With the sunshine, the culture, the food, LA and Hollywood nearby, Pasadena is a hotspot for tourists. But with the vast amount of options available as to what to do and how to do it, there are high chances of simply getting lost in the crowds and not getting the most out of each experience. That is why it is a wise decision to book a tour while visiting Pasadena so that you can make the most out of your stay and enjoy each moment doing activities you choose with a guide to show you how it’s done. Check out these 10 great tours that take you through Pasadena so that your memories here are well worth your time and money!
This is a tour that you have to book well in advance but will give you the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the infamous Rose Parade close up and personal. This eight hour tour will take you from San Diego to the streets of Pasadena on New Years Day where you get reserved seats to witness the parade and all the excitement around it.
Rose Parade Tour
Price: from 159 USD
2. Pasadena Museum of California Art Docent Tour
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is a wonderful place for you to experience the artistic history of California and its artists. This unique museum highlights the work of local artists and their influence on the culture of the region. There are free tours available once a month or you can book a private tour for a fee. This is a great way to explore Californian culture and history.
Pasadena Museum of California Art Docent Tour
Address: 490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Website: Pasadena Museum of California Art
3. Fenyes Mansion Tours
As the home of Dr. Adalbert and Eva Fenyes this beautiful example of lavish architecture in Pasadena is a must see. The furnishings, the art collection and the landscaping are all something to marvel at as you tour this home and get a view of the luxurious lifestyles of the wealthy in Pasadena.
Fenyes Mansion Tours
Address: 164-198 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103
Price: from 15 USD
Website: Fenyes Mansion Tours
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4. Old Pasadena Food Tasting Walking Tour
Follow your guide through a delicious tour of Old Pasadena that will let you taste what the locals call their favorite haunts. This tour is given by experienced guides that know all about Pasadena’s past and how it developed as well as the evolution of Old Pasadena into a foodie town.
Old Pasadena Food Tasting Walking Tour
5. Gamble House Tour
For all the architecture buffs out there this is one stop you will definitely want to make. The Gamble House is an architectural gem as well as a National Historic Landmark. It is well known for its flowing aesthetic from the outdoors to the indoors as well as the unique elements of construction.
Gamble House Tour
Address: 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103
Website: Gamble House Tour
6. Norton Simon Museum Tours
This museum began as an art institute and has now expanded to a vast collection and an amazing landscape. Come explore the international as well as local art displays that highlight the great affair between Pasadena and the art world. With various options available for the tours you’ll be able to either enjoy the museum while a solo walk through or join a group.
Norton Simon Museum Tours
Address: 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
Website: Norton Simon Museum Tours
7. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Tours
This expansive institution is a must see while you are visiting Pasadena. With an incredible amount of resources within its library, art collection and garden grounds, you are bound to spend the day here. Enjoy one of the tour options as you explore one of California’s treasures.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Tours
Address: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
8. Pasadena Walking Tours
If you’re short on time or just prefer a more one on one experience in experiencing Pasadena, then consider taking this tour. This is a private tour that will allow you to see Pasadena at your own pace while asking questions and gaining all the knowledge you desire while walking through the beautiful streets. The guide is at your disposal as you relish the architecture and history of Pasadena.
Pasadena Walking Tours
Website: Pasadena Walking Tours
If you are a biking enthusiast then this day trip is for you. This five hour tour will take you through the trails of the San Gabriel Mountains and allow you to take in the breathtaking scenery around you. This is a small group tour so your guide will be able to pay close attention to each person and make sure that you enjoy this incredible experience.
Mt Wilson Mountain Bike Enduro Day
Duration: 5 hours
This three and a half hour tour will have you taste your way through the gorgeous architecture of Old Pasadena. As an intimate tour, you will be able to take your time as you taste the variety of cuisine that Pasadena has to offer while looking around at the buildings and streets that make this a walking tour well worth it.
Small-Group Food Walking Tour Through Old Pasadena
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Witness the merging of old culture and new art in Pasadena, California
This beautiful city is a haven for luxury architecture, sprawling gardens and trendy art. If you are looking to spend some time in the city made famous by its treasure trove of museums, mansions, The Rose Parade and eateries then consider taking one of these tours that will maximize your good times in Pasadena, California.
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