Top 10 Day Trips and Attractions Close By

When you stay in Simi Valley, you are close to many of Southern California’s famous attractions.

Staying in Simi Valley is convenient no matter what you want to do in Southern California. Here are some of the top attractions and things to do on a day trip within just a short drive from Simi Valley:

1. Universal Studios

Home to the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios is a must see for kids of all ages (even the “young at heart”). Experience being on the set of a Hollywood blockbuster and enjoy thrilling rides plus shopping and dining at CityWalk.

2. Simi Valley’s Nearby Beaches

In Simi Valley, you are equally close to three of Southern California’s premier beaches, Ventura, Malibu, and Santa Monica. Ventura Beach is known for its laid back surf culture. Malibu’s beaches are also popular with surfers and dotted with picturesque rock outcroppings and cliffs. The beaches in Santa Monica are lively with locals and close to the bustle of the Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade.

3. Beverly Hills & Rodeo Drive

Snap a selfie in front of the Beverly Hills sign and then window shop shoulder-to-shoulder with celebrities at luxury boutiques on world-famous Rodeo Drive. This fabulous area is just a short drive away from Simi Valley.

4. Simi Valley's Nearby Mountain Resorts

In a little over an hour you can go from our 72 degree average to snow peaked mountains.  It's the perfect day trip for the winter months and with Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks, we have more time to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and more.  Take a peak at this nearby resort.

5. Hollywood Boulevard

See the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, stop by the Chinese Theater, and tour Madame Tussaud’s. Griffith’s Observatory and the Hollywood Sign are also close by if you’re spending the day in Hollywood.

6. Santa Monica Pier, Shopping, and Beaches

Shop and dine along the 3rd Street Promenade or hit the Santa Monica Pier for some old-time boardwalk and amusement fun. The beaches in Santa Monica are some of the best in Los Angeles too!

7. Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor

Get ready for non-stop action at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, CA. Adventure seekers will find plenty of thrills and the whole family will enjoy dozens of rides and activities plus live entertainment. Hurricane Harbor waterpark offers a fun-filled way to cool off on warmer days!

8. The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Villa

These two venues host outstanding collections of art and antiquities. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is set on a cliff overlooking the city and the sea; and houses paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography within stunning buildings. The Getty Villa in nearby Malibu is dedicated to the study of ancient cultures and artifacts. Both venues feature notable architecture, grounds, and collections.

9. Nature & Zoos

Get in touch with your wild side at an area zoo close to Simi Valley. In nearby Moorpark, your family will enjoy the animals at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College and the agricultural tours at Underwood Family Farms & Petting Zoo. Within about an hour of Simi Valley, you may also visit the Santa Barbara Zoo or the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

10. Lakes & Harbors

It’s easy to enjoy the water near Simi Valley. Head to Ventura Harbor Village or Channel Islands Harbor, both near Oxnard, for the beautiful marinas, shops, and dining. Spend a day out on the lake just north of Simi Valley at Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake, or Lake Casitas.