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Best Outdoor Activities in Pasadena

best outdoor activities in pasadena

Best Outdoor Activities in Pasadena

While Pasadena boasts the best in shopping, dining and entertainment, it also has endless opportunities to spend time outdoors. Whehter you’re traveling to Pasadena for the weekend, or just looking for something new to explore today, you’ll find the best outdoor activities here.

Eaton Canyon Natural Area. One of the most popular hikes in the Los Angeles area, you can hike to the waterfall in just under 2 hours. The waterfall is stunning and the hike is beautiful, so get there early and spend a morning in nature.

Arlington Garden. Founded in 2005, it was formerly the site of the Durand Mansion (the largest mansion in Southern California) when the house was razed in 1962. It is now home to hundreds of trees, native and drought tolerant Mediterranean climate appropriate plants.

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The Arboretum is home to plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species. The garden also is the site of historical architectural landmarks representative of major phases of California history. The Arboretum hosts several events each week for adults and kids. 

California Institute of Technology. While Caltech attracts some of the greatest minds in the world, it also serves as an architectural treasure with kid friendly ponds. The 124-acre campus boasts several architectural styles, which you can learn more about on a tour. The turtle pond houses hundreds of turtles and fish which on any given day, you’ll see basking in the sun as toddlers giggle with excitement.

Huntington Library, Art Museum, & Botanical Gardens. The Huntington as locals call it is one of the most spectacular gardens, museums, and library you’ll ever experience. Encompassing about 120 acres, the botanical gardens feature 16 stunning themed gardens including Camelia, Children’s, Jungle, Rose and Shakespeare. Bring your walking shoes and spend a leisurely day on the expansive property. 

Pasadena Roving Archers. If you’re thinking about starting a new hobby, may we suggest archery? Pasadena Roving Archers provide archery instruction in the Lower Arroyo on Saturdays and public archery tournaments on Sundays. They also offer lessons to groups so you make it into a fun family activity. 



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