The Conejo Valley—Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills–boasts several sites worth visiting such as the botanical gardens, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and a variety of local cultural museums.
The Gardens of the World became a reality when Ed and Lynn Hogan, founders of Pleasant Holidays, decided to build a striking monument to commemorate the various cultures of the world. Their motivation was simple: to give something back to the community where they live and conduct their highly successful business, and the desire to share with others their travel experiences and the beauty they have seen during their travels around the world.
The Gardens of the World exist not only as a cultural contribution to the community, but as an educational tool. The mission of the Hogan Family Foundation is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit through the creation and operation of educational, civic-minded and humanitarian programs designed to encourage a more productive and contributory society.
The Stagecoach Inn in Newbury Park, California, originally known as the Grand Union Hotel, was used as a resting area for people who traveled from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. It is California Historical Landmark no. 659 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Grand Union Hotel was built in 1876 near what is now the Ventura Freeway and Ventu Park Road. Its redwood lumber came by sea and was freighted up the steep Conejo Grade (between Thousand Oaks and Camarillo) by multiteam wagons. From 1887 to 1901, the hotel served as a regular depot for the Coast Stage Line, which carried both passengers and mail.
Today, the inn is owned by the Conejo Recreation and Park Department and operated as a historic museum. The museum includes a replica of Timber School (originally built in 1889), the carriage house and blacksmith shop, a nature trail, and the ‘Tri-Village’, a small group of three houses: the pioneer house, the adobe, and the Chumash village. There is also a gift shop located inside the museum. Volunteers operate the museum, although it is run by the Conejo Valley Historical Society. There is also a Jr. Docent program for children and teenagers aged 8–18.
As part of the Santa Monica Mountain Range, the Chumash Indian Museum is surrounded with the natural beauty of lush meadows, large oak groves and native vegetation.
A variety of fowl and wildlife can be seen throughout the 432 acre park. Unique landscapes and rock formations as well as Chumash sites can be observed within the park.
Hiking is allowed within certain restricted areas, and all visitors must abide by the center’s regulations and guidelines.
Built by early landowners Jose Reyes and Maria Altgracia Reyes de Vejar, the Reyes Adobe Historical Site features outdoor displays and furnished rooms that bring the past to life for visitors. The barn is now a museum displaying a site timeline with illustrations of grants, artifacts and photos relating to the property, courtesy of the families associated with the Reyes Adobe, while the adjoining park features a playground and picnic facilities.
It is now Paramount Ranch Park in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Since then, the older sets have been removed, but there is a western town at the location for visitors to view. This remaining set of buildings continued to be used in filming, notably for the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman television series and the HBO series Westworld.
The Paramount Movie Ranch was also was the home of the original Renaissance Faire from 1966 to 1989, and continues to be the home of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, held each May.
Perched on a mountaintop with sweeping views, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is one of Southern California’s most unique and beautiful destinations. Step aboard and tour through his actual Air Force One. View an exact replica of the White House Oval Office. Glimpse a fragment of the Berlin Wall. Reflect at President Reagan’s memorial site, where he was laid to rest on June 11, 2004. Stroll through the grounds, including replicas of the White House Rose Garden and South Lawn. The Reagan Library is truly an entertaining, exciting and educational museum for people of all ages.
Zuma Beach is a county beach located at 30000 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu, California. One of the largest and most popular beaches in the Los Angeles County, Zuma is known for its long, wide sands and excellent surf. It consistently ranks among the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions in Los Angeles County.
Zuma Beach hosts several premier surfing events each year. With optimum wind conditions nearly daily in the late afternoon, Zuma draws many to kitesurfing on the northern end of Zuma Beach
The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is a state-of-the-art recreational facility that offers a variety of recreational, social, cultural, and educational programs and activities to meet the needs of the surrounding communities. This 30,000 square foot facility includes tournament level basketball courts, a full service fitness studio, a 35-foot realistic rock climbing wall, a multi-purpose room with patio, a dance/exercise studio, and a large banquet hall for special events and rentals.
The Garden is naturally suited to establish itself as the center for the teaching, study and enjoyment of any and all environmental activities. The Garden offers informative lectures to the public. Tours of the Garden provide the general public, schools, garden clubs and scout groups opportunities to enjoy the interaction between people and nature.