Pasadena is a great town. The community is friendly, and there are plenty of things to do. As one of the hot spots in greater Los Angeles, finding a Pasadena car rental and spending the day exploring all the sights is a great experience. You probably know that Pasadena is the home of the famous Rose Parade. Beautiful floats and marching bands to celebrate the new year. After the Rose Parade comes the Rose Bowl where the best college football teams face off for the title. Read on for a list of the best things to do in Pasadena.
The Rose Parade
As mentioned, the Rose Parade is the most famous attraction in Pasadena. If you want to watch you have a couple of choices. You can camp out overnight. This is fun if you’re still young at heart, and don’t mind the cold weather during this time of year. The better option is to purchase seats in the grandstands on Colorado Ave. You can get tickets through Sharp Ticketing Company.
The Gamble House
If you’re not going to be getting your Pasadena car rental when the Rose Parade is being held, there are plenty of options year-round. The Gamble House is just a five-minute drive from old town. Fans of the Back to the Future movie trilogy will recognize it as Doc Brown’s home. This building was built in the 20th century, and is a masterpiece of arts and crafts. You can get your tickets online for the one-hour tour, children 12 and under are free with paying adults. Once you’ve enjoyed the sights in the Gamble House you can drive around the neighborhood to see other homes designed by Greene and Greene.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
A great next stop after the Gamble House, the Kidspace Children’s Museum is just a two-minute drive away. The Museum features exhibits that focus on interactive experiences for younger children. The Arroyo Adventure focuses on connecting kids with nature. A trip to the EC Learning Center will create wonder and stimulate exploration. This place is a blast for kids that can last all day.
Eaton Canyon Falls
A great childhood playground, Eaton Canyon Falls is a beautiful foray into nature. It’s a bit difficult of a hike because you’ve got to cross streams to get there. Your children 5 or older can manage this hike with you. This is a good attraction year-round because even in December and January, the temperature is between 65-70 usually. If you plan to make this hike, you’ll want to park your Pasadena car rental up the trail, near the Henninger Flats Museum.
Old town is full of great spots to eat. The Euro Pane Bakery is a great spot for breakfast and lunch. Their Eggs Benedict are to die for, and any people swear they’ve got the best Macarons in L.A. Another lunch option is the El Taquito Mexicano Truck. Their authentic Mexican food is something you’ll remember forever. After that you can swing by Amara Chocolate & Coffee where they’ve got churros dipped in chocolate sauce you won’t want to miss. And to wrap it up for dinner, there’s the world class Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung. It’ll take you about 15 minutes to drive over to Arcadia in your Pasadena car rental. Most of their menu is great, but their soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, are highly recommended. Other options, particularly kid-friendly American food include Slater’s 50/50, and Dog Haus.
There’s a lot to do in Pasadena, and this article only scratches the surface of entertainment, so hop in your Pasadena car rental, and start exploring!