things to do

Things to Do

Explore and experience Pasadena including over 600 restaurants, nightlife activities, hotels, museums, education and more.

Located 10 miles from Los Angeles, Pasadena welcomes visitors with 300 days of sunshine, tree-lined streets filled with historic architecture, national landmarks, popular art & cultural institutions, eye-catching retail and a diverse selection of restaurants. Explore the “Crown of the Valley” solo or as a group to discover what makes the city one of Los Angeles’ unique hidden gems.

Pasadena is divided into four major districts. Old Pasadena, Civic Center District, Playhouse Village, and South Lake Avenue District each hold a unique charm that sets it apart from their companion Pasadena neighborhoods.

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Architecture

California Institute of Technology

Caltech. In popular culture, Caltech is known as the place where most of "The Big Bang Theory" characters work. Caltech, short for California Institute of...

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Performing Arts

California Philharmonic Orchestra

Victor Vener and CalPhilMaestro Victor Vener, a Pasadena native, founded the California Philharmonic. He has founded several notable musical institutions like...

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Architecture

Castle Green

Historic Hotel. Built in 1898, the Castle Green was designed with influence of Moorish, Spanish and Victorian elements. It was an annex to Hotel Green which...

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Shopping

Century Books

Century Books is an independent used bookstore and art gallery located at the beautiful Green Street Village. The charming shop offers a wide array of books in...

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Architecture

Colorado Street Bridge

Picturesque Views. The Colorado Street Bridge is a historic Beaux Arts bridge that spreads over Pasadena. The bridge was built across the Arroyo Seco...

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Gardens

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens features nine botanical collections, a (ride-able) miniature railroad, house museum, modern art gallery, cafe and gift shop. The urban retreat...

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Active Life and Sports

Eaton Canyon

Hiking Trails in PasadenaEaton Canyon is a 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. While...

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Desserts

Fair Oaks Pharmacy

A South Pasadena Landmark. Located in the heart of South Pasadena, Fair Oaks Pharmacy is a historic old fashion pharmacy originating in 1915. Fair Oaks...

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Coffee

Float Pasadena

Retro Soda FountainFloat is a modern take on the old-fashioned soda fountains from the 40s and 50s. When they walk in, guests are greeted by friendly baristas...

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Architecture

Gamble House

Craftsman Masterpiece. The Gamble House was designed in 1908 by Pasadena architects, Greene & Greene as the winter residence for David and Mary Gamble. The...

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Active Life and Sports

Hahamonga Watershed Park

Hahamongna Watershed Park is located at the Southeast corner of Oak Grove Drive and Foothill Boulevard. This 1300-acre park in the Arroyo Seco extends from...

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Architecture

Historic San Gabriel Mission District

California MissionStep into history in the San Gabriel Mission District, the fourth of California's 21 missions.The Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, "Pride of the...