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Catalina Island's North American Bison

More than a century ago, William Wrigley Jr. set out to create a “playground for all” on Catalina Island. Today, nearly one million people from all walks of life visit Catalina each year to enjoy everything from a relaxing day at Descanso Beach Club to an exciting ride on the Zip Line Eco Tour . But…

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A Step Back in Time: Bird Park

Catalina Island's Bird Park Catalina Island’s Bird Park opened in 1929 and was a popular attraction in Avalon for over 35 years. Admission to the park was free. It was considered the world’s largest bird park at the time, covering almost seven and a half acres in Avalon Canyon, across from the…

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The Catalina Wine Mixer is Real

The Fictional Event Comes to Life on Catalina Island Yes, it's true. The Catalina Wine Mixer was a fictional event. Those familiar with the Will Ferrell movie Step Brothers will get the reference to the Catalina Wine Mixer. The characters in the film, Dale and Brennan, played by John C Reilly and…

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Rainy Day Activities

Rainy Day Activities in Avalon Wondering what to do on Catalina Island on a rainy day? We've compiled a list of ideas to keep your day full of fun! Tour the Catalina Casino. The Casino Walking Tour is offered twice daily and lasts about 40 minutes. The Behind the Scenes Casino Tour is a little more…

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A Step Back in Time: Holly Hill House

The Holly Hill House In 1888, Peter Gano, a civil engineer and talented craftsman from Pasadena, began building a beautiful Queen Anne architectural style cottage on Avalon’s southern hillside overlooking Avalon bay. Mr. Gano came to love the island when he was helping to create the island’s first…

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Catalina Chimes Tower

Assuring the Future of the Catalina Chimes Tower First time visitors to Avalon are often deeply moved by the sights and sounds of this beautiful seaside hamlet. The iconic Catalina Casino is invariably the first sight most see as they approach the harbor, and often the first sound they hear once…

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