LEMOORE, CALIFORNIAMar 30, 2019 11:00AM ● By Kerri Regan
By Kerri Regan and Ronda Alvey
• Lemoore was founded by Dr. Lee Moore, who organized a community in early 1872 by holding land auctions, with prices ranging from $75 to $150 per lot.
• The town was called La Tache and Lee Moore’s before it became Lemoore.
• People who have called Lemoore home include Oakland Raiders player David Ausberry, astronaut Michael Baker, former Journey lead singer Steve Perry (who moved to Lemoore from Hanford as a teen) and author Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Things to do in Lemoore:
Great escape: Untangle a diamond heist or save the world from a zombie outbreak at Lemoore Labyrinth, an escape room where you’ll be challenged to solve a puzzle and save the day. It’s a fun place for a party, a family day or date night.
Howling Good Times: Coyote Entertainment Center offers movies, bowling, billiards, an arcade and food. Spend an hour or spend a day - there’s plenty to keep patrons of all ages entertained.
Have Some Fun: The city-run Lemoore Recreation Center includes an indoor soccer field, basketball courts, a boxing ring, walking track and a gymnastics area. An air rifle/archery range, physical training area and dance room encourage folks to have fun while getting fit.
Honoring Those Who Served: The Lemoore Armed Forces Veterans Memorial is a simple but powerful memorial that pays tribute to those who have served. While you’re feeling patriotic, check out the Naval Air Station, established in the early 1960s to support the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Now it’s the Navy’s West Coast Master Jet Base.
Things to do in Lemoore:
Cheers: Ready for happy hour? Lemoore features several unique spots to enjoy an adult beverage. Bird Street Brewing offers imaginative and tasty small-batch beer. Farmers Fury Winery was started by a former helicopter pilot who ordered grapes online to create his first 15-gallon barrel of wine; after some intensive studying and information-gathering, he and his brother started their own winery. Their tasting room invites folks to enjoy the fruits of their labors.
So Much To Do: Fairs and festivals are plentiful in Lemoore. Celebrate one of America’s favorite foods at the Central Valley Pizza Festival at Lemoore City Park in April, the Kings Brewfest at 19th Avenue Park in June, the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot whiskey tasting fund-raiser in August, and the Lemoore Air Show featuring the Blue Angels in September.
Going Downtown: The Downtown Merchants Advisory Committee aims to ensure that Downtown Lemoore is a lively, engaging place to spend some time. Coffee shops, donut stores, florists and others have hung their shingles downtown. (If you’re downtown on a warm day, might we recommend a stop at Leon’s Ice Cream Shop?) The Lemoore Chamber of Commerce sponsors Rockin’ the Arbor summer concert series, which offers the perfect opportunity to head downtown and enjoy some family-friendly fun.
Great Grub: Whatever you’re craving, there’s a spot in Lemoore that will satisfy you. Chicas Restaurant has a mean bacon burrito, Pad Thai’s curry is divine and Zeny’s Restaurant offers a host of Filipino cuisine – that ought to get you started.
From the Farm: Naturally, the fertile land of Lemoore offers rich opportunities for farmers – which means plenty of fresh-picked produce, nuts and much more for all of us. Badasci Family Farms and Dairy Goddess Farms have been in the business for many generations, and Avila and Sons Farms is a bit newer on the scene but certainly worth a visit.
On the Map Lemoore:
1.The municipal 18-hole Lemoore Golf Course has been serving duffers for more than 80 years.
2. The Sarah A. Mooney Memorial Museum is an 1893 Victorian-style home that celebrates Lemoore’s early history.
3. Kelly Slater Surf Ranch creates never-ending waves for those who love to surf.
4. Why should humans have all the fun? Waggin’ Tails Dog Park is a spot for four-legged friends to frolic. It’s on 19th and Tammy and rarely crowded - fair warning, it’s a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the dog park.