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Top Things To Do In Pasadena

Pasadena is nestled against the San Gabriel Mountains and has lots of fun activities for people who enjoy sports, art, or science. The Tournament of Roses Parade and the annual Rose Bowl football game are both incredibly popular, and the California Institute of Technology is another big draw.

Spend the day shopping at novelty boutiques on Colorado Boulevard, tour turn-of-the-century mansions in the historic districts, or hike Echo Mountain.

Experience local and foreign delicacies during the Old Pasadena Melting Pot Food Tours, or try southern cuisine during Claud Beltran's Annual Gumbo Fest Pasadena.

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La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour or Rental from Everyday California (Up to 59% Off). Two Options Available.
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2261 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla
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90-Minute La Jolla Double Kayak Rental; Valid for Ages 6 and Up
10 Hour Catalina Island/Coastal Fishing Trip with Optional Meal at Davey's Locker (Up to 63% Off).
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400 Main Street, Newport Beach 40.3 mi
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3/4-Day Catalina or Coastal Fishing Trip for One Adult (Ages 13+)
2.5 Hour Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise from Davey's Locker (Up to 66% Off). Six Options Available.
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400 Main Street, Newport Beach 40.3 mi
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2-2.5 Hour Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise for One Junior (Ages 3–12); Valid Monday–Friday
$132.85 for 800' Parasail Flight with Deluxe Photo Package for Two at Long Beach Parasail ($235 Value)
Long Beach Parasail
423 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach 26.9 mi
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$26.56 for Two-Hour Kayak, Canoe, SUP, or Aqua-Cycle Rental at Carlsbad Lagoon (Up to $50 Value)
Carlsbad Lagoon
4215 Harrison Street, Carlsbad
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2-Hour Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board, Canoe, or Aqua Cycle Rental
Wristbands for 2 Hours for One or Two at Go Kart World (34% Off)
Go Kart World
21830 Recreation Road, Carson 22.9 mi
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Science-loving families should visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at NASA for a pre-booked tour. The JPL constructs robotic spacecrafts, conducts astronomy missions, and designs the materials for many deep space projects like Mars Curiosity rover.

Pasadena has a variety of eclectic restaurants. Local favorites include Roy's Restaurant, Il Fornaio, Alexander's Steakhouse, and the President Thai Restaurant.

The best Pasadena museums include the Norton Simon Museum, The Huntington Library and Gardens, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, and the  Pasadena Museum of History.

Hike through 190 acres of zoological, botanical, and geological wonders at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center.