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Stay With Us to Be Only Moments Away From It All

While our quiet ambiance and personal service set the University Square Hotel apart as a relaxing alternative to chain-style accommodations, our convenient location makes us the perfect choice to experience the full range of Fresno attractions. From popular dining and shopping to enthralling family adventures and area recreation, you can experience the city’s most exciting features without having to travel too far away.

California State University, Fresno

Fresno State University, located less than a mile from University Square Hotel, serves the richly diverse region of Central California. A complete spectrum of education is represented on campus. In addition, the campus community treasures scholarship and creative thinking. Fresno State operates the first commercially bonded winery on any US university campus, where student-produced wines have won hundreds of noteworthy awards.

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Wolf Lakes Park

Since 1986, Wolf Lakes Park has prided itself in being the best it can be for Central Valley weddings. While only a short drive from town, this private facility has the uniqueness of a country setting, but is packed with amenities to satisfy any bride and groom.

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Woodward Park

The late Ralph Woodward left a major portion of his estate in 1968 to provide a regional park and bird sanctuary in northeast Fresno on the south bank of the San Joaquin River. This 300-acre park and bird sanctuary is packed with amenities such as a multi-use amphitheatre that seats up to 2,500 people, a Japanese garden, a fenced dog park, a two-mile equestrian trail, an exercise par course, three children's playgrounds, a lake, three small ponds, seven picnic areas (with barbecues, electricity and water fountains) and five miles of multipurpose trails that are part of the San Joaquin River Parkway's Lewis S. Eaton Trail.

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Shinzen Japanese Garden – five miles

Located within Woodward Park, this serene garden built by the local Japanese-American community features a teahouse and a koi pond.

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Forestiere Underground Gardens - seven miles

Forestiere Underground Gardens are an unusual man-made creation built by Baldasare Forestiere. An immigrant from Sicily, he constructed this striking landmark over a 40-year period from 1906 until his death in 1946.

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Chukchansi Park/Fresno Grizzlies Baseball – seven miles

Chukchansi Park has been the home of the Fresno Grizzlies since its gates first opened in May of 2002. A gem in the heart of downtown Fresno, the ballpark has served as a home base for 72 games every spring. Playing at the highest level of minor league baseball, over 300 Triple-A players farm-grown in Fresno have moved on to play for major league teams nationwide.

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo – eight miles

Fresno Chaffee Zoo is located in Roeding Park in Fresno, California. It covers 39 acres and houses over 190 species. For memorable encounters with amazing animals, make sure this wonderful zoo is on your itinerary.

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The Big Fresno Fair – nine miles

The Big Fresno Fair is the largest annual event in the Central Valley, attracting more than 600,000 people each October. During its two-week run, you’ll enjoy exhibits, a livestock show, live horse racing and much more.

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Wild Water Adventure Park – eleven miles

This 52-acre water park features a wave pool, a kiddie area, mat slides, a rapid ride and a lot of other exciting places to explore. If you’re visiting Fresno with your family, a stop at this park should not be missed!

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Table Mountain Casino – 18 miles

Check out this bustling spot for gambling and slot machines. You’ll love the challenge these diverse games have to offer. Plus, there is lodging and a wide variety of on-site dining options to sample.

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Chukchansi Casino – 32 miles

This casino hotel with a 56,000-square-foot gaming floor is situated in the Sierra foothills. It’s just a 39-minute drive from Yosemite National Park. Experience the great games and enjoy the scenic drive to this popular destination.

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Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park – 54 miles

Experience a land of giants! This dramatic landscape testifies to nature's size, beauty and diversity, which includes huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns and the world's largest trees. These parks lie side by side in southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Activities and weather vary a lot by season and elevation, ranging from 1,370-feet to 14,494-feet. In the snow, sequoias can actually grow above 5,000-feet.

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China Peak Mountain Resort – 63 miles

This mountain retreat offers summer and winter outdoor activities, live music and family-friendly eateries. While you’re visiting Fresno, this is the perfect area to explore for fun experiences.

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Yosemite National Park – 58 miles

Yosemite National Park is set within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoias and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, offering prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.

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Sierra National Forest – 83 miles

Sierra National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located on the western slope of central Sierra Nevada in the state of California. The forest is known for its mountain scenery and natural resources.

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