Beginners Guide to Fresno

Beginners Guide to Fresno


Guide To Fresno

Fresno was founded in 1872 as a Railway station of The Central Pacific Railroad before becoming a municipal corporation on October 12, 1885.

Spanish for “ash tree”

Fresno is in the Pacific Time zone (UTC-8). In the summer (daylight saving time) it’s PDT (UTC-7).



Fresno is rated as fifth most populous city in California; ranking it at number 34 in the nation and largest city in The Central Valley

Population: 522,053

Estimate as of 2016 based on Population and Housing Unit Estimate.

114.70 square miles (114.42 square miles of land and .28 square miles of water).

Elevation: 308 ft.




Official website for the city of Fresno is

Official website for the county of Fresno is

Current Mayor of Fresno is Lee Brand official website is

Fresno City Hall is a postmodern architectural establishment including the mayor’s office and Fresno City Council members. Located at 2600 Fresno St. Fresno, CA 93721.



Weather in Fresno has a steady average temperature of 64.1 degrees*. The city isn’t known for extreme winter conditions, but for warmer temperatures in the summer months.

Summer- The higher temperatures begin to between the months of April and November with an annual high temperature of 76.9*.

Winter – Coldest months in Fresno are December through February. Rain is expected throughout those months; but Fresno residents will almost to never experience snowfall. Annual low temperature is 51.3 degrees*.

Spring and Autumn – Sunny days with a breeze are most occurring in the months of March and April.

*Based on statistics of USA Climate Data


Yosemite International Airport

The Yosemite International Airport (FAT) serves all residents of The Central Valley providing safe flight transportation to all. Located on East Clinton Avenue, the airport is accessible from any part of Fresno.

FAX showcases The Central Valley and contributes to its conservation. Recent renovations include installations

of solar panels to give a viable source of energy for the facility. Additional expansions include the baggage claim area and security screening.

The lobby remodel features an exhibit of assorted foliage that can be found in our remarkable surrounding national parks such as Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. Works completed by Central Valley artists can be found on the first floor. Other amenities include electric vehicle charging stations and consolidated rental car facility located on site.



Where to Stay

Fresno offers a variety of valued, family, and business hotels that accommodates the needs of any guests planning to enjoy Fresno for a while or just stopping through town. See our guide to the lodging opportunities in Fresno.



Public Transportation

The City of Fresno’s Public Transportation serves the metropolitan area providing 16 fixed-routes to make sure locals are able to get where they need to be.

Fresno Area Express (FAX) base rate is $1.25 (exact change only) and offers a fare pass that can be used for full rides and transfers.




Fresno is home to half a million, offering unique areas that we can all call home. Varietal districts and unique areas serve Fresno residents with an assortment of amenities.

Fresno’s 12 major neighborhoods include Woodward Park, North Growth Area, Bullard, Southeast Growth Area, Hoover, South Growth Area, West, Mclane, Fresno-High, Edison, and Central.




Fresno takes pride in its metropolis of dining variety. The city focuses on diversity of choice, taste, and local business support. Some signature spots include locally renowned BBQ including Doghouse Grill and Westwoods. Pismo’s Coastal Grill has dining in or take out options for fresh seafood, and intimate Bistro’s like Cracked Pepper or The Painted Table.

Locals enjoy smaller, locally owned restaurants to support the growth of community and of course the alternative way of dining through food trucks and vegan options.


Bars & Breweries

Numerous restaurants in Fresno are equipped with full bars and exceptional service; but for after hours, independent bars can be found scattered through the city. Nightlife spots are quite the scene when it comes to Downtown Fresno, Northeast, and the Tower District.

Some bars include pool tables, venue space for performers, or locally crafted draft beers. Locally owned and operated establishments include Full Circle Brewery, Tioga Sequoia Brewery, Strummers, Goldstein’s Mortuary and Delicatessen, and Veni Vidi Vici.



Sports & Venues

The Fresno Grizzlies play at the Chukchansi Stadium (Regular season April – September)

Fresno State Athletics teams include football, basketball, baseball, softball, men’s golf, wrestling, and rugby. Sporting events take place on Fresno State University campus along with The Save Mart Center, multi-use establishment located beside campus.


Gym and Fitness

Health and fitness is an important aspect for Fresno locals. The city has an array of gym facilities and alternative exercise establishments that uncovers the passion for health.

Locally owned and operated, the George Brown Sports Club (GB3) offers 5 locations in town along with revamped Fit Republic, which also provides 5 locations for members.

Unique and popular Metal Mark gymnasium is for any indoor rock climbing enthusiast offering gym equipment and a yoga studio. New and exciting Cycle Bar and Ride 54 located in North Fresno give guests an exhilarating workout.



Fresno loves local and out of the area talent. Numerous concerts held at the Save Mart Center, bars, and venues can be seen during all through the week along with Art Hop in Tower District, museum exhibitions, family outings, flea markets, antique shows, and grand opening and renovation celebrations.

Year round and seasonal attractions are essential to residents of the Central Valley. Families enjoy The Fresno Chaffee Zoo along with the Fresno Fair, multiple casinos for a night away, or a casual night of bowling or billiards.

Disability Services

The Paratransit Accommodation service provided is the FAX Handy Ride for individuals with disabilities who cannot functionally use the FAX City bus system.

Many non-emergency privately owned services in Fresno are also available for residents to utilize. ACC, Dave’s Gurney and Wheelchair, and ABC are just a few that offer curbside access to customers that need extra assistance.


Local & Visitor Information

Fresno’s old historical water tower was taken over by The Fresno Arts Council now serving as a visitors center for guests including a gift shop found inside.

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