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13 things to do in Conejo Valley, California

If you’re looking for things to do in Conejo Valley then you’ve come to the right place! This suburb of Los Angeles offers a relaxed and beautiful getaway for people looking to escape the chaos (and traffic!) of LA, and is a great location for a family getaway. 

In this guide we share 13 can’t miss activities in Conejo Valley, including our favorite hikes, places to eat, and family-friendly activities in Conejo Valley. This guide includes locations in Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, and Newbury Park.

13 things to do in Conejo Valley, California – food, hikes, and activities

The best hikes in Conejo Valley

Oakbrook Vista Trail

Hike length: 3.4 miles (round trip)  |  Elevation Gain: 780 feet  |  Trail type: Out and back  |  Fees: Free

In my humble opinion this is the BEST hike in Conejo Valley! We tackled the Oakbrook Visa trail at sunrise and we got incredible views of the surrounding mountains. We did this hike in mid-March, which meant we also got to enjoy lots of wildflowers– including tons of yellow “bush poppies” lining the trail!

Los Robles Trail Via Oak Creek Canyon Trail

Hike length: 2.9 miles (round trip)  |  Elevation Gain: 534 feet  |  Trail type: Out and back  |  Fees: Free

Located in Los Robles Open Space, this beautiful hike offers great views of the mountains, and features a relatively gradual climb. The summit is a great spot to enjoy the sunset! In spring the hills are covered in beautiful purple and white lilacs, which smell amazing. Note that you may share the trail with mountain bikers, so be aware of your surroundings. 

Uniquely, the first segment of this hike features trail resources for people with visual impairments (including braille signage and a rope for navigation while walking) . 

Satwiwa Loop Trail

Hike length: 4.1 miles (round trip)  |  Elevation Gain: 718 feet  |  Trail type: Out and back  |  Fees: Free

This hike should be at the top of your list of things to do in Conejo Valley! This moderate trail rewards hikers with a beautiful 100 foot waterfall that cascades down a rock face in a lush canyon. The trail is well-maintained, but I recommend wearing pants and long sleeves, as there can be a significant amount of poison oak along this trail.

Can you identify poison oak, pictured below?? These shiny “leaves of three” can be found throughout California. Don’t touch!

The best places to eat in Conejo Valley

Looking for the best places to eat in Conejo Valley? See below for our recommendations for the top breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots in Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, and Newbury Park!

Breakfast

Carrara’s Pastries

This is my number one recommendation for a late breakfast or a delicious mid-day treat in Conejo Valley! Carrara’s has phenomenal Italian pastries, and lots of gluten free options. We ordered a cannoli, trilogia (layers of chocolate Bavarian cream with a flourless chocolate cake), sfogliatelle (baked ricotta and orange zest in layers of crispy and flakey dough), and a mascarpone crème cheesecake with an almond flour crust. 

I’m from Philadelphia and have pretty high standards for my Italian pastries… these were by far the best I’ve had on the west coast. They also have great espresso!

Five07 Coffee Bar

This cute coffee shop has great lattes and fantastic avocado toast, and they have a real “community” vibe with lots of locals visiting each morning. They offer a wide variety of food options including pastries, breakfast sandwiches, crepes, and smoothies! Note that this spot gets busy, so arrive early for a table.

Honey & Herb

This restaurant is famous for their waffles, and they have options for both meat eaters and vegans alike! We enjoyed their vegan chicken and waffle, as well as their “sweet home avocado,” which featured basil aioli, fried egg, and arugula. 

Lunch

Pedals and Pints

This adorable bike-themed brewery has great pints and great food! We loved their pizza, and they’re well-known for the BBQ. We also enjoyed a flight – our favorite beer was their limited run Coffee Cream Ale!

Blue Table

The light and bright restaurant features a wide range of options, from wine and cheese boards to decadent meals. This restaurant is located in the atrium of the Whizin Market Square, which is packed with vibrant plants, which makes for a cozy dining atmosphere.

Dinner

The Moody Rooster (reservation highly recommended)

The Moody Rooster is my number one dinner recommendation for a fancier meal or date night! They have an extensive wine list, a lovely patio, and incredibly attentive staff. Their food is what really stands out, though. I’m still dreaming of our meal here!

For appetizers we enjoyed the Lentil Dahl with mint, cilantro, tomato, and aleppo, and the Smoked Eggplant with orange, pickled onions, pistachio brittle, tahini sauce, and micro greens (pictured above).

For our mains we shared their homemade Crispy Gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, basil, and parmesan fondue, which was rich and buttery! We also got their Chanterelle Mushroom pasta with tagliatelle, toasted almonds, herbs, and parmesan. We ended the night with their milk and cookies (literally fresh cookies and sweetened malted milk) for dessert!

This restaurant also recently opened up the Moody Market and Provisions, which is a new neighborhood market and deli concept. This would be a great option for lunch.

The Cliff Diver (reservation recommended)

If you’re looking for delicious Mexican food in Southern California then Cliff Diver has you covered. Their esquites (Mexican corn) and margaritas were true standouts. 

Family-friendly activities in Conejo Valley

Chumash Indian Museum

The Chumash Indian Museum is a historical site and a living history center. There are informative exhibits, artwork, and a short hike to a model village. Note that the museum is only open on the weekends.

Conejo Botanic Garden

This free botanic garden offers the perfect respite inside of downtown Thousand Oaks! They have several collections, as well as a kids adventure garden which is open on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Mighty Axe

Want to try your hand at axe throwing? This is the place to go! We had a blast embracing our inner lumberjack and playing axe tic-tac-toe. This is a great option for family-friendly things to do in Conejo Valley, especially for when the weather is less than ideal. Mighty Axe is an all-ages establishment, but only kids 10 years and older can throw axes.

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