Pasadena Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Pasadena; our list of the best things to see, including NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology and Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens.
  • The best place in Pasadena: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

    You aren't going to 'see' much of JPL without a set of binoculars or a friend who works there. This is a national laboratory run by Caltech complete with a security check point. If you do have a connection to the place and can get a tour, the place is very interesting if you like space. JPL does have an annual Open House that is held on or around Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May). During this event it is open to the public, anyone can go at that time. Other times it is closed to the public at large.
    North Arroyo food nearby
  • California Institute of Technology

    California Institute of Technology

    Architectural tours are offered the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:30AM (January through June, September and October) and on the third Thursday in November. Free. A world-renowned institution for the study of science and engineering, Caltech's alumni and faculty have been awarded 32 Nobel Prizes. Albert Einstein studied here as a visiting scholar in the early 1930s. The 124-acre campus offers interesting architectures, laid back atmosphere and colors displayed by ever-lasting blooming flora.
    South eat nearby
  • Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens

    Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens

    1151 Oxford Road
    M: Noon-4:30PM, Tu: Closed, W-F: Noon-4:30PM, Sa-Su: 10:30AM-4:30. closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day. Weekdays: Adults $15, 65+ $12, 12-18 or students with full-time student I.D. $10, 5-11 $6, under 5 free, Groups (15 or more) $11 per person; Weekends: Adults $20, 65+ $10, 12-18 or students with full-time student I.D. $10, 5-11 $6, under 5 free, Groups (15 or more) $14 per person. Free on first Th of the month with advanced tickets.. 150 acres of gardens, a collection of American and European art, and library housing antique books and ancient manuscripts.
    restaurants nearby
  • Norton Simon Museum

    Norton Simon Museum

    Open noon to 6 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Friday; closed Tuesday.. Adults $10; students free with I.D. Free admission on the first Friday of the month from 6PM to 9PM. Features seven centuries of European art ranging from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Fragonard, Goya, and many more. The museum also features an extensive collection of South Asian sculpture and a sculpture garden with works of Rodin.
    North Arroyo food nearby
  • A fun, outdoor shopping area about a block east of Old Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., near Pasadena's Civic Center. With an array of shops, restaurants, an upscale grocery store, and movie theater, Paseo is great on warm evenings and a great place to eat and catch a movie.
  • The Gamble House

    The Gamble House

    Tours: Thursday through Sunday from noon to 3PM. Admission $10. Built in 1908 by Charles and Henry Greene for David Gamble of Procter and Gamble, this National Historical Landmark is an architectural masterpiece of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
    North Arroyo restaurants nearby
  • Pacific Asia Museum

    Pacific Asia Museum

    Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. Admission is $10; free on the forth Friday of the month. Features artwork from Asia and the Pacific Islands spanning 5,000 years, with a range of innovative exhibitions and dynamic programming.
    West Central food nearby
  • Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

    Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

    360 N. Arroyo Blvd.
    The center is a year-round facility with competitive teams in swimming, diving and water polo. Housing two 50-meter pools, it's open to the public and offers water aerobics, swimming, diving lessons, and therapy pools.
    North Arroyo eat nearby
  • Pasadena Ice Skating Center

    Pasadena Ice Skating Center

    310 E. Green St.
    Located adjacent to the Pasadena Convention Center, the Pasadena Ice Skating Center offers year-round indoor skating, figure skating classes, and an ice hockey league in a regulation-sized rink.
    South restaurants nearby
  • Rose Bowl Flea Market

    Rose Bowl Flea Market

    Rose Bowl Stadium
    The Rose Bowl Flea Market, one of the most famous in the world, boasts 2,500 vendors and 20,000 buyers. Nicknamed "America's Marketplace of Unusual Items," the market offers vintage jewelry, handmade quilts, antiques, clothes, plants, and collectibles. Held the second Sunday of every month, rain or shine.
    North Arroyo food nearby
  • Brookside Golf Course

    Brookside Golf Course

    1133 Rosemont Ave.
    Located adjacent to the Rose Bowl Stadium, Brookside features two 18-hole championship courses, a clubhouse, restaurant, golf shop, putting greens, driving range, and ample parking.
    North Arroyo eat nearby
  • South Lake Avenue

    South Lake Avenue

    South Lake Avenue covers 10 blocks and features Macy's, along with brand-name fashion and home decor shops, all within its pedestrian-friendly area.
  • Playhouse District

    Playhouse District

    The Playhouse District offers an intimate scene where art, architecture and culture abound. The shops in the area are a reflection, and include culinary, music and bookstores.
    West Central
  • Rose Bowl Stadium

    1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
    The historic Rose Bowl Stadium was built in 1922. It is home to the annual Rose Bowl Game and UCLA Bruins football. The stadium hosts numerous events, including concerts. The stadium is not open for public tours.
    North Arroyo eat nearby
  • Kidspace Museum

    480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
    Open Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. June–August: Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.. Adults & Children $10. Kidspace offers more than 25 indoor hands-on exhibits, in addition to outdoor spaces, programs and activities, which are designed to encourage a child's growth and development through exploration of the environment, investigation in science, and artistic expression.
    North Arroyo restaurants nearby
  • Pasadena Chalk Festival

    Paseo Colorado
    Held the third weekend in June, you can view hundreds of colorful chalk murals while enjoying live music, shopping and children's activities at Paseo Colorado.
    South food nearby
  • Carmela Ice Cream

    Carmela Ice Cream

    2495 East Washington Boulevard
    Washington Blvd. and N. Altadena Dr.). $3.50/Scoope. Easily the best ice cream spot in and around Pasadena. This small artisan ice cream and sorbet maker uses local farmers market produce and organic dairies to create unique flavors, such as Salted Caramel, Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean, Lavender Honey, Lemon Basil Sorbet, and Cucumber Sorbet. Ice cream and sorbet-making classes available too. Must try.
    East Central
  • Starbucks

    475 Foothill Blvd
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
    North Arroyo
  • Houston's


    320 S Arroyo Pkwy
  • Starbucks

    575 S Lake Ave
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
  • Jones Coffee Roasters

    693 S Raymond Ave
    Raymond Ave. and E. California Blvd.). A great local coffee house that roasts its own beans on site! It is situated in an obscure but tastefully decorated warehouse. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and owners. On unspecified days they even have homemade tamales for sale.
  • El Arco Iris

    5684 York Blvd
    , Highland Park. Good Mexican food and margaritas in one of LA’s oldest neighborhoods.
    Eagle Rock
  • Mijares Mexican Restaurant

    145 Palmetto Drive - Palmetto and Pasadena Avenue
    Pasadena's oldest restaurant is it's best kept secret! A local favorite, this restaurant and bar serves delicious mexican cuisine in a delightful, family-style setting.
    South Arroyo
  • Gamble House

    Gamble House

    4 Westmoreland Pl
    The Gamble House, also known as David B. Gamble House, is a National Historic Landmark, a California Historical Landmark, and museum in Pasadena, California, USA. It was designed by brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene of the architectural firm Greene and Greene, and constructed 1908–09 as a home for David B. Gamble of the Procter & Gamble company.
    North Arroyo restaurants nearby
  • Wild Thyme

    Fair Oaks
  • Fu Shing Restaurant

    2960 E Colorado Blvd
    Chinese food - try the sweet and pungent shrimp.
    East Central
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Pasadena uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.