Fresno, California has been named for the Named for the incredible number of ash trees that line that San Joaquin River. The city of Fresno was founded in 1872 as a railway station of the Central Pacific Railroad. This beautiful city has become an economic hub of Fresno County, with great places for locals and visitors both to enjoy. Read below for just a sampling of what Fresno has to offer!
Fresno’s Minor League Baseball team, the Fresno’s Grizzles, play at this park. Gates opened here in 2002, and it has become an intricate part of Downtown Fresno. It comes alive in the spring when baseball season is in full swing! There are 72 home games played in the park each year! But don’t fret if you are not a baseball fan-you can still enjoy an evening at Chuckchansi Park as it offers amazing views of the skyline against the breathtaking backdrop of the Sierra Mountains. You can enjoy the full-service restaurant and bar, over 30 luxury suites, a pool and spa, and even a Fun Zone for young fans.
ADDRESS-1800 Taulare St.
BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE
This delicious steakhouse has been providing quality cooked steak and prime rib since the mid 1960’s. It serves Angus beef that is impeccably seasoned, 21-day aged, and prepared using their expert flame-grilled methods of cooking! Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere and relax by starting the meal out with Three Cheese Garlic Bread, Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip, or their Bullseye Wings tossed in a honey spicy sauce. Even if you don’t care much for steak, you can still enjoy one of the offered chicken, pork of seafood entrees.
ADDRESS-1737 E. Shaw Ave
MEUS HOME MUSEUM
This museum is a tribute to Victorian architecture. Visitors can go back in time and get an understanding of Fresno’s rich history. This two-story building is an architecture lover’s dream; visitors can explore in great detail the exterior walls of clapboards, shingles and even floral relief work. This museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is worth your time not only because of the architectural beauty on the outside, but also the treasure that can be found inside as well.
ADDRESS-1007 R ST
KEARNEY MANSION MUSEUM
Visitors that enter this museum are invited to experience an exciting learning opportunity. There are scheduled tours available, but you are also able to explore the museum on your own. This important historical site was part of the proposed architectural design of M. Theo Kearny who was a pioneer in California’s agriculture known as the “Raisin King”. While some historical replicas have been created of some of the furnishings, visitors can still see half of the original items. This is a great way to help understand more greatly the history of Fresno. It will be an enjoyable day to all who visit!
ADDRESS-7160 W Kearney Blvd
Fresno’s professional symphony orchestra has been performing for more than 60 seasons. Visitors will enjoy live music, whether it is in the form of a performance or one of the many music education programs that is offered. For the 2016-2017 performing season, the Fresno Philharmonic invited 6 conductors to conduct and compete for the opportunity to become the next music director. It was an amazing season! Visiting the Philharmonic is a great way to enjoy an evening in Fresno!
ADDRESS-7170 N Financial Dr. Suite 135
ROTARY STORYLAND AND PLAYLAND
Opening in 1962, this place was created to inspire children by bringing the wonderful world of storybooks to life! This theme park previously converted make-believe into reality by taking children on an adventure through castles and cottages while on a pirate ship or a rocket. Once it closed, the theme park was then renovated and reopened. Locals and visitors can still enjoy it. There are many attractions, including the Fairytale Exhibit, which takes visitors through worlds of some of most beloved fairytales. These include Humpty Dumpty, Alice in Wonderland and Mother Goose! There is also a historic theatre that is filled with storytellers and magicians!
ADDRESS-890 W Belmont Ave.
MILLERTON LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
You will find this state recreation area about 20 miles northeast of Fresno. This 40-mile stretch of land and lake came to fruition in 1944 when the Friant Dam was built. Since that time, it has been a great place for families to spend the day in the summer and winter months. On warm sunny days visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, or indulge in various other water activities. There are special boats available that take visitors on tours of the lake during the wintertime. You can usually spot nesting bald eagles on these trips. Hikers and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the trails and park. You can also camp onsite, boat, or land.
ADDRESS-19305 Winchell Cove Rd.
FRESNO CONVENTION AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
This premier performing arts and convention center can be found in the heart of California’s Central Valley. It is host to many memorable concerts, professional sporting events, and even popular Broadway shows. Some previous shows that have been at this center include Old School Party Jam, Phantom of the Opera, and The Nutcracker. There are many other events available for you to attend throughout the year, and the Center’s calendar is kept up to date to help guests prepare for their visit.
ADDRESS-848 M St. 2nd Floor