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Pasadena Transit

Pasadena Transit is a local bus system that provides a convenient mode of travel within city limits to points of interest such as Gamble House, Rose Bowl Stadium and South Lake Avenue Shopping District. Each ride costs 75 cents.

Shopping in one of Pasadena’s Premier Districts (non-ticketed activity)

Pasadena truly is a pedestrian-friendly city. Visitors can stroll along beautiful tree-lined South Lake Avenue, known as Pasadena’s premier shopping district, while an eclectic mix of antique stores, galleries and specialty shops can be found in the Playhouse District. Old Pasadena, a 22-block historical area featuring 19th century structures and quaint alleyways, is one of Southern California’s hottest main-street entertainment districts. With 200 specialty shops, antique havens, boutiques, bistros and entertainment venues, Old Pasadena offers something for everyone. Paseo Colorado is Pasadena’s three-block open-air urban village. With its Mediterranean architecture, lush pedestrian promenades, courtyards and terraces, Paseo Colorado is anchored by ArcLight Pasadena Cinemas and Equinox Fitness Club. Its distinct specialty retail shops and restaurants include West Elm, BCBG Max Azria, Tommy Bahama, the Yard House, and P.F. Chang’s.

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California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
00+1+323-724-3623
http://californiasciencecenter.org/

Open Daily: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm PST
Admission: Free
14 miles away

The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Help support our mission to inspire science learning in everyone!

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
00+1+626-449-6840
http://nortonsimon.org/

Open Fridays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm PST
Admission: Adults - $12 USD
1.3 miles away

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a thirty-year period 20th-century industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Among the most celebrated works he collected are Branchini Madonna, 1427, by Giovanni di Paolo; Madonna and Child with Book, c. 1502-03, by Raphael; Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633, by Francisco de Zurbarán; Portrait of a Boy, c. 1655-60, by Rembrandt van Rijn; Mulberry Tree, 1889, by Vincent van Gogh; Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-81, by Edgar Degas; and Woman with a Book, 1932, by Pablo Picasso. Highlights from the Asian collection include the bronze sculptures Buddha Shakyamuni, c. 550, India: Bihar, Gupta period, and Shiva as King of Dance, c. 1000, India: Tamil Nadu; and the gilt bronze Indra, 13th century, Nepal.

USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
00+1+626-449-2742
http://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/

Open Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm PST
Admission: $10 USD
.3 miles away

Established in 1971, the museum is one of a few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, serving the city of Los Angeles and the Greater Southern California region. The museum’s mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
00+1+626-568-3665
http://pmcaonline.org

Open Wednesday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00 pm PST
Admission: $7 USD
.4 miles away

The mission of the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is to present the breadth of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California. Informed by the state’s rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media.

Huntington Library
151 Oxford Road,
San Marino, CA 91108
00+1+626-405-2100
http://www.huntington.org/

Open Fridays: 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm PST
Admission: $23 USD
2.6 miles away

A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California. Huntington was also a man of vision – with a special interest in books, art, and gardens. During his lifetime, he amassed the core of one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection, and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe. These three distinct facets of The Huntington are linked by a devotion to research, education, and beauty.

Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 North Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
00+1+626-449-9144
http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/kidspace-mission#

Open Tuesday – Friday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm PST
Admission: $13 USD
2.6 miles away

The mission of Kidspace Children's Museum is nurturing the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become joyful, active learners. An incredible seed bed of learning and discovery, the purpose of a children’s museum is to inspire children to learn and grow, equip parents and teachers, and to be a safe place where learners of all abilities can do so at their own pace and focus on topics of interest to them. This is often referred to as “Free Range Learning.” What makes us different from a school is our approach to informal education. We believe in giving our guests hands-on experiences that are relevant and inspiring.

Pasadena Museum of History
470 West Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
00+1+626-577-1660
http://pasadenahistory.org/

Open Wednesday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST
Admission: $7 USD
1.6 miles away

PMH was founded as Pasadena Historical Society in 1924, just 50 years after the first members of the Indiana Colony settled along the banks of the Arroyo Seco. The original mission, which remains essentially unchanged today, was to collect, preserve, and exhibit materials that documented the founding and early history of the city. This was an ambitious, forward-looking mission statement in 1924, when the collections filled just one filing cabinet!

The museum’s collection got its first real home in 1932 in a room specifically designed for it as part of the new Civic Auditorium. By 1958, it had outgrown that space, so it was moved to the Pasadena Public Library, where it was staffed by its own volunteers.

Since 1970, thanks to a generous gift from the Paloheimo family, the Museum has been headquartered on the two-acre grounds of the Fenyes Estate, a Pasadena Cultural Landmark that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place,
Pasadena, CA 91103
00+1+626-793-3334
http://gamblehouse.org/

General Tour Schedule:
Thursday & Friday – 11:30am – 3:00pm | Saturday & Sunday – 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Summer General Tour Schedule: June, July, August
Thursday & Friday & Saturday – 11:00am – 3:00pm | Sunday – 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Admission: $15
1.5 Miles Away

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company.

The house, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California.

Rose Bowl Stadium Tours
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
00+1+626-437-8558
http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/tours
2.6 miles away

Admission: $17.50 USD

Tours typically last for an hour and a half, and will include a visit to the Original 1922 Locker Room, UCLA Locker Room, Playing Field, Press Box, Luxury Suites, Court of Champions and more!

Disneyland
1150 W. Magic Way
Annaheim, CA 92802
00+1+714-781-4636
https://disneyland.disney.go.com/
30 miles away

Admission Price: Please visit website for current rates

Pasadena Restaurants

Parkway Grill
Innovative Regional American Cuisine
510 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105
00+1+626-795-1001
http://www.theparkwaygrill.com/
0.5 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

Arroyo Chop House
A modern take on the classic American steakhouse
536 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105
00+1+626-577-1089
http://www.arroyochophouse.com/
0.5 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

Smitty’s Grill
American comfort food at its best
110 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
00+1+626-792-9999
http://www.smittysgrill.com/
0.9 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
369 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/pasadena
00+1+626-583-8122
0.2 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

Mijares
Mexican food
145 Palmetto Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91105
http://mijaresrestaurant.com/
00+1+626-792-2763
0.2 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

El Cholo Café
Mexican food
300 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
http://elcholopasadena.com/
00+1+626-795-5800
433 feet from the Pasadena Convention Center

Porto Alegre Churrascaria
Brazilian Steakhouse
260 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
http://portoalegre-churrascaria.com/
00+1+626-744-0555
243 feet from the Pasadena Convention Center

Tokyo Wako
Japanese Table Cooking
330 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 239
Pasadena CA 91101
http://www.tokyo-wako.com/
00+1+626-440-0670
0.1 mile from the Pasadena Convention Center

Green Street Restaurant
California Cuisine
146 Shoppers Ln
Pasadena, CA 91101
http://greenstreetrestaurant.com/
00+1+626-577-7170
0.9 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

Mi Piace
Italian Kitchen
25 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
http://mipiace.com/
00+1+626-795-3131
0.4 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

Celestino Pasadena
Authentic Italian Cuisine
141 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
http://celestinopasadena.com/
00+1+626-795-4006
0.9 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

Sushi Roku
33 Miller Alley
Pasadena, CA 91103
http://www.innovativedining.com/restaurants/sushiroku
00+1+626-683-3000
0.6 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center

For Information on Pasadena Group Walking Tours, please visit http://pasadenaheritage.org/walking-tours/