It’s that time of year when we gather with family for a traditional turkey dinner, watch some football, have a little pumpkin pie, and then spend the rest of the weekend lounging around on the sofa in a food-induced coma.

Maybe this is the Thanksgiving you break from tradition and try something new. I don’t mean serving ham instead of turkey. Or watching golf instead of football. I’m talking about getting off the sofa, taking advantage of your four-day weekend, and taking off for a fun family outing on Catalina Island.

Yes. Catalina is open for Thanksgiving. In fact, it’s one of the best times to visit the island. The summer crowds are gone. The weather’s pleasant. And the clean, clear island air is filled with a relaxed holiday vibe. So you might be wondering, “What’s there to do on Catalina in November?” In a word, Plenty.

Getting There Is Half the Fun

The fun begins even before you get to the island. The kids will love going up top on the ferry ride over to watch for dolphins and humpback whales, which start their migration south in November. Before you know it, colorful hillside homes and the iconic Casino will appear on the horizon as you approach the scenic harbor town of Avalon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you decide to give your oven a break and head over for Thanksgiving dinner, Avalon Grille, just steps from the bay, is offering a special 3-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including dessert. Or stop by Descanso Beach Club for smoked turkey legs and tasty side dishes in a relaxed ocean-front setting. Whether you eat at home or on the island, Catalina offers countless ways to work off the calories while you enjoy some family fun.

Find Your Adventure

Take a scenic stroll along the waterfront to the Casino for a narrated walking tour of Avalon’s 90-year-old Art Deco icon. Or play a round of mini golf at Golf Gardens. Known for its unique par-54 layout, this challenging course will keep the whole family entertained for hours.

If you’re feeling energetic, go for a hike in the hills and take in amazing views of the harbor. Another way to enjoy Catalina’s natural beauty is to climb aboard an open-air biofuel Hummer for an exciting expedition deep into the island’s interior. Who knows? You just might spot some Bison along the way.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you’re into the ocean, the waters around Catalina Island are famous worldwide for their clarity and diversity of marine life. And the best way to explore the wonders below the surface is aboard the Undersea Expedition on a journey of discovery through Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve.

Why not make it a Thanksgiving you’ll never forget and take off for two hours of high-flying excitement on Catalina’s top-rated Zip Line Eco Tour. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind adventure, where you zigzag across Descanso Canyon and through the trees on five separate lines at speeds up to 35 mph. And the views are amazing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Come for the Day - Or Stay and Play

There’s so much to see and do on Catalina, you might consider extending your getaway with a Catalina Island Company Boat & Hotel Package, which includes round trip on Catalina Express and accommodations at the newly-renovated Hotel Atwater. Discover Catalina with your family this Thanksgiving. VisitCatalinaIsland.com for details, or call 877.778.8322.