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Things to Do in Thousand Oaks: Plan the perfect vacation to California

By Shrinivas - August 23, 2020
Thousand Oaks, US

Thousand Oaks is situated in stunning Ventura County, with miles of beaches and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. As part of the scenic and picturesque Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks provides a range of entertainment, leisure and retail/shopping opportunities for the whole family. The community is just 45 miles from downtown Los Angeles and about an hour from Santa Barbara. Pleasant places such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Field, Six Flags Magic Mountain and the Getty Museum are about an hour to an hour and a half away by car. There are many interesting things to do in Thousand Oaks, California. 

Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, United States
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Things to Do in Thousand Oaks, California

Here is the list of top things to do in Thousand Oaks, California, 

1. Mouthful Eatery
2. Wildwood Regional Park
3. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
4. The Gardens of the World
5. Conejo Valley Art Museum
6. Mastro’s Steakhouse

1. Mouthful Eatery

Mouthful Eatery is an eclectic Peruvian-inspired dining spot in Thousand Oaks which was originally opened by Luis Sanchez and Jeff Post to the public in 2013. The unusual restaurant infuses modern flavour with regional Peruvian classics, offering lunch and dinner every day, with seasonally accessible sidewalk seating. Like Peruvian skirt steak sandwiches, crispy pork carnitas sandwiches, and chicken saltado sandwiches are served up at lunchtime. Wrap sandwiches and bowls are also available at lunchtime, with a broad selection of tasty dinner options, including pan-seared salmon, quinoa-stuffed peppers and Peruvian chicken stew. Housemade lemonades and a range of fine wines and popular microbrews are ready to drink.

2. Wildwood Regional Park

Wildwood Regional Park is a cosy suburban community park in Thousand Oaks, providing over 1,765 acres of open space for outdoor activities along with 1,400 acres of open space next to it. Originally established in 1967, the park, which is managed by the Conejo Open Space Management Department, was combined with neighbouring Wildwood Mesa Park in 1987. More than 27 miles of visitor-used hiking routes, including the Mesa, Santa Rosa, Wildwood Canyon, and Moonridge Tracks, are home to it today. The impressive 40-foot Paradise Falls and connection trail, the Arroyo Conejo Waterfall, and a Nature Center and Indian Cave are among the attractions inside the park. Hiking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and nature watching are common events throughout the park, with ranger-led interpretive programs and interactive tours available throughout the year. This is one of the top things to do in Thousand Oaks for nature lovers.

Wildwood Regional park
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3. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is the city’s main performing arts venue, housed inside the City Hall building across the botanical garden complex from the World Gardens. Founded in 1994 by AIA Gold Medal-winning architect Antoine Predock, the structure blends contemporary and post-modern architectural features and houses the Fred Kavli Theatre, with 1,800 seats. The shows vary from travelling Broadway musicals to foreign traditional dance groups, with shows performed by resident orchestra The New West Symphony during the season. The Fred Kavli Theater Room, situated in the lobby of the building, also features fine arts exhibitions. This is one of the top things to do in Thousand Oaks for art lovers.

4. The Gardens of the World

The World’s Gardens are a beautiful botanical garden in Thousand Oaks, which was first opened to the public in December 2001 across from the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The 4.5-acre botanical garden facility contains a broad range of exhibition gardens including a French-style garden with a massive waterfall featuring a reproduction of a fountain originally designed in Versailles, France. Many gardens have a rose garden in the English theme, a Japanese garden with pagoda and koi pond and a grapevine garden in the Italian style. Visitors will stroll through a concrete loop path linking all the gardens of the facilities and see a statue of Father Junipero Serra found in the mission path of the community.

5. Conejo Valley Art Museum

The Conejo Valley Art Museum is the flagship fine art museum of Thousand Oaks, originally founded by a community of artists and art teachers in the Conejo Valley in 1978. The museum, which relocated into its current Janss Mall location in 1990, is in the process of collecting funds as part of an endowment plan for a permanent location. Exhibits of fine and contemporary art are displayed during the year at the gallery, frequently showcasing artwork travelling as part of popular regional tours. The Thousand Oaks ArtWalk, which attracts up to 14,000 visitors per year and hosts a number of outdoor art exhibitions and live music concerts, contains international showcase celebrations. This is one of the top things to do in Thousand Oaks for art buffs.

Thousand Oaks, US
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6. Mastro’s Steakhouse

Mastro’s Steakhouse is an elegant chophouse in Thousand Oaks lauded by Gayot as one of the best 10 steakhouses in the United States, recognised as one of the most exciting eating experiences in the world by foreign publications such as the Los Angeles Times. The hotel, owned under the chain of Landry, operates a dozen branches throughout the U.S. It enforces a strictly formal dress code to maintain a sumptuous dinner club atmosphere and have unforgettable dining opportunities for all guests. Included in the exquisite menu are tiny filets, New York strip steaks, double-cut porterhouse steaks and bone-in ribeyes with seafood dishes such as Chilean sea bass, Scottish salmon filets and Alaskan crab legs. It also provides a large sushi bar, decadent sweets and a full-service lounge. This is one of the top things to do in Thousand Oaks for food lovers.

Lake Sherwood, Thousand Oaks, United States
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Thousand Oaks was founded and established in the 1960s in memory of the region’s many magnificent oaks. There are a ton of interesting things to do in Thousand Oaks. It is the second-largest city in Ventura County, situated about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The lovely town of Conejo Valley was the ancestral home of indigenous Chumash people, who are honoured at the Chumash Interpretive Center in the area. Plan your trip the help of reputed travel agency Pickyourtrail. Log on to www.Pickyourtrail.com and with the help of your expert guides start planning your trip or check out the preset packages. Alternatively, leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options.

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