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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Gardens, Outdoors
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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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Santa Rosa, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Fresno, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I've driven by this patch of dirt hundreds of times, not knowing what hidden gem I was missing. My family came for a visit from back east and we decided to go there. To know that someone made this "home" by hand without the modern tools we have now is just incredible. This is an easy walk and can be... More

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Yosemite National Park, California
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14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We absolutely loved visiting the Underground Gardens. Though I have lived near Fresno for many years, I had never been and highly recommend the tour. The guides are very knowledgeable and are excellent in working with people.

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Los Angeles, California
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27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

$15 per person for the tour which is really over priced for what it is. It is kind if interesting to see the tunnels but there are NO GARDENS just a few citrus trees. The guides do a decent job burnt one on the tour (15 people) was very interested either

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have often driven by and thought "I should check that out" but hadn't. Having a burger across the street, at In-N-Out my grand son asked about the Garden, we decided to take the tour. Very interesting, held both my attention and that of two grand kids ages 8 and 11. We all enjoyed the tour. Recommended for all but... More

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Fresno, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Lived here all my life and finally went, it was very interesting! Wish I would have done it sooner. Would be a place to take my grandson, I think he would be amazed.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Don't overlook or dismiss this unique experience. After living in Fresno many, years, I'd heard of the Underground Gardens for years, but had never visited, thinking it was "just some holes dug into the ground." What a mistake! It's an amazing work that demonstrates outstanding knowledge, instinct, and hard work by the builder. The gardens underground, the amount of work... More

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The story of how and why this gem was created is in itself worth the trip. But to actually walk the underground passages is like nothing else. I lived here all my life and didn't know about this place until Family from Louisiana came for a visit and told me about it. They had seen it on a travel channel.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Not what we expected. Much better! From above it doesn't look like much, but below it blows you away. More an underground house and orchard than gardens. Very unique.

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