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Life in Central California

Located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Children’s Hospital Central California is just a few minutes north of the Fresno-Clovis metropolitan area.

It’s a region that can be many things to many people. This is the home of the true outdoor enthusiast, a beautiful place that has it all– great cycling, hiking, fishing, skiing, you name it. Just to the east, towering over the Valley, stands the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain range, home to the magnificence of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks. Wake up in the morning with an urge, and you can have lunch in the shadow of Half Dome or the famous General Grant's tree - we're that close. Drive a couple of hours to the west and you’ll discover the fabled California coastline, with its stretches of beautiful beaches and quaint oceanfront communities.

Those who enjoy a more urban lifestyle will love it here as well. With a population of over one million people, the Fresno/Clovis area offers nearly all of the amenities of a big city, including fabulous fine arts, great restaurants, professional sports, a vibrant nightlife, and much more.

Our centralized location in the state also means some of the world’s most popular vacation destinations are nearby. San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe are all just a few hours away by car. If you have almost anything you want to do today, you can get to it from here.

But perhaps most importantly, the Fresno-Clovis area is a great place to raise a family. Housing in our area is among the most affordable in the state. Many of our primary schools hold state and national recognition. We also have two accredited four-year universities–California State University, Fresno, and Fresno Pacific University. UC Merced is an hour North and UC San Francisco's medical school has a Fresno campus whose pediatric program is located at Children's. Our traffic is minimal and our people are friendly.

Welcome to Central California. You’re going to love it here!


In the Fresno-Clovis area, we take education seriously, and it shows. The Fresno Unified School District is home to a number of magnet schools with specialized curriculum including global studies, science, business, performing arts, and law. The Clovis Unified School District is consistently recognized as one of the top districts in California and in the upper echelon nationally. Cal State Fresno offers University High School, a fast-track college prep arts school.

When pursuing higher education, there’s no need to leave the Fresno area. California State University, Fresno, one of the premier campuses in the CSU system, offers undergraduate and graduate studies in a variety of disciplines. For those seeking a private education, Fresno Pacific University is the Central Valley’s only accredited Christian college. Along with these two institutions, there are also a variety of junior colleges, technical and trade schools in our area, as well as UC Merced about an hour north.

Fresno County Office of Education

School Districts

Central Unified
Clovis Unified
Fresno Unified

Colleges and Universities

California State University, Fresno
Fresno Pacific University
UC Merced
Fresno City College
State Center Community College District
San Joaquin Valley College
National University
University of Phoenix
San Joaquin College of Law
ITT Technical Institute
Institute of Technology


The Fresno-Clovis area offers an abundance of recreational activities for the entire family. From the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting to a relaxing day with the family at our world-class zoo, you’ll find plenty to do in Central California. Below, you’ll find just a small sample of what our great Valley can offer.

For the outdoor enthusiast:
Yosemite National Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Kings River Expeditions
Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions
Sierra Summit Mountain Resort
Badger Pass Ski Area
Millerton Lake
Bass Lake
Shaver Lake
San Joaquin River Parkway

For the golfer:
Riverside Golf Course
Fig Garden Golf Club
Brighton Crest Golf & Country Club
Riverbend Golf Club
San Joaquin Country Club
Copper River Country Club
Belmont Country Club

For the shopper:
The Shops at River Park
Fashion Fair
Fig Garden Village
Sierra Vista Mall

For the family:
Blackbeard’s Family Fun Center
Chaffee Zoological Gardens
Downing Planetarium
The Island Waterpark
Rotary Storyland and Playland
Wild Water Adventure Park

For a weekend getaway (with drive time from Fresno/Clovis):

Airlines at Fresno Yosemite International Airport offer quick flights to places like Las Vegas, making a quick getaway easy.


Those looking for a night on the town will find plenty of dining and entertainment opportunities in the Fresno-Clovis area. Excellent ethnic cuisine abounds, thanks to our diverse population of over 90 different nationalities. After you eat, you can check out a concert, visit a museum, go to a game, or relax at a local lounge. The possibilities are endless. Take a look:

Let’s eat!
Dine Fresno’s searchable restaurant database

For the art aficionado:
Arte Americas
Fresno Art Museum
Fresno Metropolitan Museum
Fresno Art Hop
Rogue Performance Festival

On Stage:
Fresno Philharmonic
CSUF Theatre Arts
Fresno Ballet
Good Company Players
Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater
Save Mart Center
Selland Arena
William Saroyan Theatre
Tower Theatre

For the sports fan:
Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno Grizzlies


California is known for its sunshine, and the Central Valley is no exception. In fact, the sun shines here 303 days a year on average. Our spring and fall seasons feature mild, comfortable temperatures. Summer days are dry and warm, with the mercury sometimes reaching the triple digits–perfect pool weather. During the winter, the Valley cools off considerably. Cool, crisp days are sometimes accompanied by the region’s signature morning fog, which typically burns off by mid-day. Valley residents find the nearby Sierras a great day trip anytime of year, as the higher elevations mean cooler temperatures during the summer and lots of snow in the winter.

Current weather in Fresno/Clovis


Let's face it, California is full of fitness freaks. So is the health care industry. If you're in this category, you won't find a better place in the world to get and be fit than the San Joaquin Valley. Running paths that cut through urban and rural settings, combined with fairly mild weather in winter and summer, make jogging a joy. Some of the world's top cycling teams come here to train because of the varied terrain - from our flat farmlands to our rolling hills. Fitness centers abound in the region and there are no shortages of exercise partners at Children's. In fact, the Hospital prides itself in offering challenging fitness classes right here in our conference center. Zumba anyone?