Summer in Fresno
Summer nights at their finest!
A summer night in the Valley is as good as it gets with great opportunities for evening strolls, barbecues and summer concerts.
And yes, the Valley gets hot. All the more reason to come and enjoy the variety of places you can cool off. After all, Fresno County has more rivers and lakes than anywhere else in the state. So grab the kids, your friends or even your co-workers, and make summer yours again.
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Take a subterranean journey to the Mediterranean – in the middle of California. Created over the course of 40 years by Italian immigrant Baldesare Forestiere, the Forestiere Underground Gardens consist of a complex network of subterranean rooms, patios and courtyards, patterned after ancient catacombs. Forestiere adorned these areas with a variety of fruit trees and a multi-level aquarium. It's unlike anything you've ever seen!
Woodward Shakespeare Festival
If conquering the River is not on your "bucket list," then head to the Woodward Shakespeare Festival at Woodward Park for one of Fresno's best outdoor theater experiences. All performances are free of charge to ensure everyone can enjoy the poetry, drama and inspiration of the English language's greatest playwright.
Fresno's Triple A baseball team, the Fresno Grizzlies, is a hometown favorite. Kids will love Parker, the Grizzlies mascot, and grown-ups will get a few chuckles, too! The Grizzlies play at Chukchansi Park, located in the heart of Downtown Fresno near great dining and hotel accommodations.
Fresno's water parks offer an outdoor adventure, right in town! Parks such as Wild Water Adventures, the Island Water Park and Blackbeard's Family Fun Center offer a variety of slides, pools and play areas, as well as arcades and drier activities.
White Water Rafting
Feeling frisky and looking for a day of extremes? The venture forth on the white water of the Kings River, some of California's best! Kings River Expeditions Offers a one- or two-day excursions with more than 10 miles of Class III rafting each day. Plus, you can choose the right level of off-river service to meet your needs. Our summer heat is no match for the Kings River!
Fresno has exploded into the world of Action Sports by providing several dynamic facilities to support beginners, enthusiasts and professional athletes from around the nation. Fresno's unique action sports destinations have been built for all skills levels, from beginner to advanced. Here are just a few examples:
- Mosqueda BMX Park – the first BMX-only concrete park in California was designed by local BMXers;
- Regional Sports Complex – featuring the only public vert ramp in the Valley, the Ark, and an 11-Acre Paint Ball Zone;
- Woodward Park – world-class facilities include the Mountain Bike Park (most progressive in California), Downhill BMX Race Track (most technical on the West Coast) & BMX Dirt Jump Park (progress at your own pace);
- ADA Accessible Skate Park (opening soon) – a first-of-its-kind skate park that will allow beginners and wheel chair bound participants to skate at their leisure, with their able-bodied peers.