Things to Do in Calabasas

Go mountain biking in Cheesboro Canyon

Enjoy the pastoral scenery along the the Cheesboro Canyon floor under an oak canopy where the Chumash lived for thousands of years. The trip can be as hearty as you want. Hawks soar high above you. If you're feeling ambitious, take the Modelo trail and bike west to the Palo Camado Canyon Trail. This trail is rated moderate to strenuous. National Park Service Information Center: 805-370-2301

Hike where Planet of the Apes was filmed

Malibu Creek State Park also figured prominently in the television show M*A*S*H. But way before that, it was home to the Chumash. Malibu Creek meanders through the park. Oak woodlands and towering sycamores along the creek provide shade on hot summer days. MCSP is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road.

Dine al fresco and listen to music on a warm evening

It's a Calabasas warm-season tradition (which is most of the time) to sit out under the stars, sip a dynamite margarita and eat Mexican food at the Sagebrush Cantina. After a pleasurable weekend afternoon riding the back roads of the Santa Monica mountains, legions of Harley riders end up the day here. Located at 23527 Calabasas Road in Old Town Calabasas. 818-222-6062.

Have a 'farm fresh' picnic

Calabasas's farmers market makes every Saturday morning an event. Families sample organic strawberries that were growing in the field yesterday. Growers tempt passersby with tastes and tales of unusual fruits and vegetables that you won't find in the grocery store. And unlike the grocery store, the selection marches to a seasonal rhythm. The thin asparagus stalks that are the harbingers of spring. The white peaches and the Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes of summer, the black walnuts of fall and winter's navel oranges. When you're done with your shopping, adjourn across the street to the rose garden to enjoy your bounty. Calabasas Farmers Market, Saturdays, corner of Calabasas Road and El Canon Avenue. Year round, 8am-1pm.

Go swimming

at the Calabasas Swim and Tennis Center. Located on the shores of the lake, the Center was formerly a a private club. The Olympic-sized pool is sectioned off for lane swimmers. Novices can sign up for all levels of lessons and those looking for a structured workout can take advantage of the Masters swim program. Aquafitness classes provide gentle, low impact exercise that's easy on the joints. Open to members and non-members. Now with free WiFi access! 818.222.2782.

Wander through Sperling Nursery

No matter what the season, you'll find your mood improved by a walk here. Just go. Sperling is not your typical nursery. It's filled with unusual and beautiful plants arranged with an artist's eye. Lots of seasonal color, an extensive array of perennials, gift baskets and more. Helpful and knowledegable gardners will share their green thumb with you. Their gift shop has unusual and lovely items for gifting.

Play tennis

Besides the Swim and Tennis Center, you can also play tennis at Gates Canyon Park, 25801 Thousand Oaks Bvd. 818.222.2782.

Go to the movies

Calabasas has its own movie palace with the Edwards 6 Cinemas, located in The Commons. The seats are a step above (no pun intended) other stadium theatres.

Shoot hoops at De Anza Park

Open play basketball alternates with hockey here, so call for hours. 818.880.6461.
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