Located 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 and 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 multiple family-fun centers, some of which feature 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 like multiplex movie theaters 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 Houston Astros) and Fresno Fuego Soccer make their home in Fresno. You can also catch the red wave at a Fresno State sporting event.
For over 26 years, Table Mountain Casino players have been celebrating big fun, bigger wins and the friendly service Table Mountain is famous for. Located just 15 minutes north of Fresno, Table Mountain offers the ultimate in gaming, food and entertainment. Players can choose from over 2,000 video and reel slot machines, Blackjack, Spanish 21, smoke-free Poker and Bingo as well as an assortment of delectable dining choices.
The Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino is another premier entertainment venue in the valley. It features one of the finest hotels in central California, ideal for relaxation and business. The Tachi Palace is open 24 hours a day for your gaming pleasure and also offers fantastic entertainment with concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, comedy and much more.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is the only zoo serving the San Joaquin Valley. With more than 700,000 visits annually, guests are able to interact and learn about animals from around the world. Thousands of children take field trips to the zoo and many receive guided interpretive tours by the zoo docent volunteers who give an amazing 30,000-plus hours to the zoo each year. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is your destination for exotic adventure! Journey to the Sunda Forest to view Malayan tigers, orangutans and siamangs. Explore the wet wonders of the Tropical Rain Forest, howl with the red wolves, and make a splash in Sea Lion Cove! New to Fresno Chaffee Zoo, journey to Africa in the newest exhibit, African Adventure! This 13-acre expansion brings lions, cheetah, rhino, wildebeest and African elephants to Fresno!
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a conservation organization with programs around the world that are diverse and growing. The zoo actively participates in conservation projects in the greater metropolitan area, is a community leader and resource for conservation and environmental education, participates with various zoological programs for all species housed at the zoo, participates with zoos in worldwide strategies for wildlife conservation, and actively pursues higher standards for conservation of nature.
The mission of Fresno Chaffee Zoo is to inspire wonder of the natural world, provide an engaging learning environment, and create a passion for conservation. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). For more information about the zoo, visit Fresnochaffeezoo.org.
For more information and a complete listing of all that Fresno and the Central Valley has to offer, visit the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau at visitingplayfresno.org.