What to do and see in Thousand Oaks, California: The Best Places and Tips

Thousand Oaks is the second-largest city in Ventura County, California, United States. It is in the northwestern part of Greater Los Angeles, approximately 35 miles (56 km) from Downtown Los Angeles and is less than 15 mi (24 km) from the Los Angeles city neighborhood of Woodland Hills. It was named after the many oak trees that grow in the area, and the city seal is adorned with an oak.

1. The Gardens of the World

2001 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-2902 Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 245 reviews

The Gardens of the World

The Gardens of the World is privately owned and operated by the Hogan Family Foundation, Inc. The Gardens exist not only as a cultural contribution to the community, but as an educational tool. Volunteer docents lead guided tours and assist with school tours throughout the year.

Reviewed By Christy D - CaliforniaCalifornia

Didn't work out for us

We really wanted to stroll the gardens but were stopped by the long list of rules. One rule was no dogs. I can understand that one. We happened to have our dogs with us so that stopped us from going in.Another weird rule that will stop us from ever coming

2. Wildwood Regional Park

928 W Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Nature & Parks
Excellent
68%
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Wildwood Regional Park

Reviewed By pgamma - Orcutt, CaliforniaOrcutt, California

Great Surprise

This place has something for everyone. I love taking early morning hikes through the many trails in Wildwood. You can hike up to the Teepee or all the way to the waterfall. I love taking a picnic lunch back in the groves too. Young and old will enjoy thes

3. Paradise Falls

Wildwood Park 928 Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Nature & Parks, Waterfalls
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55%
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Paradise Falls

Reviewed By UncleDavid_3 - Newark, DelawareNewark, Delaware

Waterfall in middle of suburbia

The hike to Paradise Falls isn't terribly straining, but realize that it is all uphill from the Falls. There is a few places to rest and reenergize if needed. Such as the huge wooden tepee or picnic tables near the falls. I went during a weekday morning a

4. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

401 W Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-4223 Nature & Parks, National Parks
Excellent
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from the Hollywood Bow to Ventura, features a rich variety of plants and wildlife.

Reviewed By Cavydad - Camarillo, CaliforniaCamarillo, California

Being out of the City while in the City

Being out of the City while in the City. Spectacular places, thing to do, and wilderness experience while barely leaving home. I can view Sandstone Peak, where I broke my leg and was helicoptered out from my front porch. Other experiences were not quite a

5. Grant R. Brimhall Library

1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-2134 Traveler Resources, Libraries
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96%
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5 based on 55 reviews

Grant R. Brimhall Library

Reviewed By David N - Thousand Oaks, CaliforniaThousand Oaks, California

Honored to have a T.O. library card

Named after a patron saint of Thousand Oaks for his inspired foresight as a city planner when outside forces where anxious to make our community into an extension of the San Fernando Valley, this extraordinary local library lives up to its name. Built in

6. Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

400 W Gainsborough Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2423 Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4 based on 43 reviews

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

Reviewed By StacyHamlet - Thousand Oaks, CaliforniaThousand Oaks, California

We love this place!

I was fortunate to celebrate my 50th Birthday here... and all my friends loved it. "How have we never been here before?", they said. It's a nice, family and dog friendly hike. Views of Thousand Oaks are wonderful.

7. Chumash Indian Museum

3290 Lang Ranch Pkwy, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-4900 Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 30 reviews

Chumash Indian Museum

Reviewed By Karen C

Archaeology of the area

I have been to this museum several times. Frequently as a learning expierence. The enterior of the museum offes artifacts of the Chumash Indians...the previous inhabitants of the area. There are vast grounds to wander around offering remnants of a long go

8. Conejo Players Theatre

351 S Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008 Concerts & Shows, Theaters
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67%
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Conejo Players Theatre

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, CaliforniaFremont, California

Fun Place to See the Theatre - Conejo Players Theatre

We like this small but good theatre to see a play at the Conejo Players Theatre. They have a play season, and for the coming year, have such shows at the Follies, Improv, Hound of the Bakervilles, Wizard of Oz, Amadeaus, and Reefer Madness and so forth.As

9. Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company

403 W Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-4223 Concerts & Shows, Theaters
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5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Gene P - Thousand OaksThousand Oaks

Great for Glibert and Sullivan Fans

We try to attend at least one performance a year...and you'll be seeing something new every year as they try to go through all of G and S productions. The cast does an outstanding job, especially the leads, and especially given that they had other day job

10. The Dudes’ Brewing Company

173 N Moorpark Rd, Suite D, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-4450 Food & Drink, Breweries
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4 based on 7 reviews

The Dudes’ Brewing Company

Reviewed By 587robk - Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles, California

The Dude's Brewing Company really ties T.O. together!

I absolutely love The Dudes'! The large tables have an Oktoberfest feel, and the vibe is as casual as any dude would abide. They are a brewery tasting room with a constantly changing selection, it keeps me coming back. No other beverages available, just b

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