Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, you’ll find what you’re after in Kings and Fresno counties.
Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment Center
4055 N. Chestnut Diagonal Fresno, CA 93726...........................559-292-9000
Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment Center has an extensive variety of attractions including batting cages, bumper boats, miniature golf, a race track, a ropes course, waterslides and laser tag.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
894 W. Belmont Ave. Fresno, CA 93728....................................559-498-5910
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is the Central Valley’s destination to find wild adventure. Visit the animals in habitats created to mimic their own, including a tropical rain forest. You can take in a bird show, feed the giraffes or chat with the keepers. African Adventure is a multispecies exhibit, with 13 acres that mimic the African plains and savannas for a pride of lions, a family of African elephants, cheetahs, white rhinos and other species. There’s also a new giraffe feeding station and a dine-in restaurant, the Kopje Lodge. Sea Lion Cove, modeled after Central California’s coastal Point Lobos, is another popular experience.
The golf courses around the Central Valley are lesser-known compared with California’s other regions such as Monterey or Palm Springs, but the many cities scattered throughout offer more understated courses. This also means you’ll discover some of the better bargain plays in the region, even if the headlining golf courses of California are to be found elsewhere. There are three courses in proximity to NAS Lemoore. For a full list of public and private courses in central California, visit www.golfcalifornia.com/destination/central-valley.htm.
6099 W. Barstow Ave. Fresno, CA 93723................................559-277-6800
Island Waterpark has attractions that appeal to all ages, including a wave pool, thrilling waterslides, a kids’ area, a lazy river and more. The park is open only during the summer months.
Kings River Expeditions
Kings River Expeditions, a whitewater rafting company on the Kings River, offers both one- and two-day trips packed with fun and action. Guides will take you, your friends, family and coworkers on the whitewater adventure of a lifetime. Originating high in the Southern Sierra, the mighty Kings River is a Class 3 river, perfect for both beginning and intermediate rafters. Twin Pines Camp is home base for Kings River Expeditions and lies just above Pine Flat Reservoir, less than two hours east of Fresno.
Wonder Valley Resort
6450 Elwood Road Sanger, CA 93657....................................800-821-2801
Water is a reoccurring theme of the fun at Wonder Valley with two sparkling pools, a heated hot tub, four giant waterslides and Dalton Pond, providing activities such as kayaking, fishing, canoe rides and swimming. Outdoor sporting facilities include tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a softball diamond and horseshoe pits. There are also opportunities to enjoy archery, paintball, a ropes challenge course, a trampoline center and a games pavilion with pingpong and billiards. The scenic trails are perfect for a stroll or bicycle or horseback rides. It’s a popular place for weddings and conferences.