Check out the top things to do in Pasadena. From great shopping and entertainment, to the excitement of Los Angeles, endless activities surround you at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel. Explore our suggestions for some of the best things to do in Pasadena, including dining, culture, attractions and more.
Rose Bowl Stadium
Sports fans can enjoy any number of football events at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, including the annual college football bowl game and all UCLA Bruins Pac-12 home football games. For guests looking for other options, the stadium also offers a twice monthly Sunday flea market hosted in the parking lots year-round. Numerous other events are held at this historic location, including “Americafest”, a July 4th fireworks display for those visiting during Independence Day.
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Universal Studios Hollywood
Calling all thrill-seekers and movie buffs! Located just a few miles from Pasadena, Universal Studios Hollywood is a theme park and film studio of the United States’ oldest movie studio. Featuring a variety of rides for all different interests, the park offers everything from the classic Jurassic Park: The Ride to The Adventures of Curious George as well as numerous shopping and dining options. Additionally, those interested in the filmmaking aspect of the park can go on studio tours and experience behind the scenes views of famous Universal Studios sets. Fan of Transformers? Universal Studios has opened a 3D ride based on the blockbuster franchise!
100 Universal City Plaza
Dodger Stadium is home to the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team. April through October, fans of America’s pastime can watch the team play in the historic stadium. You might also have the opportunity to catch a headlining concert there, where greats like The Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band have performed.
1000 Elysian Park Ave
The Pasadena Playhouse
Experience one of the most memorable things to do in Pasadena. The Pasadena Playhouse has a rich and vibrant history dating back to 1917. More recently, The Playhouse has become a city staple and is instrumental in featuring new works as well as Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and musicals.
39 S. El Molino Avenue
Griffith Observatory is located just 14 miles from Pasadena on top of Griffith Park. The observatory boasts the best views of Los Angeles and the surrounding area or the most stunning star gazing. Planetarium shows are also available. Admission to the Observatory building and grounds is free.
2800 E Observatory Rd.
Old Town Pasadena
Before Pasadena became what it is today, Old Town Pasadena used to be the commercial center of the town. In 1980, the area became a historic district and has since been revitalized into one of the town’s most popular shopping and dining destinations. Twenty-two blocks feature over 100 restaurants and outdoor cafés, many of which still occupy original buildings. Old Town is a fun thing to do in Pasadena, especially during one of the area's many weekend events, including food and wine tasting tours, art showcases and charity benefits. Guests can enjoy free parking at two different garages available. Click here more information on Old Town Pasadena.
Norton Simon Museum
Displaying one of the world’s most impressive private collections, the Norton Simon Museum highlights European art ranging from the Renaissance to modern day, 2,000 years of South Asian art, and both modern and contemporary pieces from the United States. Visitors can view 1,000 pieces in the main gallery, with two rotating additional galleries showcasing different installations of art. The museum also hosts a café in its famed sculpture gardens and is free to students and those under 18.
Colorado Street Bridge
This impressive structure spans 1,467 feet across the Arroyo Seco, a deeply cut canyon linking the San Gabriel Mountains to the Los Angeles River.