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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
559-271-0734
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Fresno
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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California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This short visit was interesting and filled with loads of history. Even got some ideas for our own home and garden. Great family history in this most illogical location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a series of hand dug caves and rooms that someone made a long time ago to live in. It's pretty cool.

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Fresno, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The website says it all -- "Take a Subterranean Journey to the Mediterranean -- in the Middle of California!" Baldassare Forestiere came to the U.S. in 1901 and spent some 40 years digging and creating a huge underground home the Central California clay dirt. It was much cooler than the air above during the summers. But it is also beautiful.... More

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Fresno, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Forestiere Underground Gardens is a treasure in the rough in a Fresno. It is a series of underground rooms connected by tunnels. Fresno can get hot in the summer (a dry heat that means even though it is hot in the day it can cool off to pleasant temperatures in the evening) There was no air-conditioning when Mr. Forestiere,... More

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Fresno, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The underground gardens are fascinating! I was amazed at the scope of the structures and we loved the underground fruit trees!

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Pinedale
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Mr. Forestiere -- the man who built the underground gardens -- was an ingenious, hard-working individual with a brilliant idea. What he created is awe-inspiring. A must-see for anyone who lives in or visits Fresno!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This placed it's great as you can tell from the other reviews. Just go see it you won't regret it, especially if you have kids. Believe me!

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Wooster, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Forestiere Underground Garden is unlike anything I've ever seen in my world travels. Baldissare Forestiere carved out an amazing series of underground rooms without modern equipment, yet was ahead of his time in environmental design. The guide was very knowledgeable, as she guided us through this maze of living quarters, chapel, ballroom, and so much more. Forestiere created this with... More

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New York City, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I really enjoyed this place. I have been to Fresno several times and did not even know about this place. Worth visiting if you are in the area. The underground tunnels and the story behind their construction are interesting. The fruit trees are marvelous.

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Fresno, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

It has been awhile since I have been to the Underground Gardens, but it is a very cool place to spend some time visiting in Fresno. It is amazing how it all came together and seeing the fruit trees growing down there is really interesting....worth a stop in when in Fresno. The hours can be tricky during different seasons, so... More

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