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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Fresno, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Baldasare Forestiere, an immigrant from Sicily, over a period of 40 years from 1906 to until his death in 1946 dug, lived and created this amazing maze of rooms! It's an absolute "world wonder".

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Emigrant Gap, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We visited on a HOT Fresno morning. The underground tour was a great way to escape the heat. The guide was knowledgeable, although he spoke too fast for my hard-of-hearing husband. Adding a pin to the map was entertaining to the teens in the group

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Santa Rosa, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
38 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This place is amazing made even more so by our guides' detailed information about the builder's life and his years of hard work to fulfill his dream. My DH is an architect so very much appreciated the building techniques used in the construction of the tunnels and grottos. We highly recommend this tour as it is something so unique and... More

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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We just had the hotel 5 walking minutes away and the oners recomanndet us to visit it. It was an absolute great expereince what one man is able to do just with his will, imagination and 40 years of hard work. An absolute must to see if you are in the neigbourhood hand have 2 hours you can spare. Great,... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It was a "wow" moment from beginning to end. My favorite part was listening to our well verses guide tell us every detail of Baldasores life. You can tell she had a passion for her work. Our guides name is lakishka.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had a few hours to spend in Fresno before a flight and searched the internet for something to do. The place does not look impressive from the outside. There is a chain link fence around some dusty trees. When you enter you will be greeted by one of the gracious staff and wait for the next tour. Awaiting you... More

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Auburn, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A great way to spend an hour. The underground house and gardens were amazing. The Italian gentleman took when could have been a hugh mistake and made a beutiful place to share with others. The guides could answer all the questions and one after the tour explain where the original entrance was and the auto path. When I saw the... More

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