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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
+1 559-271-0734
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Fresno is my hometown and I can't believe I've never been here. It's a little fairy elfin grotto... read more

Reviewed January 19, 2016
Rachel Z
Kapaa, Hawaii
via mobile

You'll love to tour the underground gardens. You won't be disappointed. The history of the... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2016
Fresno, California
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Take a tour off Highway 99 and visit Fresno's best kept secret. *A hand-built network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of the ancient catacombs. *Unique fruit producing trees, shrubs, and vines growing underground - some over 90 years old! *Ancient Roman architecture - arches, vaults and stone-built walls. *Underground micro-climates - temperature variations of 10 to 30 degrees! *Underground home of Sicilian visionary and self-taught artist/builder Baldassare Forestiere.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
+1 559-271-0734
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Reviewed January 19, 2016 via mobile

Fresno is my hometown and I can't believe I've never been here. It's a little fairy elfin grotto. It's a little underground town I feel like I'm in a fairy tale where the little creatures of the Forrest are going to come out and dance...More

1  Thank Rachel Z
Reviewed January 13, 2016

You'll love to tour the underground gardens. You won't be disappointed. The history of the development of the gardens will surprise you. You can drive by and it looks like a field. It would be great for a wedding reception, especially if you want to...More

1  Thank LexHouse
Reviewed January 3, 2016

Forestiere Underground Gardens is a hidden Fresno Gem. Underground living quarters in years past, architectural design for wind flow, rain diversion, underground vegetation amidst living quarters is quite stunning. Went in the middle of a Central Valley summer day and the temperature difference was astounding...More

3  Thank M F
Reviewed December 21, 2015

When we drove up it just appeared to be an empty lot - So glad we went on the tour. An amazing story and place..I would encourage anyone to go see this. (Great for a hot summer day!)

2  Thank lsiegele
Reviewed December 15, 2015

I had heard about the Underground Gardens for a long time and just never made the effort to go and visit. I am so glad that I finally did. It is an amazing place and so unique. It is hard to believe that one man...More

2  Thank Amazontraveler2013
Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I went to the Forestiere underground garden, with my boyfriend. We went because we were bored. When we got there we didn't realize how amazing it was, and how educational it could be. I really enjoy my time there.

1  Thank rosab1985
Reviewed December 15, 2015

I love taking my family and friends from out of town here. It is interesting and cool place to take them. Especially during the summer.

Thank Jana T
Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Very nicer lace to visit... I was impressed with the knowledge and information that the tour guide had. It was very informative and at the same time beautiful... Rich in history..,

Thank beatrix1019
Reviewed December 10, 2015

I have been there at least twice. It is great experience. The guy that built this underground home truly hated the heat. Talk about determination its truly a masterpiece.

1  Thank Travelguybh
Reviewed November 29, 2015

This was a real surprise and very enjoyable. Amazing accomplishment and a great story about a man that did miracles with hand tools and sweat. Can get some great ideas for your back yard.

Thank demozeleski
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What was your favorite part of the tour at the Forestiere Underground Gardens?
June 23, 2017|
Response from Bukashaus | Reviewed this property |
The actual underground gardens and living areas were amazing however we really enjoyed the whole experience.
Maria C
What are the hrs during the week
June 4, 2017|
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Response from Forestiere U | Property representative |
Our website has full details but our current hours are 10 am through 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Here's the overview: MARCH - Saturday and Sunday only, 10 AM to 3 PM APRIL * MAY * SEPTEMBER * OCTOBER... More
Juan G
Is there any parking
September 30, 2016|
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Response from Forestiere U | Property representative |
Hello! We do not have a parking lot, but parking is available on Shaw Avenue and Forestiere Street, bordering the northern side and western side of our property.