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 here, right in town or within the immediate region.
The topography for this top agricultural county in the nation 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. Maybe you’ll decide to catch the red wave at a Fresno State University, sporting event.
With so much to see and do it is worth your while to take a few days to truly discover the Fresno you don’t know! There are over 85 hotel properties offering more than 10,000 rooms throughout Fresno and neighboring Clovis. You can chose from full-service hotels with banquet and conference facilities, all suites, extended stay hotels, kid-friendly hotels, boutiques hideaways or modest motels.
Nationally recognized lodging and local motels include:
• Americas Best Value Inn
• Americas Best Value Water Tree Inn
• Best Western Village Inn
• Comfort Inn
• Courtyard by Marriott
• Days Inn
• Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Sequoia
• Ducey’s on the Lake
• Econo Lodge
• Embassy Suites
• Four Points by Sheraton
• Fresno SpringHill Suites by Marriott
• Hampton Inn & Suites
• Holiday Inn
• Holiday Inn Express and Suites
• Holiday Inn Downtown
• Homewood Suites by Hilton
• La Quinta Inn & Suites
• Marriott-Vacation Club
• Piccadilly Inn
• Quality Inn and Suites
• Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
• Residence Inn by Marriott
• San Joaquin Hotel
• Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
• The Pines Resort & Conference Center
• Towne Place Suite by Marriott
• The Wonder Valley Ranch Resort
• University Inn
Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino provides a world-class entertainment experience just minutes away from Yosemite National Park. With 56,000 square feet of the best casino gaming, six award-winning restaurants, and more than 400 luxurious hotel rooms and suites; Chukchansi is the ultimate gaming destination. Find tranquility at Serenity Springs Spa and enjoy the scenic view of the Sierra Nevada’s while lounging beside the temperature controlled indoor/outdoor pool. For reservations or more information go to www.chukchansigold.com.
Table Mountain Casino is one of the Valley’s premier entertainment destinations. Located in close proximity to Fresno, Table Mountain offers non-stop fun, friendly service and fabulous food choices. If table games are your style, take a seat and join in the fun with a variety of games like Blackjack, Spanish 21, Fortune Pai Gow, Mini Baccarat and Poker, to name a few. Or try your luck with Table Mountain Casino’s time-honored BINGO! Enjoy a meal at the Award-Winning Eagle’s Landing Restaurant, choose from an array of delicious culinary delights in Mountain Feast Buffet or grab a tasty bite on the go at TM Café. Concert-goers take pleasure in visiting Table Mountain Casino for their headlining acts from big names in entertainment.
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 the best entertainment with concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, comedy and much more.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is your destination for exotic adventure! Journey to the Sunda Forest to view tigers, orangutans and siamangs. Explore the wet wonders of the Tropical Rain Forest. Feed a giraffe, howl with the red wolves and be amazed by the Asian elephants. It’s an experience of a lifetime every day at Fresno Chaffee Zoo!
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is the only zoo serving the San Joaquin Valley. More than 475,000 visit each year to see, 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 13,500 plus 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.
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). Learn more about the Zoo by calling (559) 498-5910 or visiting their website at www.fresnochaffeezoo.org.
For further information and a complete listing of all that Fresno and the Central Valley has to offer, please allow the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau assist you by visiting www.playfresno.org or calling (559) 981-5500.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fresno Riverpark
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Fresno
Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino