Things to Do in Fresno CA
Fresno County has a population of about a million people, which gives us a wealth of entertainment, and cultural riches can be found right in town or within the immediate region. Fresno 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, escape rooms, bowling alleys, trampoline parks, BMX parks and skate parks. Other attractions are the Discovery Center and Forestiere Underground Gardens.
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.
Art & Culture
In addition to the beautiful outdoors, Fresno boasts a diverse offering of cultural arts museums and entertainment options. 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.
- African American Cultural & Historical Museum
- Arte Américas
- California Memorial Museum
- Children’s Museum of the Sierra
- Fresno Art Museum
- Fresno Arts Council Water Tower
- Hmong Culture Heritage Center & Museum
- Kearney Mansion
- Meux Home
- Veterans Memorial Museum
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. AAA Grizzlies Baseball (affiliate of the World Series champion Houston Astros), Fresno State Bulldogs, Fresno Monsters, Fresno Football Club and Fresno Fuego Soccer make their home in Fresno.
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 plethora of restaurants and bars to choose from.
- Table Mountain Casino
- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
- Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is the only zoo serving the San Joaquin Valley. With more than 700,000 visitors annually, the zoo offers guests the opportunity 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+ hours to the zoo each year. 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.