Only in America
The Underground Gardens Fresno
Where is it at?
The Underground Gardens
5021 W. Shaw Avenue
Tel: 559 271 0734
Where are we going today?
The Forestiere Underground Gardens are a hand built series of underground tunnels, chambers and more constructed by one man, Baldassare Forestiere.
We're not talking basements and dens here, this is a catacomb style network of stunning proportions complete with subterranean landscaping which boasts fruit bearing trees, living vines and plants nearly 90 years old.
Arches, vaults and other displays of artectural talent maintain a dream like atmosphere bound, with the achievement itself, to inspire kids.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 4 years.
When can we go?
April through October on seasonal timetable, with tours running hourly on open days.
Bottled water can be bought and taken in, but no foods or drinks beyond that..
Any Top Tips?
Original flooring in place is basically dirt so wear appropriate footwear..
Need a little extra help?
Standard wheelchairs no wider than 26" from wheel to wheel can be accommodated. be warned there are several sets of stairs. Tour transcripts are available but not to take away..
What people are saying?
by Shelley Moreno
This was a very interesting place. The time and dedication it took for that man to dig that much is amazing. It is worth every penny to get to hear the history and walk through the main tunnels and see his home. The tour guide was amazing. She made the tour so enjoyable and fun! This is a great place to visit during the summer because it is so cool underground. A must see if you are looking for something to do in Fresno!
by Michele Berionne
Extremely interesting! Best thing to do in Fresno during a short stay. And best thing: it's cool inside while 100+ outside.
by Robert Hanson
This place was totally worth the stop and the $$. Its very unassuming from the street, but as soon as you walk through the gates you're greeted by a friendly face guiding you to the entrance (not particularly obvious). The friendly faces continued through the whole visit. And the tour, oh the tour, truly inspirational! The work done here by this gentleman is truly a masterpiece. There's a surprise around every corner and pure genius. Its heartwarming to know that what's left of the property is still in the hands of the Forestiere family.
by Rochelle R
We LOVED it. I'm actually glad they still have the old sign out front and it doesn't look like much from the outside. It adds to the drama as you walk in and see how awesome it is! My grumpy hubby and son thought I had gone nuts to make a special trip there when they got out of the car and looked at it....but in the end, they admitted that they were completely amazed and impressed!
by Deana Gomez
I went there with my parents and brothers way back in the 70's and would like to go again.