With fewer than 150,000 residents, Pasadena offers a small town feel. But it’s big on things to do and see. And with Los Angeles just a light rail ride away, you can enjoy the bustling city whenever you like.
Arts & Culture
Pasadena has a number of art museums and public galleries. The Norton Simon Museum houses modern and contemporary art, sculpture from Southern Asia, and European paintings, sculpture, and tapestry. Other museums include the Pacific Asia Museum and the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Brookside Park.
Throughout the year you can enjoy performances by the Pasadena Symphony, the Pasadena Pops, and the California Philharmonic or catch performing arts, lectures, films, classes, and entertainment events on the Caltech campus.
Historically significant architecture abounds in Pasadena. The Bungalow Heaven neighborhood showcases 800 small craftsman homes built from 1900 to 1930. There are also numerous estates featuring notable architecture, some of which can be seen at the Pasadena Museum of History.
Pasadena is also home to the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Rose Bowl football game, and many scientific institutions.
Dining & Entertainment
Downtown you’ll find Old Pasadena – 21 blocks of diverse shopping, dining, and nightclubbing opportunities. Also downtown is Paseo Colorado, an upscale outdoor shopping mall.
For something different, check out the Rose Bowl Flea Market, where thousands of dealers and hundreds of thousands of shoppers gather to sell and buy a variety of merchandise.