Highlights of Pasadena: The Explosive Escape

4.47 (17 ratings)
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It’s up to you to prevent a nuclear apocalypse! Explore the streets of Pasadena through the eyes of the greatest minds of the 1930s to stop the biggest disaster of all. Discover a secret 1912 typewriter company that’s still in operation, learn the real story behind the first-ever cheeseburger, visit your favorite film locations and uncover well-kept secrets of the Crown City.
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Places you will visit


It will take you

71-101 mins

You will walk

5910 steps

Total distance

4.5 km


  • - Uncover the crumbling remains of an influential building that put Pasadena on the map.

  • - Discover why one of the most influential Asian-inspired buildings stands in Southern California.

  • - Visit the oldest bookstore in Pasadena and learn why Pasadena locals can’t stay away.

  • - Find Pasadena’s well-hidden restaurants and bars in an unlikely historic spot.


It’s your first day as a janitor at Caltech and you find yourself in an abandoned lab. A large red button sits on a desk. Always curious, you press it. You look at the desk and see a note. “Tolman, this isn’t something I’m proud of but it’s the only way to defeat the Germans at their own game. This button releases a nuclear bomb. I’ve hidden eight devices around town to disarm it.” With the note still in your hand, you race out of the room. You must find clues to stop this before it’s too late. 

Game route

Starting point Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
Finish point Pasadena Senior Center Public Art Einstein & Beyond
85 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
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Eric Müllenbach

21 Jan 2023


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29 Dec 2022

James Mccarthy

27 Dec 2022

Molly Kron

03 Oct 2022
I had a lot of fun! My only complaint is that one of the questions asked how many groups of something were present but the correct answer was how many total were present which made it impossible to get the answer correct. I learned so much about Pasadena, though! I would recommend!

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  • Discover new places

    As you walk and tour around the city, you will visit new cool places.

  • Solve puzzles, crack riddles

    You will test your wits and exploring abilities with fun challenges.

  • Learn fun history

    Each place comes with its own bit of history that you'll discover as you walk.

  • Role-play

    Put yourself in the shoes of a famous fictional character and play out their story.


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