ATTRACTIONS & HOSPITALITY ocated in the heart of California, Fresno is the Central Valley’s largest metropolitan city. A wealth of entertainment and cultural riches can be found right in town or within the immediate region.
The topography for this agricultural county ranges from fertile farmland to majestic lakes, rivers, awe-inspiring foothills and mountain ranges. Surrounded by three National Parks all within 90 minutes or less, this diverse landscape offers a platform for outdoor recreation options ranging from rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, hunting to virtually every type of water sport and winter activity imaginable. The city is filled with many family-friendly attractions, including the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Rotary Storyland & Playland, and two water parks, one with the largest wave pool in California. There are four family fun centers with Miniature Golf, Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, fair rides and arcade games. You can even visit a Planetarium. The region is also proud to share its agricultural roots and small-town values and now showcases many Farm Tours and Farm stores as well as a series of
annual events that include old-fashioned hometown festivals, rodeos, cultural celebrations and the largest harvest fair in California. At night, Valley neighborhoods come alive with upscale wine bars, hookah lounges, gaming casinos and nightclubs. Shopping malls are open late and some offer additional entertainment with multiplex movie theatres and a Mecca of restaurants and bars to choose from. In addition to the beautiful outdoors, Fresno boasts a diverse offering of cultural arts, museums and entertainment options. Explore the cultural arts community by visiting the
Fresno Art Museum, Hmong Cultural Heritage Center & Museum, California Memorial Museum, Arte Americas, Children’s Museum of the Sierra, Kearney Mansion, Meux Home, Veteran’s Memorial Museum, African American Cultural & Historical Museum, to name a few. Fresno also features numerous galleries for collectors or window shoppers. Fresno is alive with performing arts as well. Renowned artists are featured at larger venues, and steady streams of artists perform at the local opera house and resident theaters.
Sports enthusiasts – whether playing or watching – will find an ample list of sporting events in the Fresno area. Enjoy the perfect weather by playing golf at one of the many clubs that are steeped in tradition or sit back and take pleasure in a semi-pro game. AAA Grizzlies Baseball (affiliate of the SF Giants) and Fresno Fuego Soccer make their home in Fresno. You can also catch the red wave at a Fresno State sporting event.