15 Best Things to Do in Simi Valley

15 Best Things to Do in Simi Valley

A beautiful green Valley in the southeast corner of California in Ventura County is the city of Simi Valley. A part of the greater Los Angeles area, it is a very beautiful place and a wonderful tourist destination. It has a variety of geographical features like peaks and mountain passes and hills. The climate is warm and dry and the summers tend to be very hot while the winters are mild and rainy. So to enjoy a pleasant stay, winter is one of the better times to visit this place.

Look at exhibits covering Reagan's life at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Ronald Regan Presidential Library and Museum
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Dedicated to the life of the famous 40th President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan and his wife the First Lady Nancy Reagan, is this library and museum with a collection of artifacts and exhibits relating to his life including personal memorabilia.

The Air Force One which was personally used by the President himself is also on display. There are permanent exhibits and temporary ones as well, which are very beautifully showcased in a timeline manner starting right from Mr. Reagan's childhood to his life through his various careers and films and military service and then his marriage and then at last his political career. There are also exhibits from Regan's Ranch, and even a piece of the Berlin Wall. Other than this there are a lot of documents and important photographs on display and also personal paper collections.

Hike along the mountains at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon open space Preserve
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This huge preserve is located over an area spread about 3000 acres in the semi hills with various oak trees, beautifully aligning the landscape and the Green Mountains in accompaniment. It's one of the most wonderful places to visit in Simi Valley. Previously called Ahmanson ranch Park, it was after the Woolsey fire damaged it in 2018 that it was refurbished.

A number of several primary trails are used by people to access these parks, including the victory trailhead, the Las Virgenes Road Trailhead and many more. Many outdoor activities can be carried out here including walking, hiking and mountain biking. Equestrian uses are also allowed throughout the park, but only during daylight. Some tips that we would give are to carry all the necessities and basic supplies like food and water since the treks are long and exhausting, and you might get lost. So make sure that you keep a compass, a hitchhiking stick and other necessary equipment handy. You can also get your furry friends along but make sure that they're on six foot leashes and under your immediate control.

Visit the Corriganville Park/ movie ranch

Owned by the famous Actor and Stunts man, Ray “Crash” Corrigan, the Corriganville movie ranch was a very famous movie ranch and used for outdoor location shootings in the earlier times. It was a working film studio with a rush of actors and directors working most times. Tourists also visited it as a themed attraction. It is located in the Santa Susana Park in the area of the Santa Susana Mountains.

Extensive shootings used to be carried out here by many famous movie directors and producers. But it got damaged by the wildfires that took place in 1976 and 79. What made the ranch picturesque and a great movie shooting location was the various geographical elements that it had like lakes, caves, mountains, boulders, and rock outcroppings.

During the earlier times when shootings were to take place, tourists were allowed at a fee of $1 to visit and look at famous TV actors shooting there, the bark today exists as a public park open to the common man to take a walk around.
Enjoy some easy hiking and trekking. You can also explore some of the remains of the movie buildings that were constructed here. The hiking trains pass through various rock formations, which are very brittle and aesthetic to look at.

Learn about the Chumash community at the Chumash Indian Museum

Chumash Indian Museum
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This Native American Interpretive Center is originally a Chumash village from the olden times, spread over 432 acres. This park is built as a replica of a Chumash village and has various Chumash pictographs some dating back to as much as 1000 years old. The Chumash community used to live here about 10,000 years ago. And you can look at various exhibits and artifacts related to them. After being crowned as a designated archaeological town in 1971 it became a public attraction.
There are nearly 11 archaeological sites found at the spot which are very important from a historical point of view. You can also look at various paintings and other historical items which are on display.

Some of the interesting pictographs include a 12 inch long swordfish pictograph. Since it was associated with shaman and represented the shaman spirit helper it finds a very important place for archaeologists. Other exhibits include household items like mortars and pestle, grinding tools and more. A replica of an actual house was also reconstructed here. There are four Ethno Botanical Gardens also constructed where many native Florida and endemic species are grown. These include the Riparian or basketry Garden, the Chaparral garden, the desert garden, and the fruits and flower garden.

A variety of endemic species are planted here including milkweed, Christmas berry, coffeeberry, California buckwheat, sage, and the hummingbird sage. So those interested in botany and having a keen eye for plants will enjoy visiting this place.

Mountaineering at the Rocky peak at the Rocky Peak Park

Rocky Peak Park
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The humungous rocky peak, located in the Rocky peak Park is a great spot for mountaineering. It is the fourth highest spot in the Santa Susana Mountains and is great for a hike. What makes it important from a geographical point of view is that it is also the point where the county line changes its directions from the north to the northwest.

The various boulders have jagged edges and ooze out an aesthetic appeal. And they have also been featured in various movies. Enjoy some easy hiking or mountain climbing at this park.

Pay a visit to the quaint Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village

Grandma Prisbrey bottle village
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How quirky is it to build a village entirely made from bottles and yet, this village is exactly how it sounds! Created by the artist Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey, this village is a true example of upcycling bottles with a lot of hard work between an era of 1950 to 1970s.

All the structures made here use recycled items or discarded items found in local landfills to build paths, walkways and shrines. The village and the sculptures due to its unique and quirky feature, are also a proud member of the National Register of Historic Places since 1996. It also has a variety of folk art themed into it. A beautiful feature is the doll shrine which has 600 dolls, including those from Prisbrey’s personal collection. A huge informational plaque is also placed centrally that gives information about the village.

Try skating at Skatelab

Skatelab is a 30,000 square foot facility that trains you to have fun skating around. It has many skateboard ramps and quarter pipes of easy to moderate difficulty and the back end is a six foot half pipe and a mini pipe has also been constructed.
The bowl is 10 foot deep and quite difficult if you are an amateur. But beginners will also enjoy skating around this park. They also host various camps and workshops throughout the year, which you can participate in.

Enjoy some quiet night time in nature at China Flat

A plateau located in the north central part of semi hills, it is very beautiful and blessed with various natural elements. From sand stone outcroppings to flat plateaus, you can look at a variety of geographical features and also click some great pictures. For nature photography enthusiasts, this is the place to be. Take a walk around in these green fields on this plateau.

Explore a barn at the Strathearn Historical Park

Strathearn house in Strathearn historical park
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An area heavily influenced by Native American and Spanish roots, this Historical Park has elements of prehistoric times like barns and more. Take a walk back in time to look at how life functioned in the past. Visit the visitor center beforehand if you're taking a self-guided tour, to get an idea of how to go about. Some of the buildings are really beautiful, and have great architecture and stand tall even today, including a library, a Pitting shed and the main windmill.

Skateboarders should visit the skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum

Simi Valley has a special place in its heart for skateboarders and skateboarding. Made in 2009, this Hall of Fame honors skateboarders who made major contributions to the history of skateboarding, and made history for themselves.
Many cultural icons, find a place here who made a huge difference to the skateboarding community. Some other artifacts and on display include photographs and personal memorabilia from the tours of skateboarding, stalwarts, like Patty Maggie, Laura castle, and Tony Alma. An annual gala function is held here every year that honors the new talent.

Art lovers should visit the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

Honoring various arts is this arts Center, which opened in 1995. It hosts many cultural performances, like musicals, jazz concert, and rock and roll performances. The architecture is also very beautiful and set in a Gothic theme. It was also heavily influenced by the churches prevalent during the 1920s as can be seen in the stained glass windows, and some elegant light fixtures.

Sample authentic Mediterranean cuisine at the Alibaba Cafe

Mediterranean food is very difficult to make and this Cafe serves the best and most authentic cuisine all over Simi Valley. All the ingredients are locally sourced and organic and the spices are exotic.
The menu is long and has a variety of stuff, including soups, seafood, and meat. There are vegetarian entrees available to fill those veggie bellies too. Some of the must try dishes include the chicken shawarma salad, and the pita sandwiches.

Golfing at Simi Hills Golf Course

A great view with a huge golfing course is a dream for every golf lover. This golf course gives you the best of both worlds with perfectly well manicured landscapes and a big course with many holes. The fairways are also well kept.
And some of the hazards that have been placed include sand and water to make for an interesting course especially if you're an expert and a pro at the game. It also has very scenic views so don’t forget to click some pictures.

Have a gourmet coffee at Dr. Conkey’s Candy and Coffee Co

What better way to go about during the middle of the day touring the streets than with a cup of great coffee. At Dr. Conkey’s the coffee is well curated and made with a lot of love. They also have great candy bars to go along with it. Some other desserts like fudge and chocolate are all homemade and very tasty and delicious. A family owned business, it has been in town since 1983. There is also a part of the store that sells quaint cute souvenirs like trinkets and keepsakes for you to take back home.

Dine at Betos, an Italian Bistro

It's the ultimate fine dining experience that you must have. If you're coming with a date, this is the perfect place for a candlelight dinner. The menu has all kinds of delicious Italian dishes including calamari, bruschetta and lasagna.
Some of the eclectic items on the menu include spaghetti and meatballs or salads. For seafood lovers the seafood risotto is a must try. The entrees are also delish and include some rare dishes like the Alaskan halibut or the roasted duck. Thus, Simi Valley is the place to be if you want to soak in some old world charm and some of the famous sunsets of the Southern California area. It is the best place for a family outing and great hangout place for a friends trip too.