Six Spots To Explore in Arcadia

From peacocks and ponies to souped-up bowling and soup dumplings, Arcadia has it all.
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Westfield Santa Anita is home to a plethora of lifestyle, fashion, and beauty stores. The big brands we all know and love are there, in addition to coveted cult labels like new arrival Innisfree, a Korean brand that offers innovative beauty solutions formulated with natural, sustainably sourced ingredients. For those seeking a personalized experience, the mall’s concierge staff will assist with everything from dinner reservations and transportation to gift suggestions and itinerary planning. 400 S. Baldwin Ave., 626-445-3116, westfield.com

Just a hop and a skip away from the racetrack, The Derby is an award-winning restaurant favored by horse racing enthusiasts and steak lovers alike. Since its inception in 1922, The Derby has been serving up a delicious selection of steaks and seafood and top-notch service amid an upscale yet inviting ambience. 233 E. Huntington Drive, 626-447-2430, thederbyarcadia.com

Spanning almost 130 acres, The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden provides plenty of area to roam amid ample flora and fauna. Visitors may feel a sense of déjà vu while exploring Baldwin Lake, which for decades has been used as a filming location for a variety of productions, from Tarzan in the 1930s to Fantasy Island in the 1970s and ’80s and, more recently, Katy Perry’s “Roar” music video in 2013. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., 626-821-3222, arboretum.org

Bowlero’s 10-pin bowling center isn’t the only attraction at this seriously supersized alley—there’s a state-of-the-art arcade that features both classic and modern games, as well as a sports bar. The epic alley is known for its equally epic eats and drinks, including a 6-pound “Behemoth Burger” and the booze-laden, 123-ounce “Dunk Tank” cocktail. With the goods delivered straight to your lane, you’ll want to stay all day. 400 S. Baldwin Ave., 626-264-9750, bowlero.com

While the San Gabriel Valley has no shortage of Asian cuisine, Din Tai Fung is perhaps most synonymous with delicious soup dumplings called xiaolongbao that many swear are the best on this side of the Pacific. Also worth noting: In 2010, the Taiwanese franchise’s Hong Kong branch was awarded a Michelin star—a major coup for an eatery where many menu items ring in at less than $15. 400 S. Baldwin Ave., 626-446-8588, dintaifungusa.com

Just minutes from the bustling city life, Santa Anita Canyon is home to wildlife and miles of hiking trails. To satisfy your inner adventurer, opt for a 3-mile hike to Sturtevant Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the Angeles National Forest at more than 50 feet. Santa Anita Canyon Road, bigsantaanitacanyon.com

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