Who knew this little piece of paradise existed? The Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks reminded me of a way-shrunken down version of the Huntington Gardens, with all of its themed areas. Like the Huntington, it is immaculately manicured with not a speck of trash in sight. Unlike the Huntington (thankfully!) it was empty on a Saturday morning and FREE!
This garden is perfect for a lightweight like me because it only took 15-20 minutes to walk around (anymore, and I would have fainted from heat exhaustion). The only downside to the park is the gang of ninja bees guarding the adobe fountain--we couldn't get close enough to admire the fountain area because of these crazy critters. Ce la vie.
Be sure to check out the giant chess set in the front of the visitor's center. Love it!