Occupying the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita, The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a unique 127 acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated by the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and located in the city of Arcadia. Home to plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species, The Arboretum also houses outdoor historical landmarks representative of the major phases of California history.
Fancy hitting a library and just checking out some books? This library is rather obscure compared to the Arcadia library (on the corner of Duarte Rd. and Santa Anita Ave.) but is very cozy and has a good selection of books. Its front is nearly invisible as it's small - there is a parking lot in the back, however, just turn the corner and slide through the small alley-like road right after (there are green signs marking direction).
Santa Anita is the oldest thoroughbred race track in Southern California. The Art Deco style grandstand dates back to the 1930s. In 2000, Santa Anita Race Track was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places". The track was also home to an Japanese Internment Assembly Center during WWII. Today, the site is remembered with a historical marker near the entrance.
Excellent Chinese restaurant located near several others in the same plaza. Some customers' favorite is Beef Cubes French Style. Its clientele is mostly Chinese, but don't be intimidated! They speak English (although Mandarin is probably preferred) and their menus are bilingual.
A favorite of the locals. Get there early for lunch unless you want to stand in a pretty long line. American Tacos and Burritos done well. Great Hot Sauce. Decent value. Can get crowded at lunchtime. Very little seating area.
More drive-thru than restaurant, although it has outside seating. Very popular, part of a unique southern CA burger chain. Simple selection, good prices, excellent hamburgers.
Also located in Baldwin Plaza. Popular and its Chinese food is said to be excellent.