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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722-5026
+1 559-271-0734
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Fresno Tourist Spot

This was a great place to take out of town guests! We had fun as locals and it was a great place... read more

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Carynne S
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A must see attraction if you are in the area.

This was not what we expected, but it was awesome. The passion this man put into his dream is... read more

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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fruit trees” (30 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722-5026
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a great place to take out of town guests! We had fun as locals and it was a great place for people out of town to learn a little about Fresno history.

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Reviewed yesterday

This was not what we expected, but it was awesome. The passion this man put into his dream is unbelievable. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was excellent. It doesn't appear to be much from the outside but the inside is what...More

Thank lovetotravel969
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your review and kind words. We agree - it's definitely what is on the inside that counts!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed this activity! At $17/adult i was skeptical and I saw the Huell Howser episode at the gardens. This was better than I anticipated. Very interesting. I consider a must see if in Fresno. If you live in Fresno this is a must...More

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much for your visit, for giving us a try and for your review. We're glad you were impressed with Baldassare's accomplishments.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

There's nothing I've seen like it; one man's life-long passion. Out travels took us through Fresno, and we had the time, so we stopped in, and are glad we did. The sign is not obvious so look carefully. Parking is on the street in front...More

Thank Arthur R
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your visit, your review and your helpful tips.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped in Fresno while on a road trip and because of the good reviews decided to visit this place. I'm so glad that we did. The story and the gardens were really interesting. It was unlike any place that we've ever seen before. Our...More

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your visit and your review! We will pass along your kind words to Latieshka!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is mind boggling that one person with a pick ax could create this. Completely underground. The hot summers in Fresno made it necessary for the original owner to find a way to keep cool. If you don't like enclosed areas you should rethink going...More

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your visit and your tips!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

To see some develop a tunnel system to make a cool place in a hot location and land useful is downright amazing. An amazing site to visit.

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your visit and your kind review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was such a treat. Having grown up in Fresno I can't beleive it took 25 years to go. The gardens offer a lot of great history, and are very cool in the summer heat! Our tour guide was fantastic, and fun. I would...More

Thank Tonya H
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your visit and your review! Your tips are excellent.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ability of one man to construct such an elaborate living quarters underground is remarkable. Don't expect a ferris wheel or an exciting time like that but it is something that is definitely worth seeing in Fresno on your way through. As the tours start...More

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your visit! We will pass along your kind words to Cindy, and appreciate your review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This has been viewed worldwide and no wondering why. First of all, we had the BEST tour guide. Donald, you did a fantastic job. I had learned more on this tour than the previous one. Details are important and Donald shared them. This is an...More

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review, your tips for success and your kind words about Donald. We will pass them along.

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Sumita1986
1 April 2018|
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Response from Forestiere U | Property representative |
Yes - we are open on April 1st - our cost is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $8 for children ages 5 - 17
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Judy0000
5 March 2018|
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Response from Forestiere U | Property representative |
Yes! We will be open Wednesday through Sunday in September.
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Forestiere U
24 June 2017|
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Response from Bukashaus | Reviewed this property |
The actual underground gardens and living areas were amazing however we really enjoyed the whole experience.
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