The largest city in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley is Fresno, which also happens to be the the city in the US that grows the largest quantity and variety of fresh produce. As well as the gorgeous weather all year round, and it being the entertainment, cultural, financial and business capital of San Joaquin, there is plenty to do here if you are planning a trip to Fresno sometime soon.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Fresno is home to a wonderful zoo in the form of Fresno Chaffee Zoo in the heart of Roeding Park. There is a wide array of different enclosures inhabited by many different animals including the Valley Farm, Dino Dig, Stingray Bay, Sea Lion Cove and Ross Laird’s Winged Wonders Bird Show. You can also feed the giraffes and get up close and personal with various species there. The newest exhibit called African Adventure opened in 2014 and aimed to bring the African Savannah to Fresno. Doubling the zoo’s area in the process. You could easily spend a day getting lost and found again walking round and exploring the various sections.
Meux Home Museum
The Meux Home Museum is worth visiting if you are interested in learning a little bit about Fresno during Victorian times. The house is presented and furnished as it would have been in the 1890s and even by today’s standards it is very opulent and elaborate. The architecture of the home is a beautiful example of the look and feel the Victorian Era was famous for, taking different sources and forms and bringing them together in a singular design. There are 10 rooms to explore, all furnished and decorated similarly to how a traditional Victorian family would have and the walls are brimming with history.
Fresno Art Gallery
For a look into the art and culture of the San Joaquin Valley, the Fresno Art Gallery is a must-see. Originally conceived as a regional art centre, the gallery has evolved and expanded to become a crucial hub for the region’s cultural activity as well as a fully accredited art museum. To give visitors from all over the country and indeed the world a good introduction to San Joaquin Valley’s rich and diverse heritage, there are a variety of different exhibits throughout the year.
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Forestiere Underground Gardens are one of the more peculiar, and beautiful for it, landmarks that anyone looking for interesting things to do in Fresno will want to see. It is a hand-constructed network of passageways, courtyards and rooms all underground in a similar fashion to ancient catacombs. As well as the spell-binding architecture of Ancient Rome, there are various fruit producing vines, shrubs and trees all thriving underground. Historically the Gardens were once the underground dwelling of the famed Sicilian Baldassare Forestiere, who was a self taught builder and artist.
The above list is in no way exhaustive and there are many other things to do in Fresno, but the above were highlighted specifically as being very representative of the city and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley.