When it comes to creation and cultivation, Fresno is one of the freshest places in California. The soil is rich enough to grow all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables, making it the perfect home for a few of the most luscious wineries the state has to offer. By late February and early March, wafts of apple, plum, and apricot blossoms are just a few of the delicious fragrances that make up The Blossom Trail. Whether you’re biking or driving, it’s an unmistakable treat that attracts people from all over. For those who want to do something more lively, there are plenty of ways to party. From live performances to sports, you can do almost anything. Fresno’s eclectic vibe has something for your tastes and preferences. The only thing you need to be prepared for is booking another trip because you didn’t get to see it all the first time.
Just east of Highway 99, you'll find Roeding Park. The city park was designated a historic place in July 2009 and is the 90-acre home to groves of deciduous and coniferous trees, such as redwood, maple, and ash. There are picnic areas and tennis courts for those who fancy a friendly match, but one of the main attractions is the Chaffee Zoo; it's almost 40 acres and is home to nearly 200 animal species.
For well over a century, the Engleman family has produced Pinot Noirs, Merlots, and Moscatos from grapes grown in the rich soils of Fresno County. The LoMac Winery is a boutique winery that offers visitors a peek into the history of their award-winning wines. You’ll get to taste and fall in love with the different flavors and textures that you'll want to take home, and if you’re lucky, you may even get some chocolates to go with them.
Opened in 1981, this 5-acre Japanese Garden was a way for the city of Kochi to connect with its sister city, Fresno, after World War II. Funded through the help of the community and the city, the garden's design and development are geared towards providing cultural understanding. This includes special events, such as the Toro Nagashi Lantern Event, and educational workshops, which offer opportunities for visitors to learn more about what these traditions mean to the Japanese culture.
There are beer lovers, and then there are craft beer connoisseurs who love check into the Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company to see just what the brewmaster has concocted. In downtown Fresno, in the heart of San Joaquin Valley, the Tioga-Sequoia brewery are experts at creating handcrafted beers that titillate the taste buds and challenge the senses. They host several events a month in their Beer Garden to show off their creations against the backdrop of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Whether you’re into baseball or not, you can’t deny that there’s something about a live game that sucks you in. Affiliated with the tribe of the same name, Chukchansi Park is the home of the Fresno Grizzlies, a Triple-A minor league baseball team strongly supported by local fans. In addition to that, the park is a venue for other local, national, and international sporting events and music concerts.
Best known for its countless waterfalls, Yosemite National Park is 1,200 square miles of deep valleys, lush wilderness, and immense wonder, especially during sunrises and sunsets. If you love camping, Yosemite provides ample grounds, provided you reserve your spot. While you can hike year-round, the best times to experience the park’s full magnificence are between June and October.
Woodward is an expansive regional park that provides plenty of fun for individuals and families. Not only do they have picnic areas, children’s play areas, and dog parks, you can walk or cycle into the Central Valley. Bikers taking a leisurely ride can enjoy the scenic views of the snow-covered mountains in the distance. For those who enjoy bird-watching, the park’s ponds and lakes are great places to spy a few hundred geese, coots, and cormorants.
Off freeway 99 at the Olive Avenue exit is the historic Tower Theatre. Built in the late 30’s as a 20th Century Fox Movie House, the Tower Theatre is a masterpiece of art deco style with sculptured fittings and its distinctive 80-foot fluted tower. These days, you can book seats for live music and comedy shows, catch special events and parties, and watch a few movies, just like old times.
Located in California State University Fresno, the Save Mart Center is where students, alumni, and faculty come to enjoy the school's basketball, wrestling, and volleyball team home matches. Back in 2003, opera tenor Andrea Bocelli was the center’s inaugural performance. The Save Mart Arena also hosts multiple international entertainment events, such as WWE Live and concerts from popular recording artists.
When the California air is cool and crisp, there is only one place to go to enjoy the feel of the sun on your skin and the smooth crunch of packed powder. The China Peak Mountain Resort is a great way to spend an active weekend skiing or snowboarding, even if you are a newbie. During the summer months, China Peak offers beautiful lakes where you can take a boat out or find a nice spot for camping.