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Things to Do in Arcadia

No matter the reason of your stay, be it business or for pleasure, you will find our location easily accessible, from all of the fun things to do in L.A. county. Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia Pasadena hotel is located near 3 of the major California highways; whether you are on the hunt for fun things to in Pasadena and Arcadia, or are looking to venture out of the immediate area, getting from point A to point B is a breeze.

Looking for suggestions on the best places to go, events to attend, and things to see? We have rounded up some of our favorite area California tourist attractions. Should you need advice or assistance at any time, feel free to contact our well-informed staff!

Arcadia and Pasadena Attractions

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Santa Anita Park

Located one mile from the hotel, Santa Anita is your number one destination for live-horse racing and gambling.

Westfield Santa Anita Mall

There's no better place to get your shopping fix than at Westfield Santa Anita Mall! They feature a wide variety of stores such as Banana Republic, Champs Sports, and Williams-Sonoma, and are home to plenty of Department Stores - JCPenny, Macy's, and Nordstrom.

Rose Bowl Stadium

Calling all college sports fans! No trip to the Arcadia area is complete without catching a game at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium, home of the UCLA Bruins football team and annual host of the football college bowl game, The Rose Bowl.

Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Tucked away into the hills near the San Gabriel Mountains, not far from our hotel, the Arboretum and Gardens boast plenty of collections of unique plants spanning across 127 acres.

Irwindale Speedway

Enjoy an action-packed day at the Irwindale Speedway with family and friends! From trucks, stock cars, sprint cars, and legends, you'll find all types of wheels racing along the ovals!

Downtown Arcadia

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Downtown Arcadia is a fun, exciting, and vibrant district that captures our town's friendly and eclectic city. With quirky shops, phenomenal restaurants, family-friendly activities, and a welcoming attitude, the palm-lined Arcadia Downtown district offers something for everyone! For first time visitors to Arcadia, we highly recommend spending an evening at the Arcadia Blues Club, browsing our boutique shops, grabbing a drink at Matt Denny's Alehouse, or checking out strolling through the always-fun Saturday Night Street Market. Just steps from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia Pasadena Area, Downtown Arcadia is a must-visit destination during your upcoming stay!

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The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

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The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is one of the Arcadia - Pasadena area's most popular annual events! Named one of the top 10 family-friendly renaissance fairs in the United States, the faire offers a variety of food, entertainment, and activities for people of all ages! Attendees are encouraged to take part in the fun by coming in costume; costumes for all ages and sizes can also be rented at the event. The 2016 Renaissance Pleasure Faire takes place every Saturday and Sunday in April and May. Important faire dates, times, and additional details can be found below.

  • Opening Weekend: April 2nd and 3rd
  • Closing Weekend: May 14th and 15th
  • Hours: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Location: Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area (about 8 miles SE of Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia)

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Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

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Located on the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium campus at Brookside Park, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is the perfect place to take a dip and take in the bright California sunshine. With fitness classes, swim lessons, two Olympic-sized pools, diving platforms, and seven spring boards, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center offers everything you need for a fun-filled afternoon of swimming and splashing.

Monday - Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Things to Do in Los Angeles

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Universal Studios - Hollywood

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of your favorite films and television shows with the Studio Tour. Whether you are a thrill seeker or just looking to immerse yourself in all things Hollywood, there's a handful of attractions and live entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy! No trip to Universal Studios is complete without a stroll down the City Walk, where you will find plenty of live entertainment, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping, and more!


For the ultimate entertainment experience, L.A. Live (the area surrounding Nokia Theatre and the STAPLES center) is your premier destination! Catch a movie, dine at a wide variety of much acclaimed restaurants, witness action-packed sporting match ups, or enjoy a night out on the town.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

No California vacation is complete without a stroll down America's most well-known sidewalk! 2,500 plus stars featuring iconic musicians, film and television stars, and other Hollywood heroes.

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The perfect place for any history buff or traveler interested in the local culture. From an extensive library collection, to three distinct art galleries, traveling exhibits, and Botanical Gardens, Huntington offers plenty to see for visitors of all ages.

J. Paul Getty Museum

Home to famous paintings, sculptures, and photographs, a stroll through the J. Paul Getty Museum's celebrated exhibitions will leave you feeling cultured and satisfied!

Arcadia Events

California Philharmonic Orchestra

Enjoy the cool breeze and soothing classical sounds during the Festival on the Green Summer Concert series at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Santa Anita Race Track.

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Taste of Arcadia and Business Showcase

Every fall, sample food and drink from 40+ of the best vendors in the area and enjoy a classic car show, live entertainment, and other attractions.

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Pasadena Greek Fest

Join this festive celebration of the Greek culture and Los Angeles Greek community with food, fun, and all things Greek.

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Santa Anita Park Opening Day

Kick off the racing season right! Head to the Santa Anita Race Track each December to experience the festive annual opening of the beloved race track.

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Rose Bowl

Played on New Year's Day at Rose Bowl Stadium, the Rose Bowl is the oldest NCAA bowl game and features the Big 10 and Pac 12 conference champions.

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Tournament of Roses Parade

Every New Year's Day, the Rose Parade marches through Pasadena and is broadcasted on multiple TV networks throughout America. Filled with flower-covered floats, the must-see festivities are the perfect way to ring in the new year!

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Other annual special events include the Arcadia Firefighters' Association's Pancake Breakfast and the Holiday Snow Festival!