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Top Staycation Ideas in Simi Valley- Moorpark


1. Skatelab Indoor Skate Park and Skateboard Museum: This state-of-the-art training facility and houses the Skateboard Hall of Fame. And it’s free. Kids and parents can enjoy skateboarding lessons, camps, classes and the collection of more than 5,000 vintage skateboards and skateboarding memorabilia. The facility also has been features in movies, videos and TV commercials. Visit the website for additional information and operating hours.

2. Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: The library’s holdings include more than 60 million documents, 1.6 million photos, motion pictures, audio and video tapes, and more than 40,000 artifacts documenting the Reagan administration. The facility also features a portion of the Berlin Wall and an actual Air Force One airplane as well as a full-size replica of the Oval Office. Reagan was buried at the museum and his granite monument stands on the west side of the library. Visit the Reagan Library website for hours and admission fees.

3. Corriganville Regional Park: Once the site of Corriganville movie ranch, the rustic setting where movies and TV westerns were shot in the 1940s and 1950, such as “Lassie,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Gunsmoke,” “Streets of Laredo,” “How The West Was Won,” “Jungle Book” and “Fort Apache.” The park is now part of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. The park offers hiking trails, benches and picnic tables, restrooms and drinking fountains. Along some of the trails are building foundations with trail markers explaining what the buildings used to be. The trails are challenging with beautiful creeks, rock formations and caves thrown in. Dogs are allowed on leash.

4. Underwood Family Farms: Underwood Family Farms is a working farm dedicated to education and preserving the areas agricultural history, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to visit. Families can come and spend the day picking their own fruits and vegetables, shop at the farm market take a tour and visit the animal center with animal displays, pony rides, activities and games. They also offer a summer Farm Camp and education farm tours for groups. Visit the Underwood Family Farms website for additional information and admission prices.

5. Moorpark Teaching Zoo: An extension of the Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, the Moorpark Teaching Zoo has more than 200 animals cared for by students in the program. These include lions, birds and various species of monkeys and apes. The zoo is open to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and offers wild animal shows as well as static exhibits.

June 8, 2014

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