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.
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.
The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, located adjacent to the William Rolland Stadium, opened in October 2011 with an exhibit of bronze statuary and paintings from the collection of William Rolland. Since then the gallery has featured such exhibits as: Western Salon featuring sculptures and paintings from the Bob Eubanks and William Rolland Collections; Resonating Images I 1900-1950 featuring representational masterpiece paintings, drawings and prints from the first half of the 20th century; and Resonating Images II, exhibiting representational works by modern and contemporary masters including Chuck Close, Fernando Botero, and Picasso. Exhibitions rotate approximately 4-5 times a year.
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.
Boulderdash Indoor Rock Climbing offers climbing workouts for the novice and the big wall ace. There are fun and challenge routes for climbers of all abilities and ages. For families, climbing is one sport where you can truly interact and participate with one another. You won’t be watching from the sidelines! You’re always in the game. No longer do you have to dread that mundane workout at your fitness club. Climbing is a great full body workout as well as an exciting recreational activity. Enjoy 10,000 sq. ft. of top-rope, bouldering and lead climbing!
The Chumash Indian Museum is a historical site and living history center. This museum is dedicated to restoring and preserving an awareness of the Chumash people and their historical, cultural, material and present-day influence, as well as the natural environment and historical significance of this site. Through exhibits, events, and educational programs, the Chumash Indian Museum serves as a gathering place for a partnership with the native and non-native communities connecting the past with the present to continue our shared future.
Explore the 1,000 acre Saddlerock Ranch and vineyard in Malibu. Your trusty guide and driver team will lead the adventure on custom-built open-air Safari vehicles. You’ll make stops along the way to take in the scenery, taste local wines, and get up close and personal with animals you never knew were Angelinos too: zebras, camels, alpacas, bison, and even Stanley the Giraffe
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.
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
Stroll through a Western Town and enjoy a shaded picnic area. This real-life motion picture set is altered slightly with each production, yet retains a Western motif.
When Paramount Pictures leased the ranch in 1923, they began an era of film production that continues today. You can experience the area where Bob Hope starred in Caught in the Draft (1941) and Sandra Bullock had a leading role in The Lake House (2006). In the 1950s, Western Town was created for television shows, such as The Cisco Kid. More recent television productions at Paramount include Westworld, The Mentalist, Weeds, and Hulu’s Quickdraw (2013-2014).
Paramount Ranch offers several miles of easy to moderate scenic hikes through chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. Equestrians and mountain bikers may access these multi-use trails. Wildlife sightings might include red-tailed hawks, acorn woodpeckers, blue heron and deer.
The Western Town is not the only icon of Paramount Ranch… be on the lookout for our two native oak species—coast live oak, and valley oak. Experience the rare valley oak savannah, which may become extinct within decades due to the effects of climate change.
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.
If you are looking for a truly unique experience, look no further. Here at Malibu Wine Hikes we have just the thing for you. First, We will guide you through the rolling vineyards of Saddlerock Ranch, then we will stop along the way to meet Stanley the Giraffe. He is soooo cool!! You’ll get to pet him, feed him, and if you’re lucky, he may even give you a kiss. Then it’s off to see the other exotic animals like Zebras, Llamas, Alpacas, Camels, and Water Buffalo. The scenery is beautiful and there’s a cool archaeological gem on
the property called The Cave of The Four Horsemen. It’s one of the best preserved rock art sites in the Santa Monica Mountains. When we are finished we head over to Malibu Wines for a complimentary wine tasting of 5 locally grown wines. All of this is set in an amazing picturesque setting with live music on the weekends.