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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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"What Vision"

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Fresno, California
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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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7 attraction reviews
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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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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A marvel of what a person can do. It such a beautiful and unique place but my claustrophobia got the best of me. Underground rooms and gardens that are beyond description.

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

I took my mom to the garden for Mothers Day. It was my first time there. It is a really neat spot that is hidden away underground. The side of town that it is located at, is not easy on the eyes (especially for out of towners). However, don't let that dissuade you. After a brief orientation, the tour guide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Once you learn a bit of the story of the place, you appreciate the man behind it and the efforts of those who want to preserve it. Definitely interesting if you love seeing windows to the past.

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