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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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Very unique and interesting

Despite having toured the gardens several times, it is still inspirational and interesting to see how one man's idea and focus resulted in this legacy. The irony that Forestiere... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Clovis, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The opening hours listed on tripadvisor didn't match the actual hours. The place is closed every Monday and Tuesday, and December to February. We arrived and were very disappointed to see a closed place.

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Despite having toured the gardens several times, it is still inspirational and interesting to see how one man's idea and focus resulted in this legacy. The irony that Forestiere never reaped the benefit from the public that he planned, makes this legacy more powerful. For the price of admission, the family ought to consider opening up other parts of the... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is a must see attraction! To think that someone took dozens of years to build an underground compound with gardens and living space. You can't see it from the street because it is underground. But up close is beautifully done. So much history here you need to take the family and see how great it is!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

These gardens are absolutely incredible and well worth seeing. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. One man's vision, determination and hard work resulted in an amazing creation. Totally enjoyed the experience and left in awe.

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

One mans idea turned into a creation. Just a few minutes from the hotel and we were there. Truly enjoyed our kind who told us the history of the gardens. Thanks

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There is some family history that is interesting about this place but all in all it is overrated. Groups of visitors are lead through a maze of dug out rooms. There is no literature and you are not allowed to explore on your own. I would not recommend this "attraction" for families with small children due to the sometimes confined... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Hard to believe that any person would create this environment. It was nothing but digging for YEARS. Definitely a curiosity worth seeing.

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This really is a one-of-a-kind attraction. The host does a nice job of taking visitors through a tour of the underground rooms and explaining the history and undertaking behind this sprawling structure. A visitor gets to walk through most of the remaining building and can easily imagine what it was like to live there. The dug-out living quarters contain a... More 

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is really interesting. Amazing what the man did by his self. This is a great place to show children about what dedication can to.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a lovely place for a family visit, especially during the hottest time of the year here: it's always temperate twenty feet underground. The amount of effort and care that went into the construction of this amazing bit of Fresno's past are mind-boggling. It's all about the vision. Check this out, it's well-worth a few hours.

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