There Is More To Pasadena California Than The Rose Parade

Every New Year's Day, except when that holiday falls on a Sunday and the Rose Parade is held on January 2nd, millions of viewers around the world enjoy the Rose Parade and think about Pasadena, California. The citizens of Pasadena are justly proud of this spectacular event and the fame it brings their beautiful city, however, there is more to Pasadena than the Rose Parade.

The following is a partial list of areas, activities and event hosts that make the city of Pasadena a great place to visit. These activities and events are not listed in order of importance.

1. The Rose Bowl - The Rose Bowl not only hosts the New Year's Tournament of Roses Football Game it also hosts the U.C.

L.A. home football games. Additionally the stadium is home to Fourth of July celebrations, concerts, religious services, filmings and the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the world's largest flea market.

The Rose Bowl has also hosted five NFL Super Bowl Games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer Matches, the 1994 Men's World Cup, the 1999 Women's World Cup, the 2002 BCS National College Football Championship Game. The Rose Bowl, which is part of the Central Arroyo Seco Parklands, is the starting off place for numerous runners, joggers and walkers who use the area as a safe and lovely place to take their daily exercise.


Norton Simon Museum - The world famous Norton Simon Museum of Art holds one of the world's finest and most prestigious collections, with nearly 1,000 works of European, American and South Asian art.

3. Restaurants - Whether you are looking for a cheap, mid priced or expensive dining establishment, if you are hankering for central or south American, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai food, a hamburger joint, a steak house, indoor dining, outdoor dining or a drive thru, you will find what you are searching for in Pasadena with it's over 500 restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, bakeries and fast food eateries.

4. Eaton Canyon Natural Area Nature Center - A "zoological, botanical, and geological wonderland situated at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. With its hiking trails, wildlife, rocks and minerals, and plants, there is something for everyone to enjoy".

5. Old Town Pasadena - Day or night, weekday or weekend the area is always "jumpin". People come from all over to dine, shop, visit art galleries, go to the movies, go dancing, listen to jazz and other types of music, be entertained by street preformers and most of all to relax and have fun in a safe, clean and pleasant atmosphere.

6. Paseo Colorado - There are 391 luxury residential apartments and lofts, an upscale Gelson's Supermarket, a Macy's Department Store, over sixty five specialty and botique shops, including Coach, Ann Taylor, Tony Bahama, Hugo Boss, Bombay Company and Sam Goody, a Pacific Theatre with fourteen screens, seventeen (17) dining establishments, a fitness club, a day spa and much more.

7. JJ Steak House - Have you been looking for that perfect romantic restaurant to take a date or spouse to? Do you like old fashion elegant steak houses with lots of dark rich wood, plenty of marble and romantic lighting? Do you like the idea of a large fireplace? Do you like soft romantic harp music played by a very talented harpist? Do you like excellent leisurely attentive service where you never feel rushed?

8. Pasadena Museum of California Art - The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present.


Pasadena Shakespeare Company - A non-profit professional theatre company. Our mission is to produce great theatre, entertain, and educate. We do this by presenting high-quality, accessible productions of the works of Shakespeare and other outstanding playwrights, and by offering periodic lectures, discussions, workshops, and classes.

10. Pasadena Symphony Orchestra - One of Southern California's cultural treasures. Diverse programming, musical excellence, exceptional artistic leadership and deep community support are among the hallmarks which have made it a major success among its peers.

The foregoing is just a taste of what is available in Pasadena. Check it out, you will be glad you did.

For more information about the city of Pasadena, California see http://pasadena., a directory of links to city of Pasadena, California guides and directories listing hotels, restaurants, churches, physicians, attorneys, articles, information, resources, services, things to do, places to go, art galleries, service organizations, auto dealers, nursing homes, convalescent hospitals, antique dealers and more.


David G. Hallstrom, Sr. is a retired private investigator and is currently the publisher of several internet directories, including a directory of national, state, county and city guides and directories listing local guides, directories, web sites and web pages providing resources, services and information about things to do and places to go.

By: David Hallstrom

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