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The area offers a host of places for entertaining adults and children alike. Following are some of our favorites (plus a couple of new ones we haven't tried yet).
Nearby attractions include:
Descanso Gardens, La Canada-Flintridge. A lovely 160-acre horticultural display of walk-through gardens. Japanese teahouse, train ride, gift shop, and cafeteria.
Eaton Canyon National Area Park, Pasadena, (626) 821-3246. A 184-acre wildlife sanctuary set in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Hiking trails, family nature walks, bird walks, picnic areas.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Featuring collections from Greek and Roman antiquities to contemporary American and European photographs.
Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Includes the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the Greek Theatre, the Griffith Observatory, the L.A. Equestrian Center, the L.A. Zoo, Traveltown Train Museum, L.A. Live Steamers (miniature train rides), Merry-Go-Round, Pony Rides, Bicycle rental.
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Pasadena. Research library, art gallery, botanical gardens. Home to Gainsborough's Blue Boy and Lawrence's Pinkie.
Kidspace Museum, 390 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, (626) 449-9143. A hands-on museum designed to stimulate a young child's curiosity.
Los Angeles State and County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, (626) 821-3222. Educational landscape displays, greenhouse, rain-forest area, restored adobe ranch house, fountains, duck ponds, waterfalls, and wandering peacocks.
Mount Wilson Observatory. About 20 miles northeast of La Canada-Flintridge.
Natural History Museum of L.A. County. Features life science habitat displays of mammals, birds, insects and marine life; paleontology displays of dinosaurs and fossils; one of the world's finest gem and mineral collections; California and Southwest history exhibits and pre-Columbian archaelogical exhibits. Hands-on Discovery Center for kids.
Nearby, check out the new California Science Center, a complete re-invention of the former California Museum of Science and Industry. Offering state-of-the-art science learning. Also featuring the IMAX Theater.
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena. One of the world's finest art collections. Features paintings and sculpture by Rembrandt, Picasso, Degas, van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Matisse, and many more. The sculpture gardens feature Rodin's The Thinker. Tours, gift shop.
Pacific-Asia Museum, Pasadena. Dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and understanding of the arts and sculpture of Asia and the Pacific.
The Petersen Automotive Museum. More than 200 rare and classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Experience how the love-affair with the automobile has shaped our culture.
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia - Thoroughbred horse racing.
Other major attractions that are further away, but practical for a day's outing are:
Disneyland - Home of Mickey Mouse
San Bernardino Mountains, including Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake. Resorts, snow skiing, summer water activities.
San Pedro - Cabrillo Marine Museum (310) 548-7562. Also pier, harbor cruises, etc.
Long Beach - Aquarium of the Pacific. Explore the diversity of marine habitats of the Pacific Rim in a world-class aquarium environment.
Santa Monica Airport, South Bundy Drive at Airport Avenue. Watch private planes take off and land.
Universal City Studios and Entertainment Center. Features Jurassic Park ride, studio backlot tram tour. Shopping, restaurants, movie theaters.
Pasadena is about 1.5 hours away from Santa Barbara to the north, and about 2 hours away from San Diego to the south (San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Sea World, U.S./Mexican border).
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