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Old Pasadena is one of the West Coast's most vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment destination districts, featuring an authentic downtown experience combined with all of the modern conveniences. Old Pasadena finds itself at the heart of a city that boasts mountain views, sun-drenched rose gardens, world-class cultural institutions, and beautifully authentic early 20th-Century architecture.

In and around Old Pasadena, visitors can discover a range of activities. From museums and historical landmarks to gardens and the world-famous Rose Bowl, there is always a variety of options for people of all ages!

While many of the following attractions are within Old Pasadena’s boundaries, others are just a short walk or drive away.

PASADENA TRADITIONS

Pasadena Heritage

Pasadena Heritage works to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena.  Walking tours of historic Old Pasadena are offered periodically throughout the year.  Call for details and to make your reservation.  

651 S. Saint John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

626.441.6333
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Tournament of Roses Parade

Headquartered in the Wrigley Mansion, the Tournament of Roses organizes the Rose Parade, which runs through the heart of Old Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard. First staged in 1890, the parade is now televised to millions of viewers around the world every New Year’s Day. 

391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91184

626.449.4100
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Rose Bowl Stadium

The Rose Bowl Stadium is home to the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Game, and hosts concerts by national musical acts, UCLA Bruins’ games, and other sporting events.

1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103

626.577.3101
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Rose Bowl Flea Market

The Rose Bowl Flea Market, a longstanding tradition, is held at the historic Rose Bowl stadium on the second Sunday of each month. More than 2,500 vendors and 20,000 buyers attend every month.

1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103

323.560.7469
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CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS & MUSEUMS

Armory Center for the Arts

Armory Center for the Arts is a community arts center that offers innovative approaches to creating, exploring, and presenting the visual arts. Visit ongoing contemporary art exhibitions, enjoy special events and performances, and sign up for classes throughout the year.

145 N. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

626.792.5101
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Kidspace Children's Museum

Kidspace Children's Museum features world-class exhibitions and 2.2 acres of outdoor learning environments to encourage children to discover the excitement of learning while engaging in the creativity of play.

480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103

626.449.9144
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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens is a research and educational center set amid 120 acres of breathtaking and diverse gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books, manuscripts, and decorative arts. The botanical collection features over 14,000 different species of plants.

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

626.405.2100
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Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts

Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts presents an annual summer series of free music concerts under the stars at the historic Memorial Park band shell in the heart of Old Pasadena.

85 N. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

626.683.3230
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Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum holds one of the world's finest and most prestigious collections of art and boasts a truly beautiful garden.

411 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105

626.449.6840
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Pacific Asia Museum

Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Built in 1924, the museum is temporarily closed for a seismic retrofit.

46 N. Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

626.449.2742
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Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Pasadena Civic Auditorium, dating from 1931, is one of the most revered performance halls in the nation, having hosted Broadway musicals, world-class ballet, and symphony orchestras, as well as the Prime Time Emmy Awards, and the People's Choice Awards.

300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

626.449.7360
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Pasadena Museum of California Art

Pasadena Museum of California Art is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present.

490 E. Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

626.568.3665
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Pasadena Museum of History

Pasadena Museum of History was founded in 1924 to preserve and share the rich history, art, and culture of Pasadena. The museum’s location features the 1905 Fenyes Mansion, as well as the Curtin House, a gracious French-style residence designed in 1915 by Sylvanus Marston; the Finnish Folk Art Museum, a building designed by Frederick Roehrig and adapted by Consul Paloheimo for use as a sauna/guest house; a Research Library; and the History Center Galleries.

470 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

626.577.1660
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Pasadena Playhouse

As one of the great institutions of the American theater since 1917, the Pasadena Playhouse features Tony and Pulitzer award-winning plays, as well as outreach and artistic programs.

39 S. El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

626.356.7529
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HISTORIC BUILDINGS

Castle Green

Castle Green, built in 1898, is one of Pasadena's great turn-of-the-century hotels, now repurposed for residential housing, filming, and events. Festive open houses are held in the spring and holiday season, allowing a fascinating peek into the homes of many residents.

99 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

626.793.2268
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Pasasdena City Hall

Pasadena City Hall is an exquisite 1927 landmark exhibiting Italian Renaissance and Spanish influences. Stroll under the rotunda and visit the interior courtyard fountain and arched breezeways.

100 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91199

626.744.4000
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The Gamble House

The Gamble House, completed in 1908, is the most complete and best-preserved work of American Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene. Docent tours are available.

4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103

626.793.3334
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Wrigley Mansion

Wrigley Mansion, the official home to the Tournament of Roses Association, was once owned by chewing-gum pioneer William Wrigley Jr. and is open to the public on Thursdays most of the year.

391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91184

626.449.4100
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