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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
559-271-0734
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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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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I always wondered how gardens could grow underground. Finally I went to see for myself. There are SKYLIGHTS, and a series of open courtyards with trees growing in them. Mr. Forestiere lived in the property and at one time it was a resort. Only a small portion is still open, but it is fascinating. It was a very HOT day... More

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Clovis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

call and make sure they are open they are family run and sometimes not so well but very cool unusual facility dug by an Italian immigrant , this has been featured on history channel and in national geographic magazine so well worth seeing

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

Lived here several years before I knew about it and after some out of town relatives told us they want to go see it, we all went and it is great!

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is one of the few sightseeing places in Fresno and it was quite interesting. It was very cool down below in the caves though outside temperature was so hot. Only problem was the high entrance fee and lack of parking outside.

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Campbell, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is on Shaw Avenue and if you weren't specifically looking for it, you would pass right by. There is only street parking and when you pull up out front, all you see is a little garden and what looks like a large dirt lot. You sit under and nice little trellis while waiting for the next available tour... More

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

it has been the best thing I have seen in Fresno, this place is an oasis in this city of beauty, wonder, and cool! It is a family enterprise and it makes it a super friendly and relax place. Everyone is respectful looking at this huge man's lifetime work. His work and genius was very interesting and in many ways... More

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have always loved Forestiere Underground Gardens. I recently had the opportunity to take all my Grandchildren there for their first visit. They were all so excited and impressed. It is truly an amazing place. An underground treasure! It took Mr Forestiere a lifetime of hard work and devotion to create this fantastic, magical, underground home and garden. A must... More

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Clovis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went to Gardens in the middle of Fresno's hot summer and despite the outdoor heat, a great local adventure in the coolness of the underground. Excellent for school trips, in my humble opinion. All local kids should be offered to view something of Fresno's history & dev't. as proof the politicos don't just tear everything down that is old (and... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited in August and it was HOT, about 114 degrees that day but inside the cavern/maze, it was comfortable. I can easily see how this man was able to make this his home for many decades. Imagining what it was like with the ponds and plants at their peak, pretty neat. Our only complaint was the size of the... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

How can one explain what underground gardens are? If you happen to be in Fresno, then you must visit these gardens. They are stunning and no explanation will befit your visit - seeing is believing! Preserving this facility and it's creation is work of genius...

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