Introduction to Westlake Village, California
Westlake Village History
This area was originally inhabited by Chumash Native Americans. Captain Gaspar de Portola, along with other Spanish explorers and missionaries, camped near the Chumash village in 1770. After Mexico's independence in 1821, California became Mexico's territory. The Westlake Village site was part of the Rancho Las Virgenes and the Rancho El Conejo land grants. Westlake Village was incorporated as a city in 1981.
Westlake Village and Nearby Attractions
- California Oil Museum.
- Martial Arts History Museum.
- William S. Hart Ranch and Museum.
- Will Rogers State Historic Park.
- Malibu Creek State Park.
- Point Mugu State Park.
Things To Do In Westlake Village
Westlake offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. Local parks include the Topanga State Park, the Malibu Creek State Park, Bennett Park and the Point Mugu State Park. Boating and fishing are available on Westlake Lake. Local museums include the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the California Heritage Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum The Los Encinos State Historic Park and the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park are also accessible from Westlake Village.
Westlake Village Transportation
Flights are available from Los Angeles International Airport.
Westlake Village Higher Education
Pepperdine University, California Lutheran University and Moorpark College are all nearby.