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Conejo Valley - Hidden Gems of Thousand Oaks Make a Memorable Trip

Hidden Gems of Thousand Oaks Make a Memorable Trip

While it’s difficult to uncover any true hidden gems when you travel these days (thanks, Internet), there are still a few spots around Thousand Oaks that are off-the-beaten path. These unique places—including little-known eateries, majestic parks and arts & entertainment—are sure to be a memorable addition to any Thousand Oaks itinerary. The best part? You may not have to wait in line, search for a parking spot or take your turn for a photo op! Read on to discover these gems.

If you want to get outside…

Gardens of the World: This privately-owned garden is a beautiful, quiet retreat from the bustling city around it, and pays homage to various world cultures. Come here to relax, take a walk or a tour or enjoy reading a book in the sunshine.

Conejo Creek Dog Park: If you’re traveling with a canine companion, you’ll be thrilled with the Conejo Creek Dog Park in Thousand Oaks. It offers 3.5 wide open acres for playing and running with lots of local, happy pups to befriend!

Time to Eat!

Mouthful Eatery: This Peruvian-style eatery gets rave reviews from locals who can’t get enough of the fresh, flavorful dishes and vibrant ambience. The menu includes the popular “La Sarita,” a pork sandwich, as well as tasty salads and refreshing beverages – we recommend trying the cucumber & mint lemonade!

Little Calf Creamery: Occupying an unassuming storefront at the Conejo Valley Plaza Shopping Center, the Little Calf Creamery is said to have some of the best homemade ice cream in the region. The creamery also includes a full menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as a kids’ menu.

Literary and Theatrical Pursuits

Conejo Players Theatre: If you’re a theater buff, you’ll want to take some time to check out a show at the Conejo Players Theatre. This community theater is committed to providing affordable theater experiences – including musicals, plays and improve comedy – for locals and visitors all year long.

Grant R. Brimhall Library – While you may not think to visit a local library on vacation, the main library that serves Thousand Oaks boasts more than 80,000 square feet of space, including a stellar children’s section if you’re looking for something to occupy the kids for a couple hours. This one is worth visiting!

Sprinkle a few of these hidden gems into your Thousand Oaks itinerary when you plan your next visit. They’re sure to offer you a glimpse of Conejo Valley that you may not have otherwise experienced!

Conejo Valley Plays Backdrop to the Best of the Silver Screen

In addition to the many great movies that have been filmed in Conejo Valley, dozens of TV shows have also been set in locations throughout the Southern California region over the past 50 years. From pastoral ranches to tucked-away mansions to the majestic Santa Monica Mountains, beautiful Conejo Valley is a go-to location for TV production for good reason. Walk through the decades with us as we take a look at some of the best TV shows filmed here.

1960s-1980s

The iconic, 14-season Western series, Bonanza, also calls Conejo Valley home. Many scenes throughout the years were shot at the Janss Conejo Ranch, a previously wide-open space located in Wildwood. Much of the land has since been developed for homes and retail space.

The 1970s hit show M.A.S.H. was also shot in Conejo Valley. Malibu Creek State Park, which was formerly owned by 20th Century Fox, was home to the set for 11 seasons and 251 episodes. Today, visitors can still go to Malibu Creek State Park to see the restored set.

1990s

Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, which has been the set for countless films – especially Westerns – has also seen many TV sets. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was filmed at Paramount Ranch in the 1990s, and fans were allowed full access to watch the show being filmed each week.

Beverly Hills, 90210, was perhaps one of the most formative series of the 1990s. While the show is based in Los Angeles, and more specifically Beverly Hills, an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 was filmed in Thousand Oaks.

2000s

Sweet, bubbly Summer Roberts may have been one of the most beloved character from everyone’s favorite sun-drenched, teenage drama of the early 2000s, The O.C. In the show, scenes at Summer’s house (which was fictionally located in Newport Beach) were filmed at a stunning, 7,350 square foot mansion in Agoura Hills.

In the hit show 24, President Charles Logan is seen living at a presidential retreat while under house arrest in seasons 5 and 6. This home is located in Hidden Valley, a small community in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles.

Lastly, since 2008 the show The Biggest Loser was filmed at King Gillette Ranch, near Malibu Creek State Park. In a more recent episode, contestants went on a run from Hidden Valley to Camarillo.

Next time you come to Conejo Valley, spend an afternoon scene-spotting and Hollywood sightseeing. You may stumble upon some other former TV sets, or perhaps a show in the making!