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Forestiere Underground Gardens

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Address: 5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722-5026
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+1 559-271-0734
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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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Human Goffer

I went here a few years ago. It is worth your time. A single guy built a underground motel. Temperatures in summer can exceed 100+during summer. He figured how to beat the heat... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
ray h
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Sanger, California
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Sanger, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here a few years ago. It is worth your time. A single guy built a underground motel. Temperatures in summer can exceed 100+during summer. He figured how to beat the heat before air conditioners. Call ahead and make sure there open and tour times..

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my sisters idea for a special day for the two of us. I was unsure about the idea of walking in a "garden" but WOW this was spectacular, such a cool thing. I would recommend to everyone!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Forestiere was a visionary! Even when it was over 100 degrees outside, the tour was a comfortable temperature. The amount of work this man did is inspirational. With great forethought and planning he worked to make his dream come true. Driving by the property, you would never imagine that below the soil was a complete home and more.

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Fresno
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

If you haven't visited, I suggest you do. It's an awesome experience. You are toured thru underground living of this man who made it all happen. Pretty interesting place.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Check before you come to be sure that this wonderful man-made spectacle is still open. This is a spectacular place being closed by the mindless High Speed Rail (HSR) project, There were many casualties of this project, and no thought was given to preserving some of the Central Valley's prized locations. HSR is considered a great imposition by the residents... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Interesting. Unusual. Local history. Docents were friendly and knowledgeable. An added bonus that being underground was natural air conditioning during the heat.

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

I drove past this place for many years. One day a friend at work organized a trip for a group of us to visit the underground gardens. It wasn't anything like I expected and was such a unique experience. I would definitely recommend it. We went in the summer and it was so nice and cool on the tour!

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Seriously. It is cool inside. Temperature wise. Forestiere really knew how to live comfortably in this dreadfully hot climate. What sticks out to me the most is the beautiful stone faced walls and the orange trees made of three different types of oranges. Biblical references influence the garden. They are still finding new tunnels to this day!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

this tribute to the dedication of a single man is different from almost anything I have seen. There is an entrance fee which includes a guided tour around some parts of this fascinating structure. Its a perfect place to while away some time on a hot day while learning about the history of how and why Forestiere created this excavation.

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Fresno, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

The story behind Forestiere is really interesting and fascinating. I did enjoy the tour and appreciated getting out of the 102 degree heat of Fresno that day. However the price was a little inflated for the experience. I don't know if FUG does coupons, but if they do I would say go with a discount.

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