90 rooms, patios, gardens...
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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Unlike anything else in Fresno

A series of multiple rooms, tunnels and planters which served both as a home and vision to build an underground resort for individuals to escape the summer heat of Fresno. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Las Vegas, NV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A series of multiple rooms, tunnels and planters which served both as a home and vision to build an underground resort for individuals to escape the summer heat of Fresno. The most amazing thing is that it was all dug with a pick and shovel by one man, over a forty year period. Interesting, fascinating and possibly eccentric, but logical... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You won't believe your eyes! What just one man did with a pick, shovel and wheel barrow will blow your mind. A small city (with a road big enough to accomodate a Model T Ford) was built over several years' labor. Room after room, all dug underground to avoid the Fresno heat, all by hand became this man's home. Fruit... More 

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Visalia, California
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My mother was visiting from New York. We are new to the Central Valley. Honestly, this was the only place I could think of to take her besides the national park. The tour was interesting. It took about an hour and all of us found this worth the trip. A week later my husband brought the tour up in conversation.... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I went her quite often when I was a kid living in the area. The fun part is the holes the owner had dug to accommodate the trees he had growing. The owner did a lot of inventive stuff to maintain structural integrity and lessen the risk of cave ins.

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Madera, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

How many times is the attraction underground. After you have been here you want to go home and start tunneling. You may think a guy has to be weird to do this but in a hot climate it's pretty smart. Check it out.

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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The underground gardens are a marvel not to be missed. It is astounding that one man could create such a home for himself. The best time to visit is in the heat of the summer (when Forestiere was inspired to begin his excavation). The Underground Gardens are an overlooked jewel in the central valley.

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Mr. Forestiere realized that it would be much cooler underground rather than on the surface in the hot Central California Summers. Apparently what started as a basic project became an extensive lifelong pursuit. Chambers are built with openings to the surface, allowing light for the fruit trees he planted that are still bearing. Eventually some of the spaces he created... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Very interesting to see this amazing site & hear the how it was created. There was more to it than I thought there would be from the photos.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place is amazing!! Go visit, it will blow your mind what one man did all by himself. Kim our tour guide is wonderful, knowledgeable and funny.

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Sanger, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Nothing big and fancy here. It is quite interesting what this guy did. He built a basic underground hotel. Its big under there. The tour guides are great. Call for times...

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