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15 Places to Visit Along the New Gold Line Extension

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metro gold lineIt’s almost time! The Gold Line Foothill Extension opens this Saturday, March 5. Metro put together this cool little list of 16 things to do along the six new Gold Line stations. We condensed it a bit and added some extra cool spots to swing by. Check it out.

Arcadia Station

201 N. 1st Ave., Arcadia, CA 91106

LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

I can’t say enough great things about this place. I went for the first time a few months ago. It’s beautiful, expansive and serene, with 127 acres of plants, historic buildings and peacocks literally everywhere. Just hop on the Metro Bus 187 toward West Pasadena.

Santa Anita Park

I used to come here as kid all time. Now, as an adult, I mosey my way over to this 82-year-old thoroughbred racetrack during some of their many events and prestigious races. Beer gardens, live music, carnival rides and other games are its usual staples. On March 12, adults will be able to enjoy a whiskey tasting event during the races courtesy of the track’s Guest Chef Series. Take the Metro Bus 79 toward Downtown LA.

Din Tai Fung

The dumplings at this restaurant, which originated in Taiwan, are famous. It’s a definite must along the new Arcadia Gold Line stop, a city filled with a mind-numbing selection of Asian hangouts. A second Arcadia location will be coming to the Santa Anita mall in April, which brings us to…

Westfield Santa Anita

This is the largest shopping mall in the San Gabriel Valley, complete with a two-story merry-go-round right smack in the center. There’s an AMC movie theater, a Dave & Buster’s, and dozens of eateries, both indoor and outdoor. The Metro Bus 187 will drop you off right at its doorstep.

 

Monrovia Station

1651 S. Primrose Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016

Old Town Monrovia

Since Monrovia is my hometown, I’ve perused Old Town more than I can remember. Bursting with small-town charm, the streets are lined with restaurants, bars and a movie theater. You can actually just walk a mile from the Monrovia Station to get there or hop on the Metro 270.

Monrovia Public Library

Even though it’s located in Old Town, this library deserves its own category. I used to frequent this library regularly as a burgeoning booklover, competing in their summer reading camps every year. It’s very nostalgic for me. There’s 100 years of history behind this library, and the newly renovated structure is absolutely beautiful.

Friday Night Street Fair

Also deserving of its own category is this longstanding tradition every Friday night. Starting at 5:30 p.m. in Old Town, the streets are blocked off from cars and replaced with a farmer’s market, vendors, live music and a petting zoo. There’s usually even giant inflatable slides for the kids to play in. Things usually die down by 10 p.m. so get there early to shop, eat, drink and play.

Pacific Plate Brewing Company

I discovered this little gem several years ago. It’s hidden in a commercial plaza so you would never really stumble upon it without knowing it’s there. Billed as the smallest licensed brewery in Southern California because of its one-barrel batch, this brewery specializes in Latin-American-inspired brews. And on March 5, there will be special offers for those who show up with a TAP card. It’s only a half mile away from the Monrovia Station.

 

Duarte Station

1777 Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010

Justice Brothers Racing Museum

The Justice Brothers were figures in motorsports, and this museum is a great place to learn about the evolution of motorsports. It’s home to vintage circle track racecars, restored classics, Indy cars and more.

 

Irwindale Station

16017 Avenida Padilla, Irwindale, CA 91702

Sante Fe Dam Recreational Area

Check out the nature center, or go bicycling, swimming, fishing, boating or hiking. Just transfer to Foothill Transit Bus 185. The area will be hosting the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire from April 2 to May 15. Enjoy artisans, games, rides, entertainment and food—all from the medieval times.

Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

If hot sauce creator David Tran is Charlie, then this is his Chocolate Factory. Find out how the arguably most famous hot sauce in the world is made with a free tour of the 650,000-square-foot facility. Reservations are required. Take the Foothill Transit Bus 185.

 

Downtown Azusa Station

780 N. Alameda Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Downtown Azusa

Cross the street, and there’s a huge two-story mega-Target. A short walk away from the station, and you’ll find a slew of places to eat and drink. Notables include Max’s Mexican Cuisine (great margaritas), Congregation Ale House, City Café, Tardino Bro’s Italian Kitchen and Canyon City Barbeque.

Durrell House Museum

This 1923 craftsman home is just a five-minute walk from the station. It was turned into a museum by the Azusa Historical Society, and is open every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

APU/Citrus College Station

905 N. Citrus Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College

The Arts Center holds many concerts and musicals. Jazz musician Laurence Hobgood performs March 5, followed by The von Trapps March 6. Then it’s battle of the bands on March 17 and 18 as the Citrus College’s Blue Note Orchestra goes up against the Azusa Pacific University’s  Jazz Ensemble.

Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center

Support Azusa Pacific University games and concerts at the arena. Acrobatics and tumbling matches are scheduled for March 15 and 17.

 

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