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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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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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Family daytime excursion

We decided to visit this attraction before the dead heat of summer last year, and it was a pleasant surprise to get so much history from this day time family excursion. Loved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We decided to visit this attraction before the dead heat of summer last year, and it was a pleasant surprise to get so much history from this day time family excursion. Loved walking through all the tunneled rooms and checking out the plantings along the way all basically underground.

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Gardens in October. They have a great tour telling the history of how the gardens came about. I have been wanting to go there sense I first saw it on the old Bill Burred travel show and again when Huell Houser visited it as part of California Gold. Definitely worth a stop if you are in Fresno.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you happen to be in Fresno, for any reason, FIND the time. This is a true MUST see. Fascinating place. GO.

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1 Thank DirktheDiggler
Oakhurst, CA
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I remember visiting this place when I was about seven years ago. I am now 67. Yes, it was that impressive to me as a child. My second visit didn't disappoint.

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1 Thank GoldenKatie
Fresno, California
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing trip for my family. We really enjoyed being underground where it was nice & cool while it was hot above ground. Really appreciated what Forestiere did by himself digging all those years. Amazing! Staff very friendly and tour guides very nice and informative. We definitely will come again :)

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1 Thank Sarah L
Kapaa, Hawaii
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fresno is my hometown and I can't believe I've never been here. It's a little fairy elfin grotto. It's a little underground town I feel like I'm in a fairy tale where the little creatures of the Forrest are going to come out and dance for me. They your you through to explain the history and let you frolic as... More 

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1 Thank Rachel Z
Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You'll love to tour the underground gardens. You won't be disappointed. The history of the development of the gardens will surprise you. You can drive by and it looks like a field. It would be great for a wedding reception, especially if you want to have a fairy tale reception.

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1 Thank LexHouse
Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Forestiere Underground Gardens is a hidden Fresno Gem. Underground living quarters in years past, architectural design for wind flow, rain diversion, underground vegetation amidst living quarters is quite stunning. Went in the middle of a Central Valley summer day and the temperature difference was astounding and refreshing.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

When we drove up it just appeared to be an empty lot - So glad we went on the tour. An amazing story and place..I would encourage anyone to go see this. (Great for a hot summer day!)

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Fresno, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I had heard about the Underground Gardens for a long time and just never made the effort to go and visit. I am so glad that I finally did. It is an amazing place and so unique. It is hard to believe that one man did all of this on his own. Our tour guide was so informative and very... More 

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