Pasadena, Los Angeles and Beyond offer a wide range of distractions, through family events, amusement parks, zoos and aquariums, gardens, museums, entertainments and outdoor activities.
General Information about Los Angeles and Pasadena
Lonely Planet offers an overview of Los Angeles as a starting point to exploring the L.A. area.
The Rose Parade. Pasadena's most famous, annual event is the New Year's Day Rose Parade, which can be viewed along Colorado Boulevard or on television.
Libraries. There are libraries on the Caltech campus and in Pasadena.
Caltech libraries are available to Caltech and JPL students and scholars, including family members. There is a large choice of sciences books, also movies and fiction books.
Local libraries allow you to borrow books, eBooks, DVDs, and audio CD's at no cost. Libraries offer free, weekly story times for children ages 6 months and older.
Pasadena Central Library
Pasadena Hill Avenue Branch Library
South Pasadena Library
Children's activities and family events in and around Pasadena
Zoos and Aquariums
Museums. Most museums charge an admission fee or require a donation. An annual membership may be a cheaper option (and tax deductible).
In Pasadena. There are many art museums. Below are some very famous.
In Los Angeles. For a complete list of museums per category: click here. Below are the famous ones.
Miracle Mile, on Wilshire Boulevard, is home to many institutions worth visiting.
American Culture and Heritage
Science, Natural History and History Museums
Entertainment and Shows
Shows and Opera
Usually, if you buy tickets in advance (1-2 months), you can go for example to the opera and have a good seat for $20/person
Pasadena and around offer a comprehensive range of outdoor activities, for everyone tastes and all ages.
Hiking trails in the Angeles National Forest, California State Parks and the National Park Service. Each park system has its own reservation process and some have entrance fees. An annual membership is usually beneficial if you are going to visit multiple national parks in one year. The National Park Reservations is usually booked far in advance.
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