Pasadena, California

Pasadena, incorporated in 1886, is a city in Los Angeles County with a population of nearly 140,000, making it the ninth largest city in the county. Pasadena is ten miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles and is a major employment center. Glendale and Eagle Rock are to the west, Altadena, La Canada-Flintridge, and the Angeles National Forest are to the north, Sierra Madre and Arcadia are to the east, and South Pasadena and San Marino are to the south. Highland Park is to the southwest. Pasadena is in the San Gabriel Valley.

 

Arroyo Seco

The Arroyo Seco is a 24.9 mile long seasonal river in Los Angeles County that starts in the Angeles National Forest near Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Pasadena. The river flows between La Canada-Flintridge on the west and Altadena on the east, through Pasadena south to the Los Angeles River. The Tongva People lived along the Arroyo Seco for thousands of years before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico.

 

Colorado Street Bridge - Pasadena

The Colorado Street Bridge, built in 1913, is a historic concrete arch bridge that spans the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, California. The bridge spans 1,486 feet and is known for its Beaux Arts arches, railings, and light standards. It carries Colorado Boulevard which connects Eagle Rock and Glendale on the west to Arcadia and Monrovia to the east. The Colorado Street Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

 

Pasadena Historical Society

Pasadena Museum of History

The Pasadena Historical Society is located in a historic 1905 mansion containing antique furnishings and exhibits that include photographs and artifacts of early Pasadena, California. The Pasadena Historical Society is located at 470 W. Walnut Street if Pasadena which is the location of the Pasadena Museum of History. The museum offers numerous exhibits, docent led tours, a store, and more. It is definitely worth visiting.

 

Playhouse District - Pasadena

The Playhouse District is a neighborhood in Pasadena, California that is home to the world famous Pasadena Playhouse, that opened in 1924, and the Ice House which is a well-known and popular comedy club that opened in 1960. The Pacific Asia Museum, the Technique at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and the Fuller Technological Seminary are also located within the Playhouse District.

 

Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse is a beautiful 686 seat historic performing arts venue founded in 1924 in Pasadena, California. Performers have included Charles Bronson, Raymond Burr, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Lloyd Nolan, Tyrone Power, George Reeves, Robert Taylor, and Robert Young.

 

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Pasadena Conference Center

The Pasadena Conference Center consists of three buildings owned by the City of Pasadena. The Pasadena Civic Auditorium, built in 1931, is a 3,029 seat theater that hosts musicals, concerts, and operas. The Exhibition Building is a 31,200 square foot facility that provides exhibit space and seating for up to 4,400 people. The Conference Building, consisting of 28,000 square feet, has twenty meeting rooms.

 

Lower Arroyo Seco Historic District

The Lower Arroyo Seco Historic District is a residential district in Pasadena consisting of 78 homes that were influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Homes in the historic district were constructed from 1875 through 1924.

 

Annandale Golf Club

The Annandale Golf Club was established in 1906 by several prominent members of the Pasadena community including Henry Huntington and George Patton Sr., father of the famous American General. The 18 hole course was designed by William Watson, William P. Bell, and Brian Silva. The private club is first class in every respect. It serves the
communities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, La Canada-Flintridge, and Sierra Madre.

 

Eaton Canyon Golf Course

Eaton Canyon Golf Course, developed in 1962, is a public golf course located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains on the north side of Pasadena. It is maintained and operated by the County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation System's Golf Division.

 

Brookside Park

Brookside Park is a 62 acre regional park located in Pasadena which is in Los Angeles County and the west San Gabriel Valley. The park is in the central section of the Arroyo Seco and features fitness trails, five tennis courts, three baseball fields, two soccer fields, a football field, children's play areas, bleachers, restrooms, picnic areas, and lots of green open space with mature shade trees. Brookside Park is also home to Kidspace Children's Museum. It is a great place to visit.

 

Arlington Garden - Pasadena

Arlington Garden is the only dedicated public garden in Pasadena. The beautiful preserve is home to more than 350 trees and thousands of plants from various parts of the world and is an important habitat for birds and other small animals. The garden contains an amphitheater, walking paths, benches, and several sculptures. Arlington Garden is open to the public every day free of charge. Located at the corner of Arlington Drive and Pasadena Avenue, the open space preserve is a great and convenient place to visit.

 

Hahamonga Watershed Park

Oak Grove Park

The Hahamonga Watershed Park, also.referred to as the Oak Grove Park, is a 1,300 acre regional park located in Pasadena at the base of Arroyo Seco Canyon, north of Devil's Gate Dam and west of La Canada-Flintridge. The main entrance is located off of Oak Grove Drive. The park includes extensive hiking and bicycle trails, equestrian staging facilities, an 18 hole disc golf course, picnic areas, and restrooms. The park provides magnificent views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest.

 

General Farnsworth Park

Charles S. Farnsworth County Park

Originally named Altadena Park, this beautiful park is located at the far north end of Lake Avenue, north of Pasadena, in Altadena. The park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers fantastic views of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful two-story stone community building was completed in 1934. It is used as a banquet facility and venue for weddings and other social events. The county owned park also has an outdoor amphitheater that is used for concerts and plays. In 1939 the park was named after General Charles S. Farnsworth who was instrumental in designing and creating the park.

 

Kidspace Children's Museum

Kidspace Children's Museum, established in 1979, located in Pasadena, is designed for children up to twelve years of age. The museum is located in Brookside Park within the Arroyo Seco, south of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Memberships are available and there is a great store offering educational items for children.

 

Central Park

Central Park is a 9.2 acre community park located at 275 South Raymond Avenue near Old Town Pasadena. The beautiful park features tennis, lawn bowling, horseshoe pits, a children's play area, restrooms, and lots of green open space with mature shade trees.

 

Hamilton Park

Hamilton Park is a 6.4 acre park in Pasadena that features a basketball court, two tennis courts, three baseball diamonds, soccer, football, picnic areas, children's play equipment, restrooms, and lots of green open space and shade trees.

 

Levitt Pavilion Free Concert

Every year the City of Pasadena sponsors 50 free concerts under the stars at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena Memorial Park near Old Town. Concerts include Americana, Latin,
Jazz, and Children's presentations. The price is right and the concerts are excellent. Bring your own folding chairs or blankets.

 

Old Town Pasadena

Old Town Pasadena, also commonly referred to locally as Old Town, is a historic district and major tourist attraction in Pasadena, California. Old Town is the main business district in Pasadena. It offers restaurants including outdoor cafes, entertainment, unique stores, museums, galleries, movies, music events, and much more. Old Town Pasadena is a great place to visit for the entire family.

 

Pasadena Antique Center and Annex

The Pasadena Antique Center and Annex consists of more than 130 separate antique dealers operating in 33,000 square feet since 1976. It is located at 444 and 480 S. Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena between W. Del Mar Boulevard and W. California Boulevard. The selection of antiques and collectibles is amazing and the prices are reasonable. The Pasadena Antique Center and Annex is within walking distance of the Pasadena Antique Mall.

 

Pasadena Antique Mall

The Pasadena Antique Mall is a large mall consisting of hundreds of antiques and collectibles at bargain prices. The mall is located at 309 E. Green Street which is within walking distance to the Pasadena Antique Center and Annex. The mall is an excellent place to find unique gifts.

 

Old Pasadena Film Festival

The Old Pasadena Film Festival is a month long, annual event usually held in July. The screenings are free and open to the public. The Old Pasadena Film Festival is the largest open-air screen festival in California and is held at several locations in Pasadena, all of which are within easy walking distance of each other.

 

Pacific Asia Museum

USC Pacific Asia Museum

The USC Pacific Asia Museum is an Asian art museum located in Pasadena which is in Los Angeles County, northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The museum, which was founded in 1971, houses more than 15,000 Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, and other items of art from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. The building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1926 and was designed in the style of a Chinese imperial palace. It features a small pool, garden, and unique carvings. The museum is definitely worth visiting.

 

Brookside Golf Course

Brookside Golf Course, a private club in Pasadena established in 1942, consists of two courses, the longer C.W. Koiner Course and the shorter E.O. Nay Course. Both courses were designed by William P. Bell and are divided by the Arroyo Seco. Brookside Golf Course offers two putting greens, a chipping area, a driving range, a restaurant, several meeting rooms, a banquet facility, and a pro shop.

 

Rose Parade

The world famous Rose Parade is a New Year's Day celebration held in Pasadena, California each year. It was organized by Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club and was first held on January 1, 1890. The parade is held on January first of each year unless it falls on a Sunday. In that case, the parade is held the following day. Local tradition has it that the organizers made an agreement with the Lord; they would never hold the parade on a Sunday and He wouldn't let it rain on the Rose Parade. The festival includes flowercovered floats, equestrians, and marching bands. The parade is broadcast all over the world and is heavily attended every year.

Pasadena Tournament of Roses

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is the non-profit organization that has produced the Pasadena Rose Parade since 1890 and the Rose Bowl game since 1902. The organization has nearly one thousand volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to stage the events.

 

Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens

The Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens is the headquarters for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, its staff and the more than one thousand volunteers who work year-round to organize the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. The elegant Italian Renaissance Mansion was built in 1906 by George W. Simpson to be use9 as his family residence; the property was then sold to William Wrigley in 1914, who purchased the adjoining land consisting of 4.5 acres in order to develop the famous gardens. The magnificent three story, 18,500 square foot home has 21 rooms. It was presented as a gift to the City of Pasadena in 1958 for the exclusive use of the Tournament of Roses Association.

 

Rose Bowl Stadium

The Rose Bowl, located in Pasadena, California is the 18th largest stadium in the world and one of the best known. The stadium was built in 1922 and has a capacity of 92,542. The stadium is host to the annual Rose Bowl Game and is the home stadium of the UCLA Bruins, football team. The stadium has hosted numerous Super Bowl games and many other major events. The Rose Bowl Stadium and the adjacent Brookside Golf and Country cIub are owned by the City of Pasadena. The Rose Bowl is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and is listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places.

 

Rose Bowl Game

The Rose Bowl Game is the annual American college football game usually played on New Year's Day at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The Rose Bowl Game is the oldest bowl game in the United States having been first played in 1902 at Tournament Park located at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

 

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is a non-profit organization founded in Pasadena, California in 1990. Located in Brookside Park, just south of the Rose Bowl Stadium, this world-class aquatics facility offers year-round aquatic and fitness programming for children, adults, and families. The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center offers two Olympic pools, a therapy pool, swimming lessons, swimming teams, water polo, special needs programs, diving lessons, water aerobics, overall fitness training, and a clubhouse. The clubhouse offer lockers, showers, restrooms, a restaurant, conference rooms, and excellent views of Brookside Park and the Rose Bowl Stadium.

 

Pasadena Central Public Library

The Pasadena Central Public Library is a 110,000 square foot full-service library established in 1927 at 285 East Walnut Street in Pasadena, California. Services include computers, extensive research materials, an auditorium that seats 142, meeting rooms, a children's area, a teen area, and an adult area. Pasadena also supports nine branch
libraries located throughout the city.

 

Henninger Flats Trail and Campground

Henninger Flats Trail is a 5.8 mile out and back trail just north of Pasadena in the San Gabriel Mountains. The trail leads to Hunninger Flats Campground and offers great vieWs of the western San Gabriel Valley and parts of Los Angeles.

 

San Gabriel Wilderness

The San Gabriel Wilderness is a wilderness area established by the U.S. Forest Service in 1968. The 36,118 acre area is located within the Angeles National Forest on the southern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains and north of the San Gabriel Valley. The closest city is Pasadena which is to the south. Bear Creek Trail, Mt. Waterman Trail, and Devil's Canyon Trail all provide access.

 

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