Thousand Oaks, CA is about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles. While it doesn’t snow in Thousand Oaks, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy during the winter months.
First, a visit to the Gardens of the World is a must. Right in the heart of Thousand Oaks, you can find this striking monument to commemorate the various cultures of the world. Each garden has its own authentic feel. From the Gardens of The World website, we have included the descriptions below:
“The Japanese Garden
The delicate balance and harmony of Asian culture have been beautifully captured in this peaceful setting surrounding an authentic Japanese Pagoda. Set in the midst of a Koi pond, encircled by bamboo and bridges, the Japanese Pagoda is a wonderful place to pause and savor a tranquil moment.
The French Garden & Water Feature
Magnificent, cascading waterfall greets you after you pass through massive iron entry gates. A main attraction of the Gardens of the World, the waterfall is the centerpiece of the French Garden, with its lovely parterres are low-lying hedges and flowers of vibrant colors, arranged into intricate designs.
The Mission Courtyard
The early history of the state of California and its famous Mission Trail can be experienced in the authentic Mission Courtyard. Colorful hand painted murals and a Spanish fountain grace the courtyard, surrounded by olive and citrus trees, creating a cool and soothing place to reflect on days gone by.
The English Perennial & Rose Garden
An explosion of color greets the visitor in these gardens with their vivid floral displays. Rose varieties of contrasting shapes and sizes burst into bloom seasonally, creating the ultimate Garden experience.
The Italian Garden
Take a stroll under a romantic grape arbor and enjoy our distinctive cypress trees, indigenous to the famed gardens of Italy. Running through the garden is a “chain” fountain inspired by historic Italian architecture.
This authentic replica of an American Bandstand provides a stage for concerts in the park that can be enjoyed from the grassy amphitheater beyond. Nearby is a picnic area complete with tables and benches”.
Another popular spot is Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park. Offering over 1,765 acres, Wildwood Regional Park is a charming regional park in Thousand Oaks. The park is overseen by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. There are over 27 miles of hiking trails for visitors to hike, bike, or horseback ride on. You can watch the wildlife while camping in the park. Some of the most popular landmarks in the park are the 40-foot Paradise Falls, the Arroyo Conejo Creek, and a Nature Center and Indian Cave.
You can also visit some of the local establishments such as a dinner date at the Mastro’s Steakhouse, wine tasting at Alma Sol Winery, visiting the Museum of Art, or golf at the Los Robles Greens Golf Course.
No matter the time of year, there’s always something to keep you busy in Thousand Oaks, CA.