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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
559-271-0734
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Fresno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Dug out by hand over a 40-year period, more than 90 rooms, patios, gardens and courtyards lie...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Gardens, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner 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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Punta Gorda, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

It was a hot day in Fresno in September so it was refreshing to go underground to a fantasy land. I was very impressed with the tunneling and the imagination of this man. The tour guide was knowledgeable and for what was offered, I believe the price was right. I wouldn't recommend it for kids. They would probably be bored... More 

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Fresno, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Great place to bring visitors from out of town! We took our cousins from Colorado Springs Colorado in August 2014. Interesting, easy to park and get there and no traffic jam! Well, there are no traffic jams in Fresno, California; best kept little secret in USA!

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Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My wife and I had stopped for lunch in Fresno, and did a quick search of the area for any interesting attractions. The underground gardens seemed to fit the bill, so we headed over just in time for a tour. I was extremely impressed with the work that it took to make all the tunnels and enjoyed hearing the history... More 

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West Covina, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My fiancé and I visited the gardens in July while staying overnight before heading out to sequoia National park. It sounded interesting on their website but after seeing it in person I have to say that the admission charge of $15 is to high for the 45 minutes guided tour.

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Fresno, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I took my mom and dad when it was hot in Fresno. It was cool and the tour guide had a lot of knowledge. It is a beautiful piece of history. I would not recommend it for small children. We had some school age children on the tour and the guide explained things so that they could understand also. Beautiful... More 

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Fresno, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

great place to take kids. informative and interesting. a must visit in Fresno. great history lesson.

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

Although the entrance to this magnificent architectural construction gives the impression of "Why am I here?" when it could be in a more attractive place ... once you enter through that door and at every step you lower your will understand the value of its beauty and authenticity. Baldassare Forestiere a Sicilian immigrant, uneducated, came to America in 1902 at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit. Friendly staff, place are clean, good walking distance, good for the kid and the whole family, no hand on activity. portable bathroom :(

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Santa Rosa, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This was a lot of fun to visit. Given its unique nature and historic value maybe this place should be a national park service site. Unfortunately the site is hemmed in by the typical ugly Fresno sprawl development. It is too bad the city did not find a way to protect the site from development. I don't like Fresno much,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

During my visit one message was repeatedly uttered by many in my group "has anyone ever done a documentary on this." It's an amazing story, and quite a gem to see. It's a place you'll want to take lots of pictures, so when you tell your friends/family, they'll understand your excitement. It's all walking, so bring comfortable shoes...

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