Daytrips/Local Hot Spots

Here’s a list of family-friendly things to do within Fresno, or the surrounding areas. I’ve included links to websites where applicable. If you have any to add…please email me via the contact page.

Farms & Pumpkin Patches
Family Fun
Museums

FARMS & PUMPKIN PATCHES

  • Berry Lady Farms — 39771 Road 28, Kingsburg, CA
    We are a small family farm that grows and packages blueberries, blackberries and Ruby Boysens. Our berry harvest is typically from mid-May through mid-July. Tours
  • Chateau Fresno Nursery – FOLLOWS ORGANIC PRACTICES, tomatoes, prepicked produce, restrooms
    13505 S. Chateau Fresno, Caruthers, CA 93609. Phone: 559-896-4225.
    Email us at: bosaitaly@aol.com.
    Directions: 20 minute from Fresno. 10 minute from high way 41 Main street MT. View west. Crops are usually available in February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November. Open: Monday to Sunday 8 am to 7 pm We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. Organic vine- ripe Tomatoes Greenhouses
  • CSUF Farm Tour  — early Sept through mid May, $2/child, must be at least 5yrs, and at least 12 students.
  • Hillcrest Christmas Tree Farm & Railroad2 miles north of the town of Reedley at 6943 Reed Avenue
  • Huebert Farms – Peaches, nectarines, plums. Scary Corn Maze at Halloween Time.
  • 21570 E Lincoln Ave, Reedley, CA, 93654. Phone: 559-638-5650 or 559-638-4740.
    Email: peggyhuebert@yahoo.com.
    Open: May 15 – September 15. Directions: From Hwy 99 take Manning Ave Exit. Go East through Reedley. Turn left on Alta Ave. Take a left when the road T’s into American Ave. We are the first packing house on left. Alta is the main road taken by buses to go up to Kings Canyon Park. We are one-eighth of a mile off the route.
  • J &K  Farley Farm –512 N. 7th Street in Kingsburg
    U-Pick Thompson Seedless Grape business.  Open mid-August to the first week of September. Clipers, carts, and boxes are provided free of charge.  Boxes are free to take your grapes home.  A small assortment of farm animals are provided for the children’s enjoyment for free also.
    Directions: Take Freeway 99 to the Bethel Ave. (Kamm Ave.) Exit,  travel south on Bethel until the road deadends at Elkhorn Ave.,  Turn right (west) on Elkhorn and go a short distance until you reach the intersection with Bethel,  Turn left on Bethel (south) at the PG&E power station, Travel about a quarter-mile and the J&K Farley Farm will be on the right.
  • KMK Farms in Kingsburg–https://www.facebook.com/kmk.farms
  • Organic Pastures–Organic Dairy Farm–Call Leslie 559-351-4544 or email–You may tour the bottling facility, observe dairy operations, and meet the cows.
  • Pumpkin King Pumpkin Patch – pumpkins, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, birthday parties, school tours.
  • 100 W. Shaw Avenue N/W corner of Blackstone & Shaw Avenues, Fresno, CA 93711. Phone: 559 658-2006. Fax: 559 658-2015. Email: info@pumpkinsfresno.com.  Directions: West of Highway 41 at the Shaw Avenue exit on the North West corner of Blackstone & Shaw Avenues.
    Crops are usually available in October. Open: 9 AM to 9 PM 7 days a week Pumpkin Patch and Straw Bale maze is open from October 1st through October 31st. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. The Great Pumpkin Blood Drive 8 AM to 6 PM Friday October 11 and Saturday October 12th.
  • The Pumpkin Patch – pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, child-sized hay bale maze
    2901 E. Alluvial , Fresno, , CA 93720. Phone: 559-323-9016.
    Email: thepumpkinpatch1@yahoo.com.
    Crops are usually available in October. Hours are 11am till 10pm. Haunted barn hours are 6pm till 10pm Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard.
  • Rancho Notso Grande – FOLLOWS ORGANIC PRACTICES, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, flowers, nectarines, olallieberries, other berries, peaches, pecans , raspberries, tayberries, walnuts, prepicked produce
    5051 12th. Avenue, Hanford, CA 93230. Phone: 559-269-1152. Fax: 559-589-0420.
    Email us at: RanchoNotsoGrande@hughes.net.
    Directions: South East corner of 12th and Excelsior Avenues in Hanford, CA. This is 30 minutes south of Fresno, 25 minutes West of Visalia.  Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Open: We have a refrigerated, pre-picked fruit stand that is open from 7 AM to 7PM for seven days a week during the harvest season. During the season we are open for you pick and roadside sales from 7AM to 7 PM Tuesday through Saturday and all other times by appointment.  We follow organic methods, but are not yet certified.
    Payment: Cash, Check.
  • Riverdance Farm – 12230 Lingston-Cressey Road, Livingston, California 95334.
    ORGANIC, Blueberries – on two annual you-pick weekends
    Phone: 209-761-0081. Email: riverdancefarms@clearwire.net.
    Also, Prepicked: Certified-organic walnuts, almonds, pecans, blueberries, cherries, pomegranates, persimmons, cut flowers, lavender, and, in the winter, oat hay. They host you-pick days during the annual Heartland Festival with the Merced River Fair with a lower key, breakfast, u-pick and farm tour morning on Sunday June 3, 2007. Our second blueberry u-pick will be Fathers’ Day weekend, F-S-S. Call with any questions (209) 761-0081. In the future, they would also like to offer flowers, stone fruits, and pumpkins on a you-pick basis.
  • Satterstrom’s Tree Farm – pumpkin patch, hayrides, haunted house, haunted forest, haunted hayrides
    41255 Road 40, Reedley, CA 93654-9140. Phone: (559) 897-3685. Fax: (559) 897-7120. Email: mikesatterstrom@sierratel.com. Open: October 1st – October 31st from 10 am to 6 pm. Nighttime Events: Open the 2nd Friday in October through October 31st, Sunday – Thursday: Dusk – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday: Dusk – 11 p.m.
  • The Shafer Family Farm – Grapes
    13378 E South Ave, Parlier, CA. Phone: 559-646-2586.
    Grapes for the home winemaker on either a “u-pick” or a “we-pick” basis
  • Simonian Farms–2629 S. Clovis Ave., Fresno, California 93725
    “For 34 years, Simonian Farms has been a fixture in the local area. Every year, they offer educational groups a farm tour that includes one pumpkin per child, a hayride around the farm, a snack of raisins, the “spooky caboose” and a Pumpkin Story: Life Cycle of a Pumpkin. The fee is $5 per child. Young children and older children enjoy this place. Even if hayrides and storytime are not your thing, there are other activities to participate it and view. Minimum for this trip is 15 students. (If this minimum is not reached this trip will be cancelled.) Why not come out, take the tour and bring along a picnic lunch to eat after.”
  • Sweetwater Berry Farm – 42961 Rd 628 , Ahwahnee, CA 93601. Phone: 559-658-8511.
    Email: sweetwaterberryfarm@msn.com.
    –Blackberries, raspberries, tomatoes, prepicked produce
    Directions: Highway 41 N. through Oakhurst to 49 to Road 628 (Roundhouse Rd)
    Crops are usually available in September. Open: Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Blackberries July 14 thru August 20. Raspberries September thru Oct 14. Public bathroom available.
    We follow organic methods, but are not yet certified.
    Payment: Cash, Check.
  • Wiebe Farms TourPeach/nectarines farm…tour the packing farm and packing plant in the spring and summer. School rates are $5/person. Email Lavone Sawatzky, tour director. We have curriculum written for kids to introduce them to what they will see and learn. The school tour takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  The tour also includes a snack. We prefer to do the tours in the morning because it is cooler.  Students also enjoy bringing their lunch and eating out under the trees, by the barn and on the tour trailer.


FAMILY FUN

MUSEUMS

  • Children’s Museum of the Sierra, 49269 Golden Oak Drive, Suite 104, Oakhurst
    559-658-5656
  • The Discovery Center, 1944 N. Winery, Fresno, CA 93703, 559-251-5533
  • Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, Between McKinley and Clinton in Radio Park
  • ImagineU Children’s Museum, 210 NORTH TIPTON STREET ~ Visalia, CA  (559) 733-5975
  • Madera Fossil Discovery Center–19450 Avenue 21 1/2 (Highway 99 EXIT 164), Chowchilla
  • Meux Home Museum, Tulare & R Streets, Fresno, 559-233-8007, email
  • Kearney Mansion Museum, 7160 W Kearney Blvd, Fresno, 559- 441-0862
  • Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, 661-852-5000
    From a Fresno Family visitor, about the KC Museum:
    “This is one of our favorite places to visit.  A little bit of a drive, but they have a nice picnic area and there or there is also a nice Sizzler within walking distance. There is so much to see and do that it is a whole day trip and well worth it.  Pioneer Village and the Lori Brock children’s museum, which is one of the best I’ve ever seen.  Young kids can spend hours in there alone.”

12 Replies to “Daytrips/Local Hot Spots”

  1. The Artist In Me is a great place for friends and family to be creative together. Create a 16×20 acrylic painting on canvas in just two hours. $25 for a two hour painting class during the day. Go home with a finished painting. All ages paint together.

  2. I am a child care worker supervisor at a group home for kids ranging from the ages of 12-18. We are a non-profit organization. I would like to know if anyone can point me in the right direction for any free tours that we can take our kids for the summer. We have tree boys and 18 girls.

  3. I teach 4th and 5th graders and am interested in the Discovery Center in Fresno. Any comments on this place? Good, bad, awesome?? It is my first field trip so any info would be great.

  4. hi I was wondering if the places that you found for groups of kids if I could take my two little ones there…I’m trying to find places I could take my two toddlers since I’m a stay at home mother…please let me know what you think..thanks..jessica

  5. Does anyone know of a “worm farm” that does tours???? This would be a place where worms are harvested for sale ….

    1. Sorry, Valerie, I’ve never heard of anything like this. Let me know if you do find something! I’d love to include it on my site!

      I can tell you that there is a small worm farm on The Discovery Center’s property, though not for harvesting…it’s to teach kids about worms and vermicomposting.

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