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The 9th largest city in Los Angeles County, California , Pasadena is a haven for visitors who enjoy sports, the arts, or the sciences. The city is known for many things; from the annual Rose Bowl football game to the California Institute of Technology, there are numerous landmarks that make Pasadena a great vacation spot for the entire family. The Southern Californian city is also known for the Tournament of Roses Parade, an annual event held since 1890 to showcase creative floats made with flowers and greenery.

Founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, The Huntington Library and Gardens is an ode to the three things Henry loved: books, art, and gardens. The art collection is scattered throughout three galleries on the Huntington grounds, and it is one of the most comprehensive collections with 18th to 19th century British, French, and American art.

After viewing the marvelous pieces on display, visitors can then wander into the 120-acre botanical gardens that have an ever-changing exhibition of color – Henry H. started the garden with an array of plants from around the world, and visitors can now see them in the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, or the Chinese Garden. Read more Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, 626-405-2100

If you are looking for an authentic historic downtown experience, Old Pasadena will not disappoint. The diverse city is ten miles from downtown LA and is filled with numerous activities for adults and kids; museums, galleries, movies, restaurants, and shopping are abundant in the area.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the many scheduled musical and outdoor events that occur throughout the year such as the Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour or one of the many street exhibitions. Combining old world charm and modern convenience, visitors can shop in a combination of over 200 specialty boutiques or national retailers.

The Colorado Street Bridge holds a lot of Pasadena history; here, visitors will be admiring what was once the highest concrete bridge in the world (1913). The Arroyo Seco flowing below proved to be rather difficult to travel for people going between Pasadena and Los Angeles , and building a stable bridge on it proved even more difficult due to the wet arroyo bed.

Engineer extraordinaire John Drake Mercereau conceived a brilliant plan, and soon the bridge, with its ornate arches and railings, was up and running. Since then the bridge has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, closed as a precautionary measure, and renovated and reopened (1993).

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Located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Eaton Canyon Nature Center is a great place to spend the day immersed in nature; visitors of all ages can come explore the 7,600 square-foot building and the surrounding 190 acres of zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve that it sits on.

Explore the streams, rocks and minerals, native plants, habitats, and the wildlife in the surrounding area. The center itself is filled with fascinating exhibits and displays, as well as live animals. Visitors can also enjoy hiking and equestrian trails, and there is a staging area and picnic area available for use. Tours and scheduled walks are also available. Address: 1750 N. Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107, 626-398-5420

Built in 1922, the Rose Bowl Stadium is a National Historic Landmark as well as a Pasadena icon. Having recently undergone a $164.5 million renovation, the Rose Bowl Stadium maintains the overall look and feel of the old stadium while benefitting from much-needed improvements such as a new press box, wider tunnels, and restoration of the field hedge.

Visitors can attend a variety of events at the stadium, which is famed for the Tournament of Roses Football Game, and you can also attend celebrations, religious services, as well as the world's largest flea market. There are guided tours of the stadium so visitors can experience countless historic moments in US sports history. Address: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-577-3100

Former home of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., the Tournament House is the operating headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the organization that oversees the annual Rose Bowl Game and Rose Parade. Visitors can tour the grandiose Italian-Renaissance-style mansion's 21 richly paneled rooms, the ornate molded plaster ceilings, and the beautiful inlaid marble floors.

The mansion is filled with displays on former Rose Bowl games, Rose Queens and Royal Courts, and various other objects. Surrounding the mansion are the four-and-a-half acre Wrigley Gardens, a floral display of over 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias, and annuals. Address: 391 South Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91184, 626-449-4100

Pasadena's only dedicated public garden, Arlington Garden is an open urban space that invites visitors to unwind and explore the three-acre garden. They can spend a day with family and friends exploring the cactus gardens and Italian-style olive allées down winding paths, and students, artists, and photographers are also invited to find inspiration in the breathtaking garden.

The garden is home to a variety of rare and endangered California-native plant species, some of which include the San Diego ambrosia, rainbow manzanita, and the bush anemone. Visitors can bring a picnic to share on the picnic tables hidden in alcoves or a book to read under the shade in the orange grove.

The motto of Foody Field Trips is “Eat. Drink. Discover.”, which is the basis for their business. They offer private or group guided tours around the Pasadena area that will introduce you to the local flavor. Private tours are popular for events like bridal showers, birthday parties, and corporate events.

A group tour through Pasadena will include more than 20 tastings at six different locations in the San Gabriel valley. It is a three and a half hour walking tour beginning at 9:45am. Also included in the package is a reusable Foody Field Trips tote bag.

After years of selling their artisan ice cream at farmers markets, owners Zachary Cox and Jessica Mortariotti finally opened a brick and mortar location in 2011. As you enter the small Pasadena creamery, you are greeted with a beautiful trio of crystal chandeliers, and a simple decor. Flavors of the day are handwritten on a blackboard, and can be served in a cup, a cone or as an ice cream sandwich.

The most popular flavor by far is salted caramel, but other delicious and inventive flavors include lavender honey, strawberry buttermilk, and cucumber sorbet. Their ice cream is made with organic dairy, and seasonal farmers market produce as well as spices, herbs, nuts and flowers.

Visitors looking to cool off on a hot summer day need look no further than the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, which has been providing over 35 years of family fun entertainment to residents and visitors of Pasadena. Open to the public, the ice rink provides tons of fun for people of all ages and skill levels.

The ice rink offers beginner classes and sports programs, as well as classes in advanced figure skating and ice hockey. There are also many in-house hockey leagues and figure skating clubs for adults and kids to participate in, and the ice rink schedules various games and events throughout the year. Address: 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-578-0800

Pasadena City College Flea Market

Usually, on the first Sunday of the month from 8 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, Pasadena City College hosts one of the largest flea markets in the Southland area. Admission is free, and you can always find food on site. There are over 500 exhibitors offering items for sale like tools, books, clothes, toys, and antiques. Founded in 1977, the market annually sponsors $30,000 in scholarships. It supports the college in other ways by providing jobs for students and financial support for other programs.

 

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