Experience Fresno County like a local! We know we have some great attractions, landmarks and nearby national parks to see while you're here. But if you're a traveler who is looking for more underground stops that only the locals know and love, this itinerary is for you. 

We asked our locals to tell us some of their favorite spots in Fresno County. Here's what they had to say: 

Woodward Park

Woodward Park

Woodward Park is the biggest regional park in Fresno with so many trails, ponds, and play areas to enjoy. It spans 300 acres in the northern part of the city near Fresno's River Park Shopping Center. Locals love it because it's a great way to get out into nature without leaving the city limits. Walk along the Lewis S. Eaton Trail with a view of the San Joaquin River or stop by the Shinzen Japanese Gardens. It's so peaceful that you may forget you're right in the middle of California's fifth largest city! 

Shaver Lake

Shaver Lake

Lakeside is one of Fresno County's best sides. Shaver Lake is a popular spot among locals for water sports, horseback riding, boating and hiking. Check out this trail Shaver Lake Lakeview Trail. Explore this trail for bird-watching, fishing, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll with breathtaking lake views. The prime visiting months are from May to October. Feel free to bring your canine companions, but remember to leash them.

McKenzie Table Mountain

Mckenzie Preserve

Right outside of the Fresno and Clovis' city limits are some of the most scenic hikes like the McKenzie Table Mountain Trail. The table-shaped mountain overlooks Fresno County's countryside and the Sierra Nevada mountains. This trail is great addition for hikers visiting the county. 

Blossom Trail

columns of purple trees on field

Winter looks a little different in Fresno County. Each February stone fruit orchards turn into a colorful display of pink and white. While the Blossom Trail is extremely popular and visitors come from all over to see it, there are several spots that locals enjoy along the trail. Stop for breakfast at the Blossom Trail Cafe. Get a glass of wine at Kings River Winery or enjoy local shopping in Kingsburg's Swedish Village. The Blossom Trail runs from mid-February to mid-March. 

Café Oaxaca

Location: 1160 Clovis Ave, Clovis, CA 93612

cafe oaxaca pan

Panadería Café Oaxaca is a beloved favorite for those looking for some delicious pan dulce and other tasty treats! They offer vegan options too! Eugenia Garcia, the owner, came from Ayoquezco de Aldama in Oaxaca Mexico and made her dream come true by opening up her very own bakery. They recently celebrated 14 years and have many plans for the future. We recommend their cuernitos, colorful conchas and vegan tiramisu! 

Yava Bakery

Location: 7775 N Palm Ave # 101, Fresno, CA 93711

Yava Bakery

You’ll want to order a little bit of everything when you visit Yava Bakery. Gorgeous pastries, freshly baked breads and specialty coffee are on the menu at this Fresno bakery. From their warm welcome to their Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, each element reflects a commitment to sharing not just food, but stories and experiences that enrich the lives of their customers. Locals swear by these hidden sweet treat gems for their warm hospitality, stories, and mouthwatering treats.

Kogetsu-Do Confectionery

Location: 920 F St, Fresno, CA 93706

Kogetsu-Do Mochi

This Japanese confectionary shop has been in Fresno’s Chinatown for more than 100 years! Kogetsu-Do Confectionary sells authentic Japanese mochi and other Japanese treats. They’ve been using the same family recipe for 3 generations now! Sugimatsu Ikeda and his wife opened their business on Kern Street in 1915, later moving it to its current location on F Street in 1920. Lynn Ikeda, their granddaughter, continues the family legacy, using the original recipe with a modern twist. Her specialties include mochi with fresh fruit, ice cream, and chocolate toffees. Kogetsu-Do bakery is truly unique in the Central Valley. As a reminder this shop only takes cash. 


Location: 1154 Broadway St, Fresno, CA 93721


Libelula (meaning dragonfly) is the cherished endeavor of acclaimed local Chef Ian Cookson, renowned for his work at The Vineyard Restaurant, and his family. This restaurant showcases authentic local cuisine by utilizing ingredients sourced directly from Fresno County to create delectable dishes. Located near the Crest Theatre in Downtown Fresno, this farm-to-fork establishment continually updates its menu to reflect seasonal offerings. On your next visit, be sure to sample the yakisoba and the BBQ Bacon Burger.

River Park Shopping Center

River Park

River Park is where shopping, dining, and entertainment come together, making it one of Fresno’s go-to hang out spots. With a diverse selection of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, it's place many locals said they love to visit. Catch a movie at the Regal Cinemas or a delish meal at Spicy J’s Chinese restaurant. Enjoy live music at the BarrelHouse Brewing Taproom and their large outdoor patio.

Fig Garden Village 

Brick restaurant patio with people seated outside while sun sets in the background

Fig Garden Village is a shopping center that has premier brands and local shops. The center is pedestrian friendly and you'll find many locals stopping in for fresh baked goods at La Boulangerie. Patio Cafe is another great spot for delicious farm-to-table brunches and lunches. 

Gazebo Gardens

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By day, Gazebo Gardens is a bustling plant nursery, but at night it transforms into a lively entertainment zone with live music and delicious food trucks. Gazebo Gardens Nursery is an iconic Fresno landmark that knows how to have a good time! Whether you're a gardening enthusiast or just looking for a good time with friends over beers, their website and social media keep you updated on all the happenings, including their weekend lineup of food trucks and music. Don't forget to explore their charming gift shop filled with unique trinkets, and fuel up at Cafe Van Ness for gourmet coffee and pastries.