15 Best Things To Do In Thousand Oaks, CA

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Kirsty
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Head to Thousand Oaks, California, for a nice weekend away. Thousand Oaks has a variety of activities to see and do, with plenty to eat and drink in the area. Book a stay at the top Airbnbs soon, and take a closer look at the fun things to do in Thousand Oaks, CA.

1. Pottery class (from USD 95.0)

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Create beautiful bowls by joining a pottery class. In this one-hour pottery class, you get to make your very own pots through a pottery wheel, after a little demonstration of course. This guided class allows you to create several bowls while having fun.

If you are interested, the host lets you fire, glaze, and even ship your work for an additional fee. Before signing up for this class, make sure to wear old clothes and shoes because this fun activity in Thousand Oaks can get a little messy.

Create Bowls on a Pottery Wheel!

Duration: 1 hour

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2. Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

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Posted by Conejo Valley Botanic Garden on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden consists of 15 botanical gardens on the hillside. This botanical garden is known for its gorgeous views since it lies at the highest point of Thousand Oaks. Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is not just for people who love flowers and gardening but also for those who want to take a leisurely stroll with their dogs. With panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides and unique terrains, this garden should definitely be on your list of places to visit here.

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

Address: 400 W Gainsborough Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, United States

Opening hours: 8am - 6:45pm (daily)

3. Chumash Indian Museum

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Chumash Indian Museum is the former site of a Chumash village called Sap'wi. This is a Native American Interpretive Center that is located at Oakbrook Regional Park. Chumash Indian Museum is a historical site as well as a living history centre that aims to preserve, educate and create awareness about the Chumash people. Here, the story of the Chumash people is told through exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.

Chumash Indian Museum

Address: 3290 Lang Ranch Pkwy, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, United States

Website: Chumash Indian Museum

4. Conejo Players Theatre

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Conejo Players Theatre is a very popular performing arts theatre in Thousand Oaks. In fact, this Thousand Oaks attraction is the oldest theatre not just in the city but in all of Southern California. Shows and musicals such as Bye-Bye Birdie, Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Haunted Broadway Drive-in Theatre, The Belle of Amherst, and more are performed here. Visit the website if you want to get a detailed list of the upcoming shows and musicals as well as purchase a ticket.

Conejo Players Theatre

Address: 351 S Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361, United States

Website: Conejo Players Theatre

5. ImmotionVR

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Posted by Immotion VR US on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A favourite among kids, young adults, and adults alike, ImmotionVR is a video arcade in the heart of the city. It offers visitors a unique virtual reality experience with its Vive pro games such as Smashbox Arena, Battleswake, Electronauts, and Sprint Vector. Here, you can choose between a premium pass, a variety pass, and a standard pass depending on your gameplay experience. For more information, visit their official website.

ImmotionVR

Address: 350 W Hillcrest Dr Suite #354, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, United States

Website: ImmotionVR

6. Boulderdash Indoor Rock Climbing

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Whether you are a new or an experienced climber, Boulderdash Indoor Rock Climbing offers a variety of roped climbing walls to match your skill level. Anyone who is into some adrenaline-pumping activities should definitely check out this indoor rock-climbing gym’s 10000 square foot (929 square meter) carved climbing surface. In case you want to take a break, you can go for the sports drinks and snacks that this facility offers. If you think you can climb more challenging walls, you must provide your own UIAA-approved climbing rope first.

Boulderdash Indoor Rock Climbing

Address: 880 Hampshire Rd A, Westlake Village, CA 91361, United States

Website: Boulderdash Indoor Rock Climbing

Opening hours: Mon: 12pm - 8pm; Tue - Thu: 12pm - 4pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 8pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm

7. Ventura County Certified Farmers' Markets

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Posted by Thousand Oaks Certified Farmers' Market on Thursday, July 30, 2020

If you’re looking to buy some fresh produce, then do check out Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Markets. You can find it at The Oaks Shopping Center every Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Since 1991, this farmers’ market has been selling all kinds of products ranging from homemade hummus to organic herbs. So if you are currently experimenting with a new recipe, a visit to Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Markets is a great way to discover new ingredients.

Ventura County Certified Farmers' Markets

Address: W Wilbur Rd &, W Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, United States

Website: Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Markets

Opening hours: Thu: 12pm - 5pm (closed from Fri - Wed)

Price: Free

8. Dog Haus

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This place first opened in Pasadena, California in 2010. Famous for its sausages, it has gained national attention for its signature all beef Haus Dogs. Guests can choose from signature, one-of-kind Haus creations or customize their own from a wide array of unique toppings

Tom from Tripadvisor raves, “This place makes big juicy burgers with loads of toppings and great fries. They are the ‘Dog Haus,’ so their dogs and brats or sausages are excellent, with a great variety. I have been twice, and I’ll go again. I’m wanting to go back just thinking about it.”

Dog Haus

Address: 50 Thousand Oaks Blvd, 91360 Thousand Oaks, CA

Website: Dog Haus

9. Reign of Terror Haunted House

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Southern California’s scariest award-winning Halloween haunted houses. While retaining its original haunted mansion, this place to visit in Thousand Oaks has expanded from year to year, adding a variety of environments: The Asylum, Blood Manor, Miner’s Revenge, Quarantine, and now the Fun House. A favorite with visitors is in the pre-existing sections, a tight pathway with a bog-like feel, where a low fog and some laser lights create the illusion that you are walking on a layer of mist. For a moment, we were quite literally hesitated to put our foot down, afraid we would sink beneath the misty surface. Enter if you dare!

Reign of Terror Haunted House

Address: 197 N Moorpark Rd B, 91360 Thousand Oaks, CA

Website: Reign of terror haunted house

10. Pinots Palette

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Painting with a difference, sip and paint classes are becoming increasingly popular. A great way to learn a new hobby or to try new wines. Each class offers a different picture to paint, all supplies are provided as a local artist talks you through each step. Guests are encouraged to bring your own food whilst beer and wine are supplied. It’s a great way to gain artistic talent and is great for beginners.

Pinots Palette

Address: 2879 Agoura Rd, 91361 Westlake Village, CA

Website: Pinots Palette

11. Lazertag Extreme

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Now with brand new equipment, it’s a great way to spend a family night out. A laser maze has been added one of the first in the Conejo Valley. Party rooms are available catering to large parties’ ready to battle!

Carol from TripAdvisor said, “They helped us understand what the objective is and how to score more points to win. They have an arcade area as soon as you walk in and a prize counter off to the right side. The party rooms they have are off to the left side. The snack bar is also a plus.”

Lazertag Extreme

Address: 591 Country Club Dr, 93065 Simi Valley, CA

Website: Lazertag Extreme

12. Bottle and Pint

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Instead of going on a night out drinking, come to Bottle and Pint and discover the best drinks in the area. The tap room has 12 of the world’s best craft beers on tap. Learn about the different variety of drinks, with several restaurants surrounding the venue.

Bottle and Pint

Address: 1714 Newbury Road, 91320 Thousand Oaks, CA

Website: Bottle and Pint

13. AMC Dine-In

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More than just a movie, AMC Dine-In has a state-of-the-art movie theater with a difference. The two largest auditoria are outfitted with balconies featuring Muvico’s Premier seating and service. There is one additional all Premier seating auditorium and a specially branded Pepsi Max auditorium with reserved seating We reserved tickets in advance in the VIP section which offers balcony seating, free popcorn, and 3 USD off concessions.

AMC Dine-In

Address: 166 W Hillcrest Dr, 91360 Thousand Oaks, CA

Website: AMC Dine In

14. Crown and Anchor

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The very best of British food and drink, the Crown and Anchor provides a uniquely British experience. British-inspired pub grub, with classic fish and chips being a customer favorite. One Trip Advisor review commented, “The owner is a true Brit, and it shows. They serve the best fish & chips for miles around! Both a sports bar and restaurant are available. (I prefer the bar.) There is a good variety of draft beer available, including imported brands: Bass, Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks & Carlsberg. Other English meals include Shepherd’s Pie, Steak & Mushroom Pie, curries, Bangers & Mash, Cornish Pastie & Toad-in-the-Hole. English football (soccer) will dominate the TV’s in the pub during the season, and this place is open early in the morning for the die-hard English Premier League fans!”

Crown and Anchor

Address: 2891 Thousand Oaks Blvd, 91362 Thousand Oaks, CA

Website: Crown and Anchor

15. We Olive & Wine

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A great bar located in an outdoor area of the mall, We Olive and Wine Bar offers up samples of different olive oils, balsamic vinegar, and food products to try. The wine tasting area is extremely popular with visitors. The Wine Bar we offer daily tasting and wines by the glass or bottle, and a selection of bottled beers and non-alcohol drinks.

Tripadvisor Chloe has nothing but positive things to say: “Oh, I just love this place! Perfect place to go to with girlfriends. Small but very tasty menu, (veggie and GF friendly) and an excellent wine list. I love that they offer tastes! A fun way to try a variety of wines. I kind of wish they offered flights as well! But, you can’t have everything ;) Servers are all so kind and thoughtful. Really easy to talk to and full of knowledge. Love that they have a shop in the wine bar as well! Super clean, too. I will never get enough of their asiago dip or BBQ flatbread. Ever.”

We Olive & Wine

Address: 190 W Hillcrest Dr #51, 91360 Thousand Oaks, CA

Website: We Olive & Wine

Hungry and haunted in Thousand Oaks

The best area to grab different specialties in food and drink. After being haunted check out the fantastic selection of sausages or relax with a wine class to unwind and learn a thing or two at the same time!

Frequently asked questions about best things to do in Thousand Oaks, California

1. What are the top attractions to visit in Thousand Oaks?

Thousand Oaks has plenty of attractions to offer its visitor and some of the best include Paradise Falls, Gardens of the World, and Wildwood Regional Park.

2. What are the best outdoor activities in Thousand Oaks?

One of the best outdoor activities in Thousand Oaks is exploring the Gardens of the World and be mesmerized by its beauty. You can have picnics here or just seat on the clean benches and relax.

3. What are the most popular things to do in Thousand Oaks with kids?

Two of the best child-friendly activities you can try here with your child are playing laser tag at Lazertag Extreme and painting at Pinots Pallete without a glass of beer or wine.

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Kirsty is based in the U.K's countryside, she loves travelling although she loves culture and exploring new places to visit. Her heart and favorite place will always be Disneyland. In her spare...Read more

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