A Few Things to Do in Pasadena and Beyond

If you will arrive early or extend your stay beyond the span of HARMONY 2019, see below for a short list of potential extracurricular activities! More can be found in a Pasadena Visitor's Guide, which we will provide to all HARMONY attendees.

The options below can also be viewed on the following Google List/Map:

  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
    The Huntington is a research and cultural center surrounded by 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. Originally the private estate of railroad magnate Henry Huntington, it is one of Southern California’s must-see cultural destinations with magnificent collections of rare books, manuscripts, and works of art. The extensive grounds feature diverse botanical collections in 12 specialized gardens. Make sure to stop by the Desert Garden, it is very impressive. All of the gardens include Australian Garden, California Garden, Camellia Garden, Children’s Garden, Conservatory, Desert Garden, Herb Garden, Japanese Garden, Jungle Garden, Lily Ponds, Palm Garden, Rach Garden, Rose Garden, Shakespeare Garden, and the Subtropical Garden.
  • Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91101
    Vroman’s Bookstore holds an important place in Southern California’s history. For many years, Vroman’s was the largest bookstore west of the Mississippi, and it continues to be the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California.
  • Norton Simon Museum, 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Over a 30-year period, the industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an impressive group of European masterworks from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern works from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupy an important place in the Museum’s holdings. The Norton Simon collections include: European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and sculpture gardens displaying many sculptors' work in a landscape setting around a large pond.
  • Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park and Nature Center, 1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107
    Eaton Canyon Natural Area is a 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve situated at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. Visitors can enjoy its hiking trails, equestrian trails with a staging area, picnic areas, seasonal stream, rocks and minerals, various natural habitats, native plants, and wildlife. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
  • Hike to Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail Trailhead: East Loma Alta Drive & Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001
    Offering great views (and a decent workout), this trail ascends to the ruins of a luxury railway and resort that reached the height of their popularity in the early 1900s.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
    One of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use, this theme park is known best for its World-Famous Studio Tour as well as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival (starts March 29), 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
    Aside from being an amusement park with dozens of rides (including rollercoasters), shows, and attractions in four themed areas, Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of THE Boysenberry and each spring, Knott’s celebrates the flavorful berry and its historic roots during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival with unique food and live entertainment.
  • Disneyland Park, 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
    With a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, Disneyland Resort features two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Opened in 1955, Walt Disney’s original theme park, Disneyland Park is divided into 8 themed “lands”—Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland.