Avalon

Avalon is a resort city on Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California. Avalon is the main settlement on Catalina, and home to the majority of the island's permanent population.

40 things to do

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Pavilion Hotel

The new 71-room, 2-story Pavilion Hotel, formerly the Pavilion Lodge, is 14 steps from the beach. The new design takes advantage of the garden courtyard area by creating semi-private lanais, or outdoor living areas for most of the ground level rooms. The landscaped garden includes a large fire ring and an open air ocean-view lounge area near the front lobby. There is also a new indoor lounge area / hospitality room where guests will find their complimentary continental breakfast in the morning and the complimentary wine and cheese pairing in the afternoon. New amenities also include HD flat screen TV's, upgraded in-room coffee/tea, iHome MP3 players and complimentary use of Apple's new iPads. Packages and specials available.

SLEEP   —  513 Crescent Ave

Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden

1.5 miles (2.4 km) up Avalon Canyon Road from Avalon. Daily from 8AM to 5PM, year round. A memorial to William Wriggley, Jr., founder of the WM Wriggley Jr. Company, renowned for its chewing gum. Mr. Wriggley was also a long-time benefactor of Catalina and was key in assuring that it was protected for future generations. The Botanical Garden features plants that are native to California islands, especially species only found on Catalina Island. Adults: $5, Children under 12: Free.

SEE   —  +1 310 510-2595 —  Map


The Casino

/Art Museum - Casino Point, northwest end of Avalon Harbor. The Casino is an Art-Deco movie palace and ballroom built in 1929 that was once ''the'' place to be for the Los Angeles elite. The tour will take you into the movie theater and up the ramps to the ballroom while the tour guide gives information about the history and unique construction of the casino. Adults: $14.50, Children: $7.25, Seniors: $13

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Catalina Island Museum

Avalon’s only institution devoted to art, culture and the rich history of Santa Catalina Island. The newly renovated Catalina Island Museum includes an expanded museum store, a digital theater, a number of galleries dedicated to the history of the Catalina Island and a new traveling exhibitions gallery. Open daily 10AM - 5PM. Casino building

SEE   —  +1 310 510-2414 —  1 Casino Way


Catalina Express

The most popular way to get to Catalina Island via their fleet of boats. In the summer months, Catalina Express offers about 30 trips a day to Avalon from San Pedro, Dana Point and two ports in Long Beach, downtown and at the Queen Mary.

OTHER   —  +1-800-481-3470 —  Map

Catalina Island Festival of Art

An art festival that has been running annually for more than 50 years, this street fair is free and features artwork from all over the country. The 2016 fair will be held from September 16-18, from 10AM-5PM each day.

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Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup

An annual event where scuba divers dive in Avalon Harbor to remove trash and other items from the floor of the harbor. This is the only day of the year that scuba divers are allowed to dive in the harbor.

DO   —  Map

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals

Provides vacation rentals in private homes and condominiums in Avalon and Hamilton Cove. A call ahead is necessary to make arrangements for picking up keys and getting directions to the vacation rental.

SLEEP   —  119 Sumner Ave


Catalinaferries

Has two boats making trips daily in the summer and also have a special winter schedule. It's a great way to get out of town without having to drive out of town.

OTHER   —  Map

Catalina Divers Supply

Green Pier and Casino Point., . A complete scuba outfitter providing rentals, instruction and guided trips from their 42-foot (12 m) dive boat ''Cat Dive''.

DO   —  +1 310 510-0330 —  Map

Catalina Conservancy Ball

Avalon Casino. A black tie event that includes dinner, big band dancing and silent and live auctions to benefit the Catalina Island Conservancy.

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Descanso Beach Club

On the north side of the casino. A beach front bar and restaurant. Showers, chair and umbrealla rentals and restrooms are available.

SEE   —  +1 310 510-7410 —  Map

Brown's Bikes

Rentals and bike repair. Hourly rates are from $5 to $15 per hour, depending on the type of bike. Daily rates are from $12 to $40.


Scuba Luv

A complete scuba outfitter providing rentals, instruction and guided trips from their 65-foot (19 m) dive boat ''King Neptune''.


Silent Film Benefit

A silent film screening featuring live musical accompaniment on the historic Page organ in the Avalon Casino's Theatre.

DO   —  Map

Lover’s Cove Undersea Gardens

Just a few minutes from the boat landing in Avalon, this cove features giant kelp forests and hundreds of fish.

DO   —  Map

Casino Point Marine Park

At the edge of Casino Point. Artificial reefs, a kelp forest and shipwrecks provide opportunities to explore.

DO   —  Map

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports

Kayak rentals and tours with experienced guides. Specialty tours such as a sunset tour and an astronomy tour.

DO   —  +1 310 510-1226 —  Map

Pottery & Tile Extravaganza

A month long exhibition of locally made Catalina tile including walking tours of examples of installed tile.

DO   —  +1 310 510-2414 —  Map

Catalina Island Golf Course

A 2,100 yard, nine-hole golf course with two sets of tees to provide 18-hole play. Call for current prices.


Wet Spot Rental

Avalon Boat Pier., . Kayak and paddle boat rentals. Wet Spot also has another location in Little Harbor.

DO   —  +1 310 510-2229 —  Map

New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31 - Ring in the New Year in the Casino Ballroom. Reservations are accepted beginning in July.

DO   —  +1 310 510-1520 —  Map

Catalina Island Triathlon

A half-mile swim in Avalon Bay, a 16K cycle course around Mt. Ada and a 5K run past the golf course.

DO   —  +1 714 978-1528 —  Map

Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run

An annual benefit run from Avalon to Two Harbors and back. Proceeds benfit local charities.

DO   —  Map

Catalina Passenger Service

Operates the ''Catalina Flyer'' on a daily round-trip service from Newport Beach.

OTHER   —  Map

The Avalon Ball

Recreating the Big Band scene of the 1920s and 30s in the Avalon Ballroom.

DO   —  Map

Joe's Rent-A-Boat

Joe's rents kayaks by the hour as well as paddle boards and motor boats.

DO   —  +1 310 510-0455 —  Map

Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival

A 3-weekend, nine-night jazz festival held in the Casino Ballroom.

DO   —  Map

Church Mouse Marlin Invitational

A non-profit marlin fishing tournament to benefit Cataline youth.

DO   —  +1 310 820-4434 —  Map

Rubber Ducky Derby

A rubber duck race to benefit the children's theater company.

DO   —  +1 310 510-1987 —  Map

Descanso Beach

Just north of the Casino. Rental equipment available.

DO   —  +1 310 510-1226 —  Map

Aurora Hotel & Spa

Romantic modern hotel & spa in downtown Avalon.

SLEEP   —  137 Marilla Ave

Catalina Marathon

A 26.2 mile run from Two Harbors to Avalon.

DO   —  Map

Catalina Auto & Bike Rental

Bicycle and golf cart rental.

OTHER   —  +1 310 510-0111 —  301 Crescent Ave


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