Fresno County’s Year-Round Attractions
By MEGAN EILEEN McDONOUGH
Summer's here, but if you're ahead of the game and planning an event for the fall, you're in for a real treat! Fresno County offers sunshine and warm breezes any time of year, and the fall months are especially pleasant. Depending on your schedule, you might be able to squeeze in an early-morning Sunset Kayak tour of the San Joaquin River or save a moment for quiet reflection through the Shinzen Japanese Garden. Whether traveling solo for business or with friends and family, here are some of Fresno County’s best year-round attractions.
Year-Round Adventure Outdoors
When your indoor conference or event is over, it’s time to head outdoors.
the Central Valley's premier destination for "wild"
adventure, the Fresno
is home to animals of every size and color. Among their most
impressive exhibits is the Sea Lion Cove, modeled after Central
California Coast's stunning Point Lobos. The new African Adventure, a
13-acre, state-of-the-art expansion, emulates the exotic plains and
savannas. Where else could you check out a pride of lions, a herd of
elephants and a giraffe feeding station any time of the year? And
don’t miss out on lunch at the Kopje Lodge. You’ll be dining the
rhinos under the cool canopy of the lodge that overlooks the safari.
When it comes to national parks and inspiring vistas, Fresno County's got plenty. In fact, Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park (best known for the towering sequoia trees) are all within a 90-minute drive from Fresno County. Then there’s Huntington Lake, a reservoir and popular recreation area in the Sierra Nevada for locals and tourists alike. Hiking, picnicking, fishing, horseback riding and snowmobiling are just a few of the many fun filled activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Last but certainly not least, sample a variety of delicious fruits and veggies produced by local valley farmers by going to one of our year-round farmers markets. Each farmers market has something special to offer. Sample your way through delicious peaches and freshly picked herbs at the Vineyard Farmers Market or hang out with your friends and family as you listen to live music at the Old Town Clovis Farmers Market.
Taco Trucks to Fine Dining
With fabulous year-round weather, Fresno County is all about dining al fresco.
Pressed for time? Explore Fresno County's year-round food truck scene and walk while you eat. Local vendors specialize in an array of mouth-watering cuisines, from tacos to burgers and everything in between. Dusty Buns is a resident favorite, namely for their grilled cheese sandwich. For fresh tacos packed with flavor, swing by Tacos Boys for their combo plate of tacos, rice and beans. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try the authentic Hawaiian shave ice at Lolo's. There's no better way to bask in the breeze on a crisp autumn day.
For a quick bite and perhaps some last-minute shopping, head to Fig Garden Village. In addition to quality shops there are several restaurants with outdoor seating, like the Patio Café and Jacks Urban Eats. With breakfast all day at Patio Café, there's no rush to make it here before lunch. Or, build your own farm fresh salad at Jack’s Urban Eats. Whether here for a quick bite or a hearty meal, you'll feel ready to conquer the day thanks to their mission of supporting a healthy lifestyle through organic food.
In the mood for a decadent dinner? The Palms is one of Fresno County's high-end restaurants serving fine American fare. While tables are set inside, there is a beautiful scenic courtyard surrounding the entrance. With elegant decor set in a serene setting, this is the perfect place to unwind with your colleagues after a conference—or, if you traveled with your special someone, the ideal romantic dining getaway.
Visit Fresno County, California’s year-round playground!