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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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...

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...


Canterbury Records

Founded in 1956, Canterbury Records is LA’s oldest surviving record shop. The family-owned, independent store has long catered to music lovers of all genres....

Castle Green

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...

Century Books

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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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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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...

Eaton Canyon
Active Life and Sports

Eaton Canyon

Timed EntryReservations are required for entrance to Eaton Canyon Natural Area and access to the Eaton Canyon trail system. Only one reservation per household...

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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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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...

Gamble House

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...

Gold Bug Store

Gold Bug

Located in One Colorado, Gold Bug is a unique vintage shop that sells jewelry, offbeat artwork, insect taxidermy, sculptures, and decor. Ideal for antique...