- Our list of the best things to do in Pasadena, California, features the top 1218 nearby activities — including 433 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Pasadena, CA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Entertainment & Shows, Amusement, and Sports & Fitness.
- The results below include the top 30 things to do within the city of Pasadena, CA , followed by 1187 popular activities in nearby cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Glendale, Whittier, Burbank, Cerritos, Lakewood, Arcadia, Buena Park, Fullerton, Culver City, La Habra, Azusa, Carson, Claremont, Altadena, Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Covina, El Monte, West Covina, Norwalk, Monterey Park, Glendora, South Pasadena, Brea, Bellflower, Pomona, San Dimas, Walnut, Montebello, La Mirada, Hawthorne, Downey, Torrance, Cypress, Gardena, Inglewood, Monrovia, Alhambra, Paramount, Diamond Bar, Lawndale, Huntington Park, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Placentia, Baldwin Park, La Puente, La Verne, South Gate, Hacienda Heights, Pico Rivera, Temple City, Rowland Heights, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Compton, Chino Hills, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Woodland Hills, Malibu, Simi Valley, Westwood, East Los Angeles, Whittier and Palmdale
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Wine and Canvas Los Angeles Los Angeles MoreLess Info
Local artists guide participants through a painting class as they enjoy wine or cold beer
98% 1466 votes
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA, Pasadena, CA 91108 MoreLess Info
A multi-purpose cultural center, Huntington Library & Gardens offers activities for all ages to enjoy. Along with an impressive book and art collection, there is a botanical garden with a variety of flowers, trees and shrubs.
98% 736 votes
4 Westmoreland Place at Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91103 MoreLess Info
A major attraction for fans of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the American Arts and Crafts Movement, The Gamble House is a Pasadena institution and important architectural museum. It offers public tours, lectures and workshops.
96% 1219 votes
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105 MoreLess Info
Norton Simon Museum has a big collection of European sculpure and paintings. Modern and Contemporary Art from both Europe and the United States.
91% 177 votes
391 South Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91184 MoreLess Info
Taking place in the New Year, the Tournament of Roses Association puts on a grand parade complete with marching bands, floats, horses and more. A popular event that lasts around 2 hours.
95% 87 votes
Arlington Drive and S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 MoreLess Info
Arlington Garden is unique among the open public gardens in Pasadena. It hosts a variety of birds animals, and it is open all year for visiting at no charge.
3352 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 MoreLess Info
Each theatrical season, A Noise Within Theatre organizes over 5 annual productions of plays and musicals, including a Christmas show during the holidays. The theater also hosts acting classes for guests of all ages and skill levels.
97% 72 votes
1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125 MoreLess Info
One of the state's most revered educational institutions, the California Institute of Technology is located in Pasadena. Its roster of respected programs includes electrical engineering, physics, applied mathematics and mechanical engineering.
87% 924 votes
Bounded by Pasadena, Fair Oaks, Raymond Aves., Arroyo Pkwy., Del Mar Blvd., and Corson St., Pasadena, CA MoreLess Info
The region of Pasadena called 'Old Pasadena' is the most historical section of the city. It is full of clothing shops, shoe boutiques, sidewalk restaurants and other interesting establishments. It is a beautiful destination for jogging and walking when the weather is warm and balmy - and it usually is.
86% 313 votes
Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105 MoreLess Info
Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard is a historical thoroughfare that forms part of the route taken by the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The Boulevard has been largely supplanted by the freeway system but remains popular for local traffic.
82% 1038 votes
42 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103 MoreLess Info
iPic Theater not only offers first-run movie screenings, but it also offers seasonal movie viewings throughout the year. The location offers food, cocktails, and free popcorn for moviegoers to enjoy.