Pasadena, California

Things to Do

Whether you're a foodie, culture vulture, nature lover, music chaser, movie fanatic, fine art aficionado, or history buff, there's more than enough in Pasadena to keep you busy. Here are the best things to do, from shopping boutiques and breathtaking museums to trendy restaurant bars and lush outdoor adventure.

In Pasadena, California's history and heritage is met with palm-lined streets, ornate architecture, national landmarks, popular art & cultural institutions, shopping boutiques, and ethnically diverse food. 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 home to over 30 nationally registered historic districts, including the thriving downtown neighborhoods that offer shops, bars and restaurants in well-preserved turn-of-the-century buildings.

Entertainment

The Boulevard

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The Boulevard is a gay bar that is sure to fill your night with lively entertainment and a welcoming safe space for LGBTQIA members. The bar offers plenty of...

Recreation

Brookside Golf Club

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Brookside Golf Course is located in Pasadena, California—it is adjacent to the Rose Bowl Stadium in the Arroyo Seco natural area. Brookside features two...

Outdoors

Brookside Park

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Park Near the Rose Bowl Pasadena's largest fully maintained park facility (61.1 acres) is located just south of Rose Bowl Stadium. Lots of parking is available...

Landmarks

Bungalow Heaven

Bungalow Heaven

Bungalow Heaven is a square mile of 20th century homes. As Pasadena's first Landmark District, this neighborhood is a model for historic preservation and...

Entertainment

The Bunker Experience

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The Bunker Experience is a thrilling escape room activity like no other. Featuring live-action role players within the game, your team will race against the...

Event Venue

Castle Green

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Historic Hotel. Built in 1898, the Castle Green was built by Colonel Green. It was designed by Frederick I. Roehrig with influences of Moorish, Spanish and...

Landmarks

Central Park

Central Park

"Pasadena Central Park was established in 1902 and is one of Pasadena's two earliest parks. Located in the heart of the city, the park occupies several blocks...

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

Event Venue

Descanso Gardens

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

Event Venue

Desiderio Park

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Desiderio Neighborhood Park is a little bit of a hidden gem. For architecture enthusiasts, this family friendly park sits right below the historic Colorado...