Fresno Outdoor Activities

Fresno Outdoor ActivitiesExplore the natural beauty of Fresno-from its parks to unique underground gardens. Fresno parks are perfect for people of any age-young or old-as well as pets. Everyone can find something to do outdoors in Fresno, whether you are looking for a place to camp and commune with nature, test your hiking abilities or simply relax and enjoy the weather.

Forestierre Underground Gardens
For some of the most unique greenery in Fresno, head below ground. Forestiere Underground Gardens is a series of underground catacombs specially designed to house exotic plants, shrubs and vines. The cool earth allows several plants that are intolerant to the California heat to blossom. Take a tour around this hand-carved underground garden. It's a feature of the city's natural beauty that you won't want to miss.

Address: 5021 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722 - MAP
Phone: (559) 271-0734
Web: www.undergroundgardens.com

Woodward Regional Park
Stretch your legs at the 300-acre Woodward Regional Park. Walk, jog, run or bike down the Lewis S. Eaton trail system. Bring your binoculars for bird watching in this bird sanctuary. Stroll through the authentic Japanese Garden. Let the kids and dogs run wild at one of the playgrounds or dog parks. Don't forget to pack a picnic, because you may spend the entire day in this outdoor oasis.

Address: 7775 North Friant Road, Fresno, CA 93720 - MAP
Phone: (559) 621-2900
Web: www.fresno.gov

Shinzen Japanese Garden
Experience Japan without leaving the States when you visit the authentic Shinzen Japanese Garden. This garden features Japanese architecture incorporated into the meticulously kept landscape. View the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. Stop by the Tea Garden to witness a tea ceremony. Experience outdoor tranquility by the koi pond. Join in one of the many cultural festivities hosted in the garden throughout the year.

Address: 114 West Audubon Drive, Fresno, CA 93720 - MAP
Phone: (559) 621-2900
Web: www.shinzenjapanesegarden.org

Yosemite National Park
Although you will have to drive about two hours outside of Fresno to reach it, Yosemite National Park is well worth the trip. This national park encompasses 761,268 acres, with spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls and Giant Sequoia groves. The seven square miles of Yosemite Valley are wonderful for camping, hiking, biking and even swimming. This designated wilderness is the perfect outdoor escape from urban life.

Address: 9039 Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 - MAP
Phone: (209) 372-0200
Web: www.nps.gov

Roeding Park
If you are looking to commune with nature and the great outdoors a little closer to the city, check out Roeding Park. This 159-acre regional park offers tennis courts, walking and biking trails, fishing lakes and playgrounds. Stop by one of the pavilions during a festival for seasonal entertainment, or by the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Rotary Storyland Playland for entertainment year round.

Address: 890 West Belmont, Fresno, CA 93728 - MAP
Phone: (559) 621-2900
Web: www.fresno.gov

Kearney Park
Visit Fresno County's first park. Kearney Park is 225 acres and offers picnic and outdoor sports facilities in its day-use areas. Play a game of soccer, test your skills at horseshoe, hit a few balls at the softball and baseball fields or let the children have fun on the playground. When the heat's too much, visit the Kearney Mansion Museum for some educational fun and air conditioning.

Address: West Kearney Boulevard, Fresno, CA 93706 - MAP
Phone: (559) 488-3004
Web: www2.co.fresno.ca.us

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Address: 844 West Belmont Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728 - MAP
Phone: (559) 621-5799
Web: www.fresnochaffeezoo.org