The 10 Best Things to Do in Monrovia, United States

October 28, 2017 Agatha Simes

Monrovia is a city located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 36,590 at the 2010 census, down from 36,929 in 2000. Monrovia has been used for filming TV shows, movies and commercials.
Restaurants in Monrovia

1. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108-1218 +1 626-405-2100
Excellent
85%
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5 based on 2 reviews

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

A popular tourist stop, this 207 acre complex houses a library, art collection and stunning gardens. The library and art gallery contain rare books and one of the most complete collections of 18th century art outside of London.

Reviewed By Arneby - Nacka, Sweden

So yeah, a garden founded by a railway billionaire some 150 years ago. Turned out that the Huntington Gardens were nothing short of fabulous. Almost Singapore Zoo class in parts. And there were colibris in the wild! And a Japanese garden. And a nice food court too.

2. Santa Anita Race Park

285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007-3472 +1 626-574-7223
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 366 reviews

Santa Anita Race Park

Reviewed By James M - Las Vegas, New Mexico

Hard to say anything that hasn’t already been said. Not that my horse track experience is extensive, but of all the parks I’ve visited Santa Anita is the best!
So beautiful and so well maintained. It’s like stepping back in time.
Can’t wait to go back!

3. Monrovia Canyon Park

1200 N Canyon Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016 +1 626-932-5550
Excellent
71%
Good
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Monrovia Canyon Park

Reviewed By Alicia S

Don't be fooled by this parks small size. The hiking trails are great and not as crowded as others in the area. $ 5 per car for parking. Park is clean and well maintained. The falls are lovely!

4. Huy Fong Foods

4800 Azusa Canyon Rd, Irwindale, CA 91706-1938
Excellent
84%
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5 based on 36 reviews

Huy Fong Foods

Reviewed By atjig - Tempe, Arizona

You learn the history of the how the globally famous Huy Fong Siracha sauce came about to the world. You go to their factory and learn the whole process. Check their website to make sure they have tours available. Best time to go is during the Fall season when they harvest because there are more activities and freebies.

5. The Huntington Desert Garden

San Marino, CA +1 626-405-2142
Excellent
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5 based on 124 reviews

The Huntington Desert Garden

Conveniently located, the Huntington includes the largest collection of mature cacti and succulents in North America.

Reviewed By johnnnita - Napa, California, United States

This is a large area as part of the Huntington Gardens. At first, I was going to bypass it to view other gardens there. However, I've now grown to appreciate more the succulents that grow in such environments. They really are beautiful!

6. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007-2697 +1 626-821-3222
Excellent
68%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 375 reviews

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Reviewed By rduinc - Saint Louis, Missouri

Really enjoyed this nicely laid out garden, broken into segments by plants from the different continents. There is a very wide, asphalt path you follow as you go from one area to the next, making it very easy for families with strollers or anyone who needs assistance moving around.

TIP- if you have a garden membership in your hometown, check to see if they have a reciprocal agreement with this garden. If they do, you get in here for free.

TIP- From downtown LA you can take a metro train to Arcadia, then ride the free Arcadia bus that takes you to the garden, race track, mall, and a few other places. Takes about 90 minutes all told, but the train is only $1.75 so this is very cheap, and at 90 minutes could still be quicker than driving a car.

7. Big Santa Anita Canyon

Monrovia, CA +1 818-790-1151
Excellent
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Big Santa Anita Canyon

One of the most difficult trails in Southern California, peaking at the top of Mount Wilson and sinking through the Big Santa Anita Canyon.

Reviewed By Caroline L - Los Angeles, California

This is my absolute favorite canyon in Southern California. There are many hiking trail choices here which make it great for young children as well as advanced hikers. If taking children, a 3.25 mile out and back hike to Sturtevant Falls will be a treat for all as you hike the well shaded canyon. You will pass privately owned historical cabins that compliment the scenery and remind you of an era long gone. Beware of the small flies that are prevalent during summer months and be sure to take insect repellant. For those who like more of a challenge, you can continue to do a 10 mile loop hike or hike all the way to Mount Wilson (very strenuous). The best part of this canyon is that it is heavily shaded throughout. If doing the loop, take sunscreen as there are some sunny parts. Good hiking shoes are always recommended. Lastly, you'll need a $5 adventure pass which can be purchased at the pack station otherwise you could be cited for not having one. If going on the weekend, go before 8 am for decent parking.

8. Irwindale Event Center

500 Speedway Dr, Irwindale, CA 91706-1354 +1 626-358-1100
Excellent
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Irwindale Event Center

Reviewed By Cynthia A - Sierra Madre, California

We have not been out to the track in several years, but some friends were interested in going. My husband discovered that they were holding "A night of Destruction" so we gathered some friends. You can go to their website and buy your tickets and print them out, this saves money and time, no need to wait in line to buy your tickets. They ran a couple of regular races, had a "Soccer match" with three cars on each team trying to push a 300 lb. steel soccer ball in goals. Later they had a race for front wheel drive cars with skidplates on the rear instead of tires, an endure, a figure 8, and topping the night of was a race where cars and a couple of motorhomes all pulling trailers tried to force each other out and smash their trailers. Most all the trailers and boats got smashed up on the track, very entertaining. This is not for people of delicate sensibilities as it sort of low-brow fun. Expensive fun junk food and beers can be purchased. Nice seats and restrooms. Good family activity.

9. Rose Parade

begins in Green Street, Pasadena, CA +1 610-417-4123
Excellent
87%
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5 based on 107 reviews

Rose Parade

Reviewed By So_Cal_Illini_81 - Pasadena, California

The Rose Parade is so much better in person instead of watching it on TV. You just can't get a full appreciation for any of the units unless you have the time to see them live. There is more to see on the floats and...MoreThanks for the info, it might be an interesting way to spend New Year's eve

10. Vine Vera

400 S Baldwin Ave, Level 1 Store C39, Arcadia, CA 91007-1900 +1 626-447-0541
Excellent
74%
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4.5 based on 267 reviews

Vine Vera

Vine Vera is a luxury skin care company focused on providing a pampering and luxurious experience focusing on anti-aging. When you come into Vine Vera you will experience a welcoming atmosphere, expert staff and high quality skin care. Our expert beauty advisers provide one-on-one skin consultations and personalized recommendations for your skin. No matter your skin type or skin needs, they are happy to assist you find the beauty routine tailored perfectly to you. The Arcadia location is set up with multiple demonstration stations where customers can try out various skin care cosmetics right in the store. Vine Vera is committed to customer satisfaction and wants you to love your experience. Come in to experience a relaxing facial or check out the VIP room with a friend. The VIP room offers a more exclusive facial experience. This special room offers deep loungers for maximum comfort. Only the highest quality and top of the line skin care is used for our VIP room customers. For those who have been searching for the fountain of youth, search no further. Vine Vera is your answer for the ultimate in ageless beauty cosmetics. Welcome to Vine Vera, anti-aging straight from the vine.

Reviewed By jak1978 - Virginia

I visited your Vine Vera in Oahu Hawaii at the Marriott resort and spa. The staff was very knowledgeable and showed me their products. They did a facial on me and I was hooked. I bought a big package of their products. I really love their eye cream. It makes the appearance of my eyes look brighter and softer. Thank you Vine Vera and keep up the great work.

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