Exciting All-Inclusive Group Tours Adventures
Wonder Valley’s idyllic 75-acre ranch resort is located in the mountains just a 35 minute drive east of Fresno Yosemite International Airport, making it a perfect place for groups to stay to visit all that Central California has to offer! As a full-service, all-inclusive resort, your group’s meals, accommodations, guided side trips, and nightly entertainment are included in the price of your visit and are tailored to fit your group’s interests and needs!
Our most popular side trip is a sightseeing tour of the nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to marvel at the Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the planet. Other popular destinations include Yosemite National Park, agritourism trips along the Blossom and Fruit Trail, tours of neighboring towns and historical sites, and many others. A knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insight, complete with visual aids, about local history, plants, wildlife, and more as you travel to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the state – more than 25 destinations to choose from!
On-ranch activities are also available for group tours, including boating, fishing, games, tennis, horseshoes, swimming pools, a fitness center, and a Jacuzzi. Many guests also enjoy a guided historical walking tour of the property and browsing photos from Wonder Valley’s remarkable past. For an additional charge, visitors can enjoy guided horseback trail rides, archery with an instructor, themed activities, and, for the most adventurous groups, our new ropes challenge course, Trampoline Park, waterslides, paintball… the list is endless.
Whether you choose Wonder Valley as the main destination of your trip or a stop-off point on a longer tour, you and your guests will get much more than just a great place to stay!
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- National Parks
- Blossom Trail & Agricultural Tours
- Local Town Tours
- Fresno & Madera County Wine Tours
- Dairy Tours
- Half-Day Excursions
- Seasonal & Themed Tours
- Other Attractions
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks:
Breathtaking scenery will delight you as you visit these incredible National Parks! Enjoy a guided walking tour around the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman Tree and/or the General Grant Tree, named the Nation’s Christmas Tree. Also visit the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and/or the Giant Forest Museum to learn more about these amazing natural treasures. Enjoy a boxed lunch in one of several beautiful locations in the parks or a lunch at the General Grant Grove Restaurant. Available locations will vary depending on the time of year.
Yosemite National Park:
No California trip is complete without a visit to the towering cliffs and breathtaking waterfalls in Yosemite! Experience it like never before with a tour from Wonder Valley Ranch Resort. See the famous Half-Dome, the mighty El Capitan, and much more on this guided tour through one of the most beautiful locations in the state. Also, don’t miss the museums and visitor center in Yosemite Valley! Add-ons to this fantastic tour include a lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel, a Valley Floor Tram Tour, and a ride on the Sugar Pine Railroad.
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BLOSSOM TRAIL & AGRICULTURAL TOURS
Fresno County Blossom Trail (Feb.-March) and Fruit Trail (April-Oct.):
The Blossom and Fruit Trails feature a cornucopia of the many varieties of fruits and nuts grown in the Central Valley. In the early Spring, marvel at the gorgeous fields full of blooming trees, while tours later in the year see those fields laden with fruit! Stops along both tours are made to local family farms to learn about growing, production, and harvesting of the plants and trees they cultivate. At each farm, you’ll also be able to sample some of their wares! You’ll also get to visit the farm store at the headquarters of Sun Maid Raisins to shop for great fruit products!
Ag-Citing Research & Learning Day:
Enjoy a half-day tour of the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE), featuring a guided tram tour of this amazing 330-acre facility dedicated to innovation in agriculture! With resident and visiting faculty conducting studies on pest management, disease control, plant growth techniques, and more, there is always something new and exciting to see that will help our current and future farmers!
LOCAL TOWN TOURS
Kingsburg’s Historical Swedish Downtown:
When you visit downtown Kingsburg, you’ll think that you’ve traveled to Sweden instead! Each guest will receive 2 Kingsburg Krona worth $5 each to spend at participating local stores. The tour will feature a tour of several local historical buildings, including the jail, railroad depot, and several at the Kingsburg Historical Park, with lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy the town’s famous dala horse statues and the coffee pot water tower, too!
Reedley Turn of the Century Town Tour:
Step back in time by visiting the Reedley Historical Museum, which houses an exceptional collection of Yokut Native American artifacts and exhibits focusing on turn-of-the-century living. Enjoy a guided walking tour of downtown’s historic buildings while shopping at quaint gift, clothing, and sweet shops. Also, don’t miss the incredible Mennonite Quilting Museum! Add on a lunch at a local restaurant, wine tasting, or a show at the Historic 1903 Reedley Opera House (if available) to make your tour of Reedley even more exciting!
Old Town Clovis:
In this quaint downtown setting, you’ll have the opportunity to browse a multitude of shops featuring antiques and collectibles, as well as unique gift items, clothing, coffee, and more. A visit to the Big Dry Creek Museum is a must, located in what was once the First State Bank, opened in 1912 and famously robbed in 1924. Other notable locations include the Tarpey Railroad Depot, now the Clovis Visitor’s Center, and the Clovis Veterans Memorial District. Add lunch at a local restaurant to complete your tour.
Named “One of America’s Prettiest Painted Places,” Exeter has 29 giant murals painted on Historic brick buildings in the downtown area. Exeter combines small-town charm with a wide variety of unique shops and dining. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant to make your day extra special!
FRESNO & MADERA WINE COUNTRY TOURS
Enjoy a guided tour and tasting of some amazing wineries in Madera & Fresno Counties! Three different tours are available featuring 3-4 wineries each tour, as well as a choice of lunch option at a local restaurant. Tantalize your taste buds and enjoy the fruits of the vineyards! Tour the famous Madera County Wine Trail or try some of the impressive local flavor. For even more fun, add an old-fashioned grape stomp in the vein of “I Love Lucy” or be amazed at how wines taste differently when paired with different types of music with a “Liquid Music” presentation!
North Valley Dairy Tour:
Visit our North Valley Dairy Tour to taste goat cheese and meet the goats at Rocky Oaks Goat Creamery. Head further north for a delicious lunch and learning about making cheese at Hilmar Farms, then meet some dairy cows and collect your own farm-fresh eggs at Burrough’s Family Farms! Finally, finish off your tour at the Gibson Farm Market for a scoop of freshly made Fresno State ice cream. Yum!
South Valley Dairy Tour:
Our South Valley Dairy Tour features a tour and tasting at Rosa Brothers Dairy aboard the “Moo-Mobile,” and a self-guided cheese tour, lunch, and shopping at Bravo Farms. We will also visit Basilwood Farms, where dairy goats are the stars for milk, soaps, and a variety of products! We end the day with a visit to Jeb’s Swedish Creamery, where we get to sample their delicious ice cream and get a tour of where it is made!
Project Survival Cat Haven:
Grab your camera and hiking shoes to come enjoy this quarter-mile journey to see this fabulous exotic cat sanctuary. The walking tour provides a great photo opportunity to see these cats up close and personal, guided by a keeper. Project Survival Cat Haven is an innovative park dedicated to the preservation of wild cats, both large and small. Good walking shoes and walking sticks are recommended as the trail is steep in places. A visit from an education cat is available for those that are unable to do the walking tour at an additional charge. Your Wonder Valley guide will also provide some unique insight and visual aids about these fascinating wild cats while traveling to and from the park.
St. Nicholas Ranch Tour & Luncheon:
Visit the beautiful Chapel of St. Nicholas, nestled in the hills near the Big Red Barn, built during the Civil War. Stroll past olive groves and apple orchards on your way to tour the amazing Greek Monastery. The beauty of this building and its grounds will take your breath away! An authentic Greek luncheon is included.
Museum of Valor:
Staffed by volunteers and supported by the City of Fresno, this museum houses thousands of items and papers donated by Legion of Valor members and others. Framed citations, photographs, and audio and visual exhibits tell the story of America’s wars as seen by individual soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women. Uniforms and equipment of different eras are also on display. A trip across the street to Fresno’s historical water tower is also a must!
SEASONAL & THEMED TOURS
Wonder Valley offers a number of themed programs available year-around to feature holidays and festivals such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, Mardi Gras, and more. Ask us what we can do to make your tour extra special during the holidays!
Enjoy a day at the ranch with Thanksgiving-themed activities, games, and crafts before having a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings! Afterwards, dance the night away with a live band playing all your favorite oldies! This is available throughout November.
Celebrate the season with a jingle-belled horse-drawn hayride, Christmas crafts, games, and activities, a white elephant gift exchange, and more. Drink hot cocoa and watch holiday films as you wrap gifts, decorate wreaths, and enjoy the company of good friends. For an extra special treat, add on our famous Holiday Themed Dinner Show where you watch our staff perform a show for you, complete with dinner, flaming dessert, songs, audience participation activities, and more! It will be a night to remember!
There are even more exciting local destinations to choose from or that you can combine with some of the other tours that we offer. Please contact us for information on touring the following locations:
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Woodward Park with Japanese Garden
Fresno Art Museum
Kearney Park & Mansion Museum (Civil War Re-Enactment, Renaissance Fair, etc. also held there seasonally)
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
Table Mountain Casino
Gleanings for the Hungry