A friendly American suburb just a short drive from Southern California’s famous cities of Los Angeles and Hollywood. The town is visited for its laid-back atmosphere and local charm. Usually used, as a stopping point whilst traveling to other destinations there is not a great deal of tourist attractions in Simi Valley. However, there are some things worth stopping by for including the Ronald Reagan museum and library. Here are some ten things to choose from to pass your time here.
10. Arroyo Simi bike path
Located on Madera Road the bike path is seven miles of paved trail. A scenic ride of trees and flowers passing a stream along the way, it is an ideal walkway for hikers. There are stops along the way and many entry points, which mean visitors, do not have to complete the whole trail. The greenway project is improving the trail with the view to connect multiple parks and neighborhoods. Open 24hours a day apart from during bad weather conditions such as fog and heavy rain. It is a nice way to get the family moving outdoors in the Valley.
9. Corriganville Park
Corriganville was once a working film studio for western themed outdoor location shooting during the 1937 to 1965. On this site thousands of movies, TV programs and commercials were filmed here. The sets that made up the western towns and props were burned down in the 1970’s and all that remains is the concrete lake, which was used for underwater filming. The Park district acquired the land and named in Corriganville after Ray ‘Crash’ Corrigan who built the ranch in his retirement. Today there are hiking trails through native plants and where wildlife can be spotted.
8. Rancho Simi Community Park
The Community Park has many amenities for kids and the whole family to enjoy. Basketball and tennis courts, a pre-teen playground area, a swimming pool, both covered and uncovered picnic tables and shuffleboard courts. The tennis courts are available from 7am to 10pm year round apart from during the rain. The pool opens during the summer season and has an on hand life guard stationed here. Hours are Monday to Sunday 1pm to 4pm for recreational swimming and 530am to 630am, 11am to 1pm and 7pm to 830pm for public lap swimming. Admission is $3 per person per session.
7. Spa and Yoga
It’s a perfect way to relax and unwind in Simi Valley. There are a few spas in the area, however the Love Organic Spa and Yoga salon is the most popular to visit. The romantic love theme is great for couples that wish to relax together. This is a great place for offering body, hair and skincare as well as yoga workshops to channel your inner peace, especially great after enjoying strenuous outdoor activities. Massage prices start from $90 for 50 minutes and Yoga drop in sessions are from$18 per class. This center can be found at Tapo Canyon, Canyon Road.
6. Scooters Jungle
An indoor playground for kids, there are plenty of fun activities for children to enjoy whatever the weather. The play equipment allows kids to play with parents and on their own where they can climb, slide, jump and zip. There are different sessions for Toddlers and some for all ages. This is one of the best places to visit in Simi Valley to entertain young children. Prices are usually $8 or $9 dollars per 1 to 2-hour session and food and drinks are available to purchase on site. Scooters Jungle can be found at 2250 Union Place.
5. Strathearn Historical Park and Museum
Historical buildings and an open-air park operated by the historical society and rancho park district. The visitor center holds exhibits about the Simi Valley area and is the start location for guided tours. Buildings to explore are the Strathearn house, The Montgomery children’s playhouse, St Rose of Lima Catholic church and the original library. Tours take between one and two hours and run at 1pm Wednesday to Sunday and an additional tour at 4pm at the weekend. A $3 donation is requested to help towards costs of maintaining the park.
4. Lost Canyons Golf Club
Golf is a favorite activity in the valley and Lost Canyons Golf Club is known for its spectacular views over the Santa Susana Mountains. The course is a challenging and unique 18-hole facility in a beautiful location. Rates range from $30 for weekdays after 3pm to $75 on weekends and holidays. Golf club sets can be rented for $35 per set. Tee reservations can be made online or by telephone. There is a strict dress code on the course, collared shirts must be worn and no metal spikes are allowed.
3. Skateboarding Hall of Fame
Skatelab is a skate park and museum, which features a large collection of vintage skateboards and memorabilia. This cool museum is the largest skateboard museum in the world, displaying items from the 1960’s to the present day. The hall of fame honors those influential figures who have had an impact on skateboarding history and culture from Tony Hawk to Ellen Oneal. The skate park features two rooms with pipes, stairs, boxes and rails. Three hour skate sessions start from $10 however entrance to the museum and hall of fame is free. All of skatelab is open 7 days a week.
2. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Centre
Since opening in 1995 the center has held a range of performances from dance groups, classical music, dramas and jazz and rock and roll. The building has served the community since the mid-1920s and following earthquakes and refurbishments it reopened as the Cultural Arts Centre. Current shows include The Addams Family musical comedy and a special Christmas concert Elvis Blue Christmas. Ticket prices range from $18 for children and $25 for Adults, tickets can be purchased on the website. The center hosts a fabulous night of entertainment for friends and family catering for different tastes.
1. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
A visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential library is the in the top best things to do in Simi Valley. It is an ultimate resting place for Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States. Visitors can learn about the president’s life through a range of exhibits. There is even a full-scale replica of the oval office and Air Force One Pavilion where guests can walk aboard the actual aircraft which flew seven US Presidents. Open 10am to 5pm daily, tickets for general admission are $16 for adults, $9 for youth and $6 for fewer than 10s.
The closest Airport is Los Angeles International and Simi Valley is accessible by train with Amtraks Starlight and Pacific Surfliner. Most visitors prefer to drive around the area, as this is the easiest and most reliable form of transport. Getting out of the town why not take a trip on the historic railroad of Filmore and Western for themed excursions out if the town.