10 Things to Do in La Crescenta That You Shouldn't Miss

November 14, 2017 Carley Gatson

La Crescenta-Montrose is a populated place in Los Angeles County, California. Part of the community is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP), while the other portion lies within the City of Glendale. According to the United States Census Bureau, the La Crescenta-Montrose CDP measures about 3.4 square miles (8.8 km), and the population was 19,653 at the 2010 census, up from 18,532 in the 2000 census.
Restaurants in La Crescenta

1. Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102 +1 818-949-4200
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4.5 based on 333 reviews

Descanso Gardens

Located 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Descanso Gardens is a botanical garden and place of year-round natural beauty, with internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Accredited by the American Association of Museums as a museum of living collections, Descanso Gardens welcomes 250,000 visitors annually. The principal collections include California native plants and oak woodlands; one of the largest concentration of camellia plants in the Western Hemisphere; a rose garden with specimens from all corners of the globe; and significant presentations of lilacs, maple trees, cherry trees and iris. It has been designated an International Camellia Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.

Reviewed By Eric G - Pasadena

This review pertains to the Enchanted Forest, a holiday-themed, evening walk through the gardens that is offered in November, December and part of January. Tickets must be booked in advance with a timed entry. Although people were parking on the street, there was parking the lot, so I recommend trying that first. It can get cold after dark this time of year in SoCal, so dress accordingly. It takes about 90 minutes to walk through the various areas - the trees and other areas are magnificently lit was different colored, changing LEDs and there are a number of other surprises that are fun for kids and adults. Food and drink (including adult beverages) are available, but the lines can be long and it isn't inexpensive. I'm not sure we will go every year, but the entire family was really happy we went this time. One last tip, since there are lots of people moving all around, it was a bit dusty, so casual wear is appropriate and those people in "dating" attire didn't seem as comfortable.

2. 168 Fitness

2866 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta, CA 91214-3404 +1 818-249-7100
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5 based on 6 reviews

168 Fitness

Reviewed By Joanna D

168 Fitness is a great place to work out if you are serious about reaching your goals. Chad and Ana train you to properly do your workouts so you are able to make the most out of your group exercises. Their approach is realistic and highly enjoyable. I always leave happier than when I first walk into the studio. 168 IS AWESOME!

3. The Americana at Brand

889 Americana Way Ste 330, btw Brand Blvd and Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91210-1559 +1 877-897-2097
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4.5 based on 402 reviews

The Americana at Brand

Reviewed By sas820 - Stanley, Hong Kong

Excellent planning that resulted in a well thought out multiple purpose community center: fine retail outlets, inviting outdoor gathering areas, wonderful fountain, trolley, wide variety of dining options, excellent seasonal decor, safe and clean parking garages.

4. Once Upon A Time Bookstore

2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose Shopping Park, Montrose, CA 91020-1616 +1 818-248-9668
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5 based on 6 reviews

The oldest children's bookstore in the nation, established in 1966, this neighborhood touchstone engages the reading community with the best selected titles, hand-picked greeting cards, exquisite gift items for all ages and a warm and knowledge staff. Numerous author booksignings, storytimes and book & writing clubs for all ages.

Reviewed By jennifer s - Tacoma, Washington

I collect children's books - so I hit any kid's book store I can find. I'm always looking for new recommendations.

The owner of Once Upon A Time is truly delightful and loves children's literature. I was very impressed at the LA Festival of Books with the number of authors she helped to pull into the event.

Thoughtful and fun selection - better than any chain or dot com could be! Worthy of your business!

5. Norton Simon Museum

411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825 +1 626-449-6840
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5 based on 1 reviews

Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections.

Reviewed By Rolf A - Chicago, Illinois

Not a large collection, but what gems! In two hours you can easily see the best of French 18th and 19th-century painting, some Italian and Dutch and Netherlandish paintings not see in the U.S otherwise. The Hans Memling Christ Giving His Blessing from 1478 is worth the trip from anywhere and then there are two Rembrandts, a superb Diego Rivera, a wonderful Vigee Le Brun portrait of Theresa, not to mention many Degas sculptures and probably the finest collection of Cambodian Angkor Period sculpture in the U.S.

6. Mt Wilson MTB Adventure

2799 Windsor Ave, JPL Parking Lot, Altadena, CA 91001-5237
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Mt Wilson MTB Adventure

Mt Wilson MTB Adventures provides amazing mountain bike tours and adventures in the Mt Wilson regional area. Tours are available in full day and half day increments and suitable for all riding abilities.

Reviewed By Isaac W - Los Angeles

Most people think of shuttling as a way of "cheating" so you don't need to climb, but for those of us that love to climb, shuttles are still a vital part of the riding experience. The ability to be dropped off deep in the mountains...MoreThank you. We have been saying for a long time, this shuttle provides access just as much as "gravity assist." Thank you for the kind words.

7. Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299 +1 213-473-0800
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Griffith Observatory

A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.

Reviewed By BobKava - Cooper City, Florida

We were unable to get to the observatory because of the crowds. So recommend you go there way before the opening Cars were parked everywhere. Many walked a great distance uphill to get there

8. Forest Lawn Memorial Park

1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205-3320 +1 800-204-3131
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4.5 based on 207 reviews

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

This famous cemetery has dozens of fancy Hollywood tributes and exhibits, and it attracts over one million annual visitors.

Reviewed By brwerner - Burlington, Vermont

On a Sunday, very few people there. Very pretty driving around. Stopped at information just inside the entrance and got a map, calendar of events and fancy Great Mausoleum tour guide. If you are a Christian, the mausoleum will both strengthen and inform your faith. And if you are not a Christian, go for the art, museum, and beauty. Don't miss the Crucifixion and Resurrection paintings, with narration - check the website for days and hours. Whole thing not to be missed!

9. United Artists La Canada 8

1919 Verdugo Blvd, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3018 +1 844-462-7342
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4 based on 27 reviews

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Reviewed By Rogerdob - La Canada, California

This theater installed fancy cushioned reclining seats, but the experience of seeing a movie there is still not good. It does not have stadium seating...the auditoriums are flat. The screens are smaller than other movie theater screens and are set up high, so one has to look UP at the screen. Projection of the film seemed to lack detail...I get a better picture on my HDTV!

The fancy reclining seats had a problem if you attend the theater with more than one other person...the seats are paired up two by two with gaps between the pairs. I attended the movie with my wife and her eldery mother...she sat next to her mother while I, although I was sitting next to her, had to endure a gap between our seats...I did not like sitting away from my wife!

This theater also has that annoying practice of making you choose specific seats at time of ticket purchase...that practice might be OK for Saturday Date Night, but for the rest of the week and especially matinees it's silly, unnecessary, and annoying!

They show 20 minutes of previews...five minutes more than most theaters...a little too much!

I would of had a better time waiting for the movie to come out on DVD, enjoying it on my clear and detailed HDTV and in my recliner. The $60 we spent there (including food) was not worth it!

10. Glendale Galleria

100 W Broadway Ste 700, Glendale, CA 91210-1225 +1(0)818 246 6737
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4.5 based on 230 reviews

Glendale Galleria

Reviewed By gumbokins - Singapore

It’s a nice, clean mall with a good selection of stores for the whole family. Large food court with lots of seats, the kabob store has halal chicken. Toilets are plentiful. Just a short walk from the Americana as well. Happy to find Teavana, we spent way too much money there.

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