Things to do

Things to do in Pasadena

Visit the Rose Bowl, tour the Gamble House, eat at a restaurant in Old Town Pasadena and explore these other essential things to do in Pasadena

By Michael Juliano

Posted: Thursday May 28 2015

Photograph: JimDonnellyPhoto/Wikimedia
Pasadena City Hall.

Though miles from the beach, Pasadena feels like a resort town. The city is stocked with historical charm—from the shops in Old Town to the graceful Gamble House—while located only a short drive from hilly hikes and mountainous wilderness. There’s still plenty of excitement behind that relaxed disposition; after all, this is the home of the Rose Bowl and the Rose Parade. You’ll find more great things to do in Pasadena than almost any other area of L.A., whether looking to visit a museum or for your new favorite happy hour bar; use our guide to start planning your visit.

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