FRESNO COUNTY IS TRULY CALIFORNIA’S YEAR-ROUND PLAYGROUND!
You haven’t truly experienced California, until you’ve spent time exploring Fresno County, the only metropolitan hub centered between three national parks — Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia.
Fresno County is home to the blossom trail, where orchards flutter with pink-hued petals. To experience the beauty of the Fresno County Blossom Trail, plan your visit mid-February through March. It makes for a lovely drive, with plenty of can’t-miss photo opportunities.
Have you ever seen a fruit tree growing from 20 feet underground? See this oddity, along with subterranean living quarters including a bedroom, patios, and passageways at the Forestiere Underground Gardens. This California State Historical Landmark, was dug, chipped and carved, by one man over 40 years.
Perhaps Fresno County is best known for its bountiful agriculture. Taste locally grown produce at the peak of its season. This includes sweet, juicy peaches, nectarines, apricots, grapes and a locally known favorite — the sweet corn from Fresno State’s Gibson Farm Market. Of course, the variety of local produce is limitless, and may be purchased at the farmers’ markets brimming the county. Stop by Simonian Farms in Fresno or Circle K Ranch in Selma, for beautiful fresh produce, nuts, jams, honey, dried fruits and more.
Fresno County’s plethora of produce makes for bottomless farm-to-fork options. Experience endless cuisine options throughout the area. The School House Restaurant & Tavern in Sanger, offers seasonally fresh house made food in a charming brick schoolhouse built in 1921. Enjoy fine wines and custom crafted cocktails — not your typical school cafeteria scene.
Sip your way through Fresno County Wine Journey, consisting of 13 wineries, a brewery, and a distillery. All are locally owned and most are family-operated. Savor the delicious flavors, while soaking in the peace of the beautiful vineyards and countryside. Also experience neighboring Madera Wine Trail, with its own extraordinary wines and incredible scenery.
Experience the wild side of Fresno County when you visit the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. The zoo is home to 190 species and state-of-the-art exhibits. The African Adventure is a 13-acre, naturalistic exhibit, featuring lions, elephants, cheetahs, white rhinos, and a giraffe feeding station. Touch the rays in the Stingray Bay, and journey to the California Coast at Sea Lion Cove — one of the most unique and beautiful new sea lion exhibits in the country.
Offering more than 10,000 hotel rooms, Fresno County can be reached within three hours by car from San Francisco, Los Angeles or Monterey, and two hours by car to Yosemite National Park.