History buffs tell me that the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, CA, is the best U.S. presidential library of all. Visitors can tour Air Force One, the aircraft used by seven U.S. presidents. You can also see Marine One, the presidential helicopter and other vehicles President Reagan used. There’s a full-sized replica of the Oval Office, and multimedia exhibits detailing President Reagan’s life and eight years in office, including the assassination attempt on his life. the grounds are stunning. Perched on a hilltop, the hacienda ranch style building overlooks hills and crops and on a clear day visitors can see the Pacific Ocean.
The interactive exhibits are my favorite part of the Reagan Library. Remember, Ronnie was an actor, so you’ll have the chance to sit before a camera and green screen where you’re transported into a movie scene, or calling a ballgame alongside Reagan. I delivered one of Reagan’s G.E. radio addresses, which was really fun . Your performance is recorded so you can see how you did. One room over, you can go on stage behind a lectern to find out what it’s like reading glass teleprompters as you address the public.
Outside, there’s a lot of green grass. An area depicts the White House South Lawn and rose garden. You can take an up close look at a chunk of the Berlin Wall and the Ronald Reagan memorial, where the president’s body was laid to rest following the sunset funeral service on the Library grounds. Be sure to bring your camera, the Reagan Library features an array of photo ops to help you remember your visit.
Bonus: The Reagan Library is hosting a special “Treasures of theWalt Disney Archives” exhibit through April 2013. This is the largest off site exhibit of Disney memorabilia ever. Check back for my post on this aspect of your visit to The Reagan Library.
Miles from LAX: 49 miles
Traffic411 Insider Tip: Visit in the afternoon when the Library is less crowded.
Reagan Presidential Library
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley California is a fun place to spend an afternoon. Several interactive multimedia exhibits offer the opportunity for visitors to step into the life of the U.S. president known as the great communicator.
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You can step into the shoes of the President. Find out what it's like to read a speech from glass teleprompters on each side of the lectern.