We’ve highlighted many attractions that are gems of the Central Valley, but the Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno is truly the greatest treasure of all.
Built over a period of 40 years starting in 1906, this underground home is one-of-a-kind and world famous.
It’s fascinating to tour the tunnels, rooms and courtyards, which were all excavated by hand.
And, summer is actually a great time to visit because you can experience the underground coolness in stark contrast to the Valley heat, which is what inspired Baldassare Forestiere to create this.
There are also a wide variety of trees and plants, each strategically planted for optimal growing conditions.
The tour includes a summer bedroom, a winter bedroom, a bath, a functional kitchen, a fish pond, and a parlor with a fireplace.
Our kids loved to imagine what life would be like here!
The tour guides are fabulous and very knowledgeable.
The tour is about 1 hour long, and we would suggest that kids be old enough to listen quietly to the guide and understand what they are seeing.
Go to the website for complete information about tour times and prices, and to book tickets.
Anyone who lives in or visits California’s Central Valley MUST see the Forestiere Underground Gardens!!
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