10 Best Romantic Things To Do In Fresno, California

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Fresno County in central California is famous for its abundance of farm activities, featuring 1.88 million acres (760809 hectares) of active farmland. The name of this city is coined from the ash trees than line the San Joaquin River. It has a pure outdoor charm and, on its streets, especially Downtown and Fulton Street, are architectural pieces. This region has become a significant getaway spot for Californians and tourists due to its 300 days of sunshine annually, and favorable weather. And if you are searching for something romantic to do, there is no other place in this part of the country that offers the charm and atmosphere of this city. You can begin your romantic trip by booking the best Airbnb and Vrbo vacation rentals Check out these best romantic things to do in Fresno, California.

1. Indulge in fine steak at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Looking for a big, delicious meal to satisfy your appetite? Make your way to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar on East Shaw Avenue. This high-end steakhouse serves the finest aged prime beef and other classic meals like crab cakes, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, and truffle-poached lobster. Take your loved one for a date night in Fresno and make your way to this fine dining restaurant. Their excellent steaks are some of the best you’ll ever sink your teeth into.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Address: 639 E Shaw Ave #149, Fresno, CA 93710, United States

Website: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 4pm - 10pm; Sun: 4pm - 9pm

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2. Walk through the picturesque Fresno County Blossom Trail

Fresno blossom trail
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One of the prettiest tourist attractions that you will see in the city is Fresno County Blossom Trail. Once February and March come in, this romantic place displays the most beautiful wildflowers and fruit trees. Some of the beauty that you’ll witness when you visit the trail are almond blossoms and plum blossoms which are white, while apricot, peach, and nectarine blossoms display pink to red petals. The blossom trail is a perfect backdrop to your upcoming Valentine’s Day date.

Fresno County Blossom Trail

Address: Fresno, CA 93725, United States

Website: Fresno County Blossom Trail

Opening hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm (daily)

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3. Enjoy miniature golf at Ghost Golf

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Posted by Ghost Golf on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Where better to indulge in a bizarre yet fun golfing experience in Fresno than at Ghost Golf? This indoor miniature golf course is located in an old graveyard and features scary decorations all throughout. If an eerie (but extremely delightful!) night is what you’re going for, you may be inclined to spend your upcoming date night at this attraction in Fresno. Now, spooky may be the furthest thing from romantic, but we say don’t knock it until you try it!

Ghost Golf

Address: 5179 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93710, United States

Website: Ghost Golf

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

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4. Enjoy your favorite shows at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater

"Paint Your Wagon" opening at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater. gallery: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/21/3224216/paint-your-wagon-opens-at-roger.html

Posted by Fresno Bee Photography on Thursday, 21 March 2013

On your first day in this city, the best place to go and cool off with your partner should be Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. This date idea in Fresno offers you an introduction into the city’s dining scene, and exciting shows and comedy. Aside from the heartwarming architectural designs of this spot, it has produced more than 180 classic shows, including Annie, The King and I, and more, in its over-a-decade of existence. Also, you can enjoy fun, exquisite drinks and American cuisines and buffet conjured by the award-winning Chef Eric De Groot for every event.

Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater

Address: 1226 N Wishon Ave, Fresno, CA 93728, United States

Website: Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 3pm; Tue - Wed: 10am - 5:30pm; Thu - Sat: 10am - 8pm (closed on Mon)

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5. Taste quality wines at Engelmann Cellars

Engelmann Cellars, a local establishment, has been in the business of growing grapes and hand-processing them into quality wines in their boutique winery. Bret Engelman, a fourth-generation winemaker and grape grower, started this family business over 100 years ago. And it has only grown from strength to strength ever since. Spend your Saturday or Sunday afternoon in this site, situated in the magnificent vineyard of the Fresno countryside tasting some of the best wines California has to offer, in their climate-controlled barrel room. You can also come along with your picnic kits and have a romantic time in the Cellar Door Patio. On-site is also an apparel and boutique gift shop.

Engelmann Cellars

Address: 3275 N Rolinda Ave, Fresno, CA 93723, United States

Website: Engelmann Cellars

Opening hours: Fri: 6pm - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed from Mon - Thu )

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6. Connect with nature at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

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If you and your partner are nature enthusiasts, this city has some impressive offerings for you at Fresno Chaffee Zoo. This romantic place in Fresno has around 200 species of animals from around the world and spread within its three sections – African Adventure, Roo Walkabout, and the Sea Lion Cove. The African Adventure, which is the main draw, covers 13 acres (5.3 hectares), designed to replicate the savannah landscape and plains of the continent. It features animals like giraffes, African elephants, cheetahs, and much more. You can also tour the Roo Walkabout, featuring kookaburras, emus, and more, or the Sea Lion Cove along the coast, containing harbor seals and sea lions.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Address: 894 W Belmont Ave, Fresno, CA 93728, United States

Website: Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

Price: 9 - 15 USD

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7. Play with colors at Pinot's Palette

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Did you happen to fall in love with an art fanatic? If so, you can surprise him/her with a visit to Pinot’s Palette, featuring evening painting classes. It is the premier paint and sips fun spot in the city, where you can spend a relaxing time with your partner while listening to some music and learning from local artists. To enjoy this offer, you have to book a class using their calendar, and you have to indicate that you want a seat next to your romantic double. Ideally, it would be best if you arrived some minutes before the class starts so that you can grab your favorite drink and get settled.

Pinot's Palette

Address: 6763 N Palm Ave, Fresno, CA 93704, United States

Website: Pinot’s Palette

Opening hours: Sat: 9am - 3pm, 7pm - 10pm; Sun - Wed: 9am - 3pm; Thu - Fri: 9am - 3pm, 7pm - 9pm

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8. Bask in the untamed beauty of Shinzen Friendship Garden Inc.

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Spend some quiet time with your lover while soaking in the magnificent landscape and arts around this traditional American-Japanese Garden. It is situated in Woodwork Park, featuring some streams, a lake, waterfalls, and more. Explore the untamed beauty of bonsai plants and sculptures at Clark Bonsai Collection. You can also catch some events at Shinzen Friendship Garden Inc. – including Toro Nagashi Lantern Event, Spring Blossom Festival, and Fall Festival. You can also join the many classes and workshops on-site. To give you a rewarding experience, loud music and pets are not allowed in.

Shinzen Friendship Garden Inc.

Address: 114 W Audubon Dr, Fresno, CA 93720, United States

Website: Shinzen Friendship Garden Inc.

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 10am - 5pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

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9. Pamper yourselves at Muses Day Spa and Wellness Center

Spoil yourselves to the best spa experience Fresno has to offer in the cozy Muses Day Spa and Wellness Center. This romantic getaway in Fresno, CA boasts friendly staff who are skilled in the art of make-up, manicures, pedicures, skin and body treatments, and massage. Unwind with your partner in the couple’s massage suite, looking into each other’s eyes while receiving some deep tissue or Swedish massage. For individual treatment, this place also features exclusive women’s and men’s lounges where you can experience full treatment, and leave feeling connected and refreshed.

Muses Day Spa and Wellness Center

Address: 8525 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93720, United States

Website: Muses Day Spa and Wellness Center

Opening hours: Sat: 9am - 6pm; Mon - Thu: 10am - 7pm; Fri: 9am - 7pm (closed on Sun)

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10. Explore the unusual Forestiere's Underground Garden

Citrus trees at Forestiere Underground Gardens
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Explore the beauty of a life-long effort and sacrifice at Forestiere’s Underground Garden. The architect of this site, Baldassare Forestiere, arrived in Fresno in 1901 from his home town, Sicily, and spent 40 years digging it up, without a plan. All the beautiful grottos, gardens, and patio sections appeared as he dug. Aside from the beautiful flowers in the garden, there are also grapefruits, lemons, and oranges trees. This fantastic creation is the most unusual attraction in California, and yet, another ideal way to add to your romantic getaway vacation.

Forestiere’s Underground Garden

Address: 5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722, United States

Website: Forestiere’s Underground Garden

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 10am - 3pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

Price: 17 USD

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Engage in things you love

Besides the romantic restaurants in Fresno, there are also plenty of things to do around the city. Fresno features lots of fun activities, attractions, and perfect weather, making it an ideal spot for an intimate getaway. Build your relationship while doing a few romantic things in Fresno, California.

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