The Fresno Convention Center was opened in October of 1966. The success of the complex in terms of functional efficiency for cultural, social, and convention use in the Central Valley area was greater than ever expected by even the most optimistic supporters. The complex now spans over five city blocks and boasts five separate facilities. Inside the buildings of the Convention Center patrons will find several pieces of art that speak to the nature of the community and era in which the center was built. The Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau is located just 2 miles and a half north from our hotel, on 848 M Street, Fresno. Call (559) 233-0836 for further information.
The Fresno Art Museum is located 5 miles north from our hotel, on 2233 N. First Street, in Radio Park, Fresno. It offers changing exhibits of national and international artists in eight galleries. Bonner Auditorium features the Fresno Public Theater and a series of lectures by artists. Allow 1 hour minimum. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10-5, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5. Closed holidays and 1 full week in August. Admission $4, over 61 and students with ID $2, under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays. Call (559) 441-4227 for more information.
The Metropolitan Museum is located just 3 miles from our hotel, on 1555 Van Ness Avenue, in Fresno. It features an Asian art collection and the Salzer collection of European and American still-life paintings displayed alternately with regional history, hands-on, and temporary exhibits. Allow 1 hour minimum to visit everything. Call (559) 441-1444 for further information.
One of the prime houses in terms of historical significance is the Meux Family home at the northwest corner of Tulare and R Streets in downtown Fresno, just 3 miles north of our property, in Fresno. The home was built in 1888 by Dr. T. R. Meux who had come to Fresno from Tennessee the year before. The Meux family lived in the house until 1969. The Meux Home Museum recaptures the flavor of Victorian Fresno by presenting a middle-class residence furnished in the period, as a representative museum. Cost of admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for juniors, $3.00 for children, and free under 5. Call (559) 233-8007 for more information
The Legion of Valor Museum was established in 1991 and incorporated into the Constitution and By-Laws August 21, 1993. Located just 3 miles north from our property on 2425 Fresno Street at "O" Street, Fresno, and supported heavily by the community, the museum contains military memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, and official citations. The museum is open Monday thru Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is always free. Call (559) 498-0510 for more information.
Located just 3 miles north from our hotel on 1857 Fulton street in Fresno, this museum celebrates and promotes the richness of African and African American history, art and culture in the Central San Joaquin Valley through exhibition, theater, music, and education. Opened in June 1993, this museum hosts rotating and permanent displays. The interpretative displays describe the lives and times of leading San Joaquin Valley African-American literature. Wed-Fri from 1 to 5 pm, Sat-Sun from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information call (559) 268-7102.
The museum is just 15 minutes west from our hotel on 7160 W Kearney Blvd, in Fresno. This National Historic Register site, built between 1900 and 1903 for agricultural developer M. Theo Kearney, gives visitors a look into Fresno's farming past and into the life of the entrepreneur and visionary who lived there. Call (559) 441-0862 for more information.
Whatever you have in mind for fun or relaxation, Roeding Park is just the place to spend the afternoon! Beautifully landscaped with cool blue lakes, huge groves of trees, rolling green lawns, and dotted by flower gardens, the park contains 8 championship tennis courts, 2 dance pavilions, horseshoe pits, slides and playgrounds, and many picnic areas. Come to Rotary Playland, which has a carousel, rides, and a miniature railway, and to the Japanese-American War Memorial. The park is located on US99 via the Olive Avenue or Belmont Avenue exits, just 5 miles northwest from our hotel. Call (559) 498-4239 for further information.
On Olive Avenue, in Roeding Park, just 5 miles from our property, come and see mammals, birds and reptiles amid dense vegetation and winding pathways. The computerized Reptile House modifies temperature, humidity and light cycles to mimic the environment from which each species comes. South American plants and animals share the rain forest habitat. The Chaffee Zoo continues to be the most popular attraction in the city of Fresno, and one of the most popular in Central California. Food is available. February thru October 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., November thru January 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular prices are $7.00, seniors and children $3.50. Call (559) 498-2671 for further information.
Located just 5 minutes from our property on 890 W. Belmont Avenue in Roeding Park, Fresno, is a children's attraction with a fairytale theme featuring a castle. Call (559-264-2235) for additional information.
Just 20 minutes from our property on 11413 Shaw Avenue, Fresno, Wild Water Adventures, which spans over 52 acre facility, offers more than 20 water rides and amusements, including water slides and flumes; Gold Rush Mountain, a water tube ride; Vortex, an enclosed inner tube with special effects; a large wave pool; a small fishing lake; and Adventure Bay, a children's play area. Picnic facilities, baseball fields, volleyball sand courts, horseshoe pits and food are available. Glass items and containers are not permitted. The park is open through September 30. Call (559) 299-9453 for more information about the park.
The beautiful and serene 5-acre Shinzen Friendship Garden is located 11 miles north to our property within Woodward Park adjacent to Freeway 41 in Fresno. In 1967 when the Park was being developed, the idea was proposed to create a Japanese garden complete with stone lanterns and a teahouse to be dedicated to Fresno's Sister City Kochi, Japan, as a symbol of friendship and international brotherhood, and for the promotion of cultural relations between the two cities. Admission is $3.00 for adults 15 yrs. and older, $0.50 for children 4-14 yrs., free under 4 yrs. Call Fresno City Parks office at (559) 621-2900 for further information.
Like the name implies, these gardens are underground. Working alone during his spare time and using only hand tools, Baldasare Forestiere spent some 40 years sculpting an underground complex consisting of: a network of underground rooms, niches, courts, patios and passageways numbering almost 100, an underground garden home consisting of kitchen, nook, living room, 2 bedrooms, library, bath, fish pond, and aquarium, arches and stonework patterned after the catacombs of Ancient Rome, an auto tunnel running the length of the gardens (almost 800 feet long!), a Chapel and Chapel Garden. Baldasare adorned these areas with a unique variety of trees. Located on 5021 West Shaw Avenue in Fresno, it is just 10 miles northwest from our property. Rates: Seniors (59+) $8, Adults $9, Teens(13-17) $7, children (4-12) $6. Call (559) 271-0734 for further information.
Sequoia National Park (Foothills Visitor Center, 559-565-3341) is famous for its large stands of trees. 4 of the 5 largest thrive in Giant Forest! Most of these Methuselahs are between 1,800 and 2,700 years old, about 250 feet tall, and close to 100 feet in circumference. Continuing on to adjacent Kings Canyon National Park (Cedar Grove Visitor Center, 559-565-3793), you pass through Grant Grove, site of the "Nation's Christmas Tree". Keep in mind that an automobile traveler gets only a small taste of these parks. If you have the time and inclination, get into the backcountry. From our hotel, follow the CA-99 south and CA-198 east, this is about 1 hour and a half from our property.
Just 5 miles north from our hotel, on 1064 N Fulton, Fresno, this is the Valley's most elegant billiard club! For those who need a little distraction from pool playing on one of the 22 antique reproduction pool tables, don't forget to check the great selection of video games, shuffleboard, and darts to pass the time. This underground club is also a "beer heaven". Call (559) 495-0852.