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.

The Original Farmers Market Tour - LA

Unique Los Angeles Tours Melting Pot Food Tours is like the indie film of city tours, this company has a strong cult following and they have been featured in...

Event Venue

Memorial Park

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A historic park in Old Pasadena features memorials, playgrounds and a small pavilion for concerts and entertainment. Known to be home to the beloved Pasadena...

Outdoors

Mount Wilson

Mount Wilson

On the corner of Mount Wilson and E. Mira Monte Ave., start the hike at Mount Wilson Trail Park. This trail was founded in 1904 and leads to the Mount Wilson...

MWO

A historic site located on Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena at an altitude of 5,715 feet. Free of charge and open to the public daily...

Entertainment

MUSE/IQUE

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MUSE/IQUE is a member-supported, nonprofit performing arts organization making radically engaging live music experiences accessible for all. Built on a...

Doc's House

Join "Jared on Location" as he guides you throughout Pasadena in a comfortable limo bus to some of the most iconic filming locations of your favorite movies...

Entertainment

Neon Retro Arcade

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Neon Retro Arcade is a "new" entertainment concept that celebrates the history of video games. Proudly featuring 40+ classic arcade games and pinball machines...

Galleries

Known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled, industrialist Norton Simon spent over 30 years amassing an...

OGDC

World's 1st permanent ""polehole"" disc golf course. Directions From the 210 Fwy, exit Berkshire Dr., turn east off ramp to a left at stop light. Go past La...

Landmarks

Old Pasadena

Old Pasadena

With 22 blocks designated as a National Register Historic District, Old Pasadena abounds with impeccably restored late 19th and early 20th-century...

Performing Arts

Parson's Nose Theater

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Classic Theater. Parson's Nose Theater is a classical comedic theater company that established a new permanent home in Pasadena, California. Parson's Nose is...