Pasadena is a city in California, northeast of downtown Los Angeles. In the center, Old Pasadena is my favorite shopping and dining district in L.A. Next to shopping, I love swimming at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. Here are some of my best things to do in Pasadena.
1. Old Town Pasadena
I fell in love with Old Town Pasadena the first time I went there with my friends to eat at a restaurant. It somehow reminded me of a small European town, especially Colorado Boulevard with its many shops and restaurants housed in Victorian and art-deco buildings. With some of my favorite clothing brands like Eileen Fisher and Patagonia, and restaurants like Le Pain Quotidien and The Cheesecake Factory, it continues to be my favorite shopping and eating place in Los Angeles.
2. Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl is an outdoor athletic stadium in Pasadena among the San Gabriel mountains. Whenever I am in L.A., I am a frequent visitor at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. With two Olympic size pools (one heated), an outside jacuzzi and a nice little cafe which makes great after-swim smoothies, I love going there. If I am on an extended stay in the U.S., I usually take a month's pass that costs me $70.
3. Huntington Gardens
The Huntington Gardens are spread over 120 acres of specialized botanical landscaped gardens and include a ‘Japanese Garden’, a ‘Chinese Garden’ and a ‘Desert Garden’. Breathtakingly spectacular, me and my friend spent many hours wandering around the gardens, the last time I was there. You can also visit the Huntington Library and view Art Collections from 18th and 19th century European art, as well as 17th-20th century American art. The Gardens are open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays, and the admission fees for adults is $23 per person on weekdays and $25 on weekends. Members can take one guest free of charge.
Some of the other places I still need to visit in Pasadena are the Pasadena City Hall, Eaton Canyon Falls, Pasadena Playhouse, Brookside Park and Norton Simon Museum.