The 10 Best Things to Do in Simi Valley, United States

September 1, 2017 Brandee Mangan

The city of Simi Valley (from the Chumash word, Shimiyi), in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States. 30 miles (48 km) from Downtown Los Angeles, Simi Valley is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area. The city sits next to Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Los Angeles. The city's 2014 population has been estimated at 126,871, up from 111,351 in 2000. The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley. It is largely a commuter bedroom community, feeding the cities in the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley to the east, and cities in Ventura County to the west.
Restaurants in Simi Valley

1. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065-0600 +1 800-410-8354
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is a must-see Southern California tourist attraction. Walk onboard Air Force One, act in a movie with Ronald Reagan, touch a piece of the Berlin Wall, and so much more.

Reviewed By Julie K - Las Cruces, New Mexico

$25 admission, self guided tour of museum, lots of info. on Reagan’s life from childhood to film career and politics. Most impressive was the Air Force One plane and Marine One helicopter. Grounds overlooked Simi Valley, beautifully landscaped with memorials on site. Cafe and gift shop were both good. Free parking. Loved this place!

2. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum

137 Strathearn Pl, Simi Valley, CA 93065-1605 +1 805-526-6453
Excellent
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Strathearn Historical Park & Museum

Reviewed By TRProducer - Simi Valley, California

My family and I have been there over the years to just look and stroll, or to enjoy the Halloween event. However, the most memorable is my daughter's wedding reception. She chose the venue and it was a perfect choice. Everyone enjoyed the location, the exhibits, and the care provided.

Correction on "When did you travel?": It was August 2015, but the date choices on the drop down menu didn't go back to then.

3. Santa Susana Depot Museum and Model Railroad

6503 Katherine Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063-4786 +1 805-581-3462
Excellent
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Santa Susana Depot Museum and Model Railroad

Reviewed By Crazycruiser59 - Simi Valley, California

I brought my granddaughters here before going to the park. They loved it! They weren'f too interested in the museum. There were people that were managing the trains and they were most helpful. It was very nice to have a bar attached to the wall so that little ones could see the trains. It has been awhile since I have been here and happy to see the museum with more memorabilia.

4. Corriganville Movie Ranch

7001 Smith Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063-4929 +1 805-584-4400
Excellent
56%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Corriganville Movie Ranch

Reviewed By Simiopolis - Simi Valley, CA

I like places that are unusual, so Corriganville fits my bill! There are many rambling trails with markers that either explain the flora or make a connection with an old Western or Classic movie. I love walking through Sherwood Forest and crossing over the Creature's Black Lagoon, or jogging past a sign where Henry Ford acted as a cavalry officer. Just beware that with all the rocky terrain, you are in rattlesnake country; but I have never seen one myself. I've only ever seen people's dogs, birds, lizards, squirrels and a mountain lion paw print in the mud, once.

5. Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum

4226 Valley Fair St, Simi Valley, CA 93063-2941 +1 805-578-0040
Excellent
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5 based on 14 reviews

Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum

Reviewed By bigcop73 - Geneva, Switzerland

You like skateboard ? You wanna see incredible boards from the 60s to today ? You have a skate and wanna ride an incredible p'ace ? You're looking to buy skateboard stuff ? This is the place tombe. This indoor skatepark is great. Skateboards from difference eras and different forms exposed around the place. The hall of fame exposes photos of the best skateboarders in the woeld. Will go back.

6. Simi Dog Park

2151 Lost Canyons Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065-0215
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 27 reviews

Simi Dog Park

Reviewed By john b - Los Angeles, California

The Thousand Oaks Dog Park has no trees and no grass and is UGLY. THIS SIMI VALLEY DOG PARK IS LIKE "DOGGIE AND DOGGIE OWNER HEAVEN"!!! Acres of green grass, some attractive trees and benches...water for your doggie....balls for your doggie....and many friendly dogs running all over the place. AND CLEAN...NO FECES ON THE GROUND. VERY PLEASANT!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Maybe bring your own balls or toys and water dishes in case the others are being used.

7. Tapo Canyon Regional Park

4651 Tapo Canyon Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063-5157 +1 805-654-3951
Excellent
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4 based on 9 reviews

Tapo Canyon Regional Park

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We enjoyed our visit to Tapo County Regional Park. It is in the midst of the canyons and rolling hills o Santa Susana Mountains. There is an archery range there for the Conejo Valley Archers.

There are picnic grounds. There is also children's playground area.

Its a good place tor a hike, which we did. Its also a very good place for mountain biking.

There is camping there as well.

8. Arroyo Simi Bike Path

Madera Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Excellent
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4 based on 10 reviews

Arroyo Simi Bike Path

Reviewed By LADave - Los Angeles, CA

The bike path along the Arroyo in Simi Valley runs about 6 miles, crossing a handful of streets with safe crosswalks. It's a steady slight uphill if you start at the Madera Rd./Easy Street end, and much of it has paths on both sides of the creek (the south side has more dirt/gravel). It's a nice downhill payoff coming back. Lots of ducks and other waterbirds hanging out in the creek, and although there's a bit of industrial and grotty stuff along the sides, there are several very pretty sections along the parks in Simi. A good way to burn some calories before lunch at The Hat...!

9. Rocky Peak Trail

Simi Valley, CA
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5 based on 4 reviews

Rocky Peak Trail

Reviewed By Jim S - Los Angeles, California

Nice, moderately strenuous trail. The trail is mostly uphill on the way up to about 2800 ft. Open trail with nice view of the community below and of the 118 Fwy. Nice rocky hill sides and vegetation and flowers during Springs and after the rainy season. Bring hat, lotion and water. There is no public facility. The trail is not crowded. About halfway up, the trail branches to Hummingbird trail which will take you to the Canyon Oaks Dr. in Simi Valley. Once you reach the top, you can continue down to another trail or go back to the same trail.

10. Big Sky Park

2251 Lost Canyons Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065 +1 805-584-4400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Big Sky Park

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We visited Big Sky Park. Its a superb park with 4 baseball fields, playgrounds, and more. The views of Simi Valley are superb from the park.

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