Discover the charm and endless things to do within Old Town Pasadena. This historic area features shopping, art, museums, dining, nightlife, and family options and was once a stop on Route 66. No matter who you are, there’s something for you to find.
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Old Town Pasadena has come back to life as new businesses open up that maintain and preserve the beautiful location and the architecture. If you want an overview of Old Town, you may want to look into taking a walking tour provided by Pasadena Heritage. Learn about the history and the culture of the area while taking an enjoyable walk for $15 a ticket. You’ll see Colorado Boulevard, where the Tournament of the Roses Parade makes an appearance every year.
Look out for art galleries to visit as you walk around Old Town. You’ll also notice many restaurants, boutiques, and retail stores. This is a great area for antique hunters and those who enjoy learning about historic architecture. Make sure you check out Pasadena City Hall, which has been standing since the year 1927. The Gamble House was designed by Henry and Charles Green and is more than one-hundred-years-old. It was designed for the Gamble family of successful company Procter & Gamble, and it now includes a museum. The house was donated to the city, and the School of Architecture at USC houses two students in the house each year.
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Previously known as the Athens of the West, the Old Town Pasadena District goes back all the way to 1875. The restoration of the district in the 80s has excitedly brought people back into the area to enjoy everything Old Town has to offer. Take some time to visit the Norton Sim Museum (also known as the Pasadena Museum of Modern Art) and the Pasadena Museum of History. Then, head over to the train stations, including the Memorial Park Station and the Del Mar Station. Make your way to the rose gardens, which you will remember next time you watch the Rose Parade.
The historic Green Hotel, which opened in 1888, was once a luxury hotel and was once repurposed for residential living. Originally owned by George Gill Green, the building was designed by Frederick Roehrig. Another landmark is the Fair Oaks Schoolhouse and the city block known as the Schoolhouse Block.
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In the evening, you can enjoy the nightlife in Old Town. Play some pool at Jake’s and enjoy some drinks and food at Club 54, Bodegar Wine Bar, Old Towne Pub, and The Colorado Bar. For dining, be sure to stop by Cafe Santorini, The Luggage Room (at the Del Mar Station), Green Street Tavern, La Grande Orange Cafe, and White Horse Lounge.
Other places to visit in Pasadena include:
-South Farmers’ Market
-The Curio Emporium
-Arroyo Seco Park
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