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Beautiful outdoor gardens free to public

We have been going to Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks for over ten years. Great location... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joseph M
A Relaxing Oasis in the City

In a prime location across from the Civic Arts Plaza, a center abuzz with activity, is the peaceful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thousand Oaks, California
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“koi pond”(15 reviews)
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The Gardens of the World is privately owned and operated by the Hogan Family Foundation, Inc. The Gardens exist not only as a cultural contribution to the community, but as an educational tool. Volunteer docents lead guided tours and assist with...more
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2001 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-2902
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going to Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks for over ten years. Great location for a picnic you can go to Lassen's organic grocery and get a great healthy sandwich then walk around the beautiful gardens. The Japanese garden with koi...More

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very small place, not worth a long drive. There are a few lovely small gardens based on a very limited number of countries. It is free though. Shortly after it opened in 2001 it was a wonderful place to visit with children....More

Thank marierm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a prime location across from the Civic Arts Plaza, a center abuzz with activity, is the peaceful Gardens of the World, a quiet contrast to an increasingly busy city. I have been countless times to this wonderful gem. The garden is thoughtfully planned out...More

Thank b5bj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we went, admission was free, so it was a great price for a beautiful half hour stroll around the grounds. Parking can be a challenge on site, but again- free! I appreciate that photography is forbidden without the consent of the property. I also...More

Thank ronjon08
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Santa Monica mountains trail hike with Family with children and/or with Friends is a great way to spend a morning, midday picnic or afternoon-early evening. The sights and sounds are refreshing as well as appreciating the Santa Monica mountains open space.

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 31 May 2018

This is a small garden, free to the public. I like the koi pond and the rose garden. Sometimes there are rabbits grazing in the alcove on the right side (small fountain), and hummingbirds. I have only been here when it's not busy during the...More

1  Thank chabashi
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Gardens of the world is a beautifully landscaped botanical garden with several different areas - Japanese, English, Italian, California, and more. It's really pretty and there's a nice area in the middle where you can schedule an event. They allow pictures, but no flash, no...More

1  Thank Greg G
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place. Wish there were more like it in the area. Flowers and scenery is tranquil for a nice family walk.

Thank Todd M
Reviewed 12 May 2018

If it were possible to give a place zero stars, that's exactly what I'd do. I had a truly distressing experience at Gardens of the World last weekend and, after some thought, I decided that I just can't let it go. I visited the gardens...More

6  Thank RedwolfCalifornia
Reviewed 9 May 2018

If you get the right docent, this is heaven. Lately, it has some insane change of focus that disrespects people. We encountered the docent from hell who accused us of being professional photographers. We are not. Of using amplification. We did not. Who lectured us...More

4  Thank Tuigim W
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Wendy S
3 October 2015|
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Response from sherrys245 | Reviewed this property |
There is no entrance fee. The facility is funded by a foundation. There is a donation box, if you would like to contribute, but there is no pressure to make a contribution. In addition, there is no charge for parking... More