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Things to do in San Marino

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Giant, breathtaking outdoor garden with different areas modeled after different countries and regions. ”
  • 386 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Delicious food and great drinks! Also extremely beautiful, a house turned into a restaurant!”
  • 14 locals recommend
School
“Polytechnic School, often referred to as simply Poly, is a college preparatory private day school located in Pasadena, California with approximately 850 students enrolled.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Cheap good burgers, skinny fries and the shake is super thick. Very busy place. Drive thru line can be very long during peak hours but the workers keep it running quickly. Parking is a limited during peak lunch hours.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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  • 1 local recommends
Hotel
“Bar at The Langham Hotel is great! Get a drink or tea and hang out on patio with nice views next to the fireplace in the evening. Food is great too (could be a little expensive; it’s not walkable, but worth getting an uber to here). ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
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“Great place to sit down and drink coffee while enjoying the weather outside.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park with large trees, large fields, and great playground. Free during the week. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bus Station
“The California Institute of Technology, one of the world's preeminent science and engineering universities, sits on a picturesque 124-acre campus in Pasadena. In addition to housing some of the generation's finest minds, Caltech also offers the chance for laymen to attend musical performances and to stroll the historic grounds, laid out with the sort of obsessive organization you would expect from a bunch of rocket sicentists.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This is a great spot because there is a CVS, a Bagel shop on one side of the street. The other side has a donut shop, Starbucks and Pavillions grocery store. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen principal garden areas. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Supposedly the inventor of the cheeseburger, this establishment has incredible food. Please note it is cash only. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Spa
“The gardens and tea room are a favorite. make a reservation to have tea in rose garden building and plan to walk the entire property for some exercise and stunning plants and varying landscapes like desert and Japanese and everything in between in terms of plants. The homes in this area of San Marino /Pasadena Are beautiful”
  • 3 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Beautiful Park! Kind of pricey but also a museum. Great for book lovers. Pinky and Blue Boy are here. Be sure to check out the x-ray on Blue Boy to see the artist revisions. Plan ahead and make a reservation in the Rose Tea Garden. One of my favorite places to take my mother. All you can eat FORMAL British Tea. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Located in the historic Langham Hotel in Pasadena. Upscale bar, great cocktails, Thursday night jazz, with great views! One of our favorites for a different vibe. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Cheap good burgers, skinny fries and the shake is super thick. Very busy place. Drive thru line can be very long during peak hours but the workers keep it running quickly. Parking is a limited during peak lunch hours.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Great place to sit down and drink coffee while enjoying the weather outside.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen principal garden areas. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Supposedly the inventor of the cheeseburger, this establishment has incredible food. Please note it is cash only. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
  • 2 locals recommend
Diner
“It's a real diner with real comfort food and excellent, friendly service. Love the open faced turkey, anything breakfast and a good cup of joe. It's on the way to the Huntington Gardens.”
  • 1 local recommends

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