Famous for its crystal clear water a glass bottom boat is a perfect way to have some fun and discover the variety of sealife.
The boats are fairly larg and comfortable vessels and brings the undersea world right to you.
You'll visit the Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve, where colorful fish and marine plants thrive among the kelp forests. At night a whole new batch of marine creatures comes out to play. Join in the search for nocturnal creatures such as spiny lobsters, moray eels and horn sharks.
You'll take a trip down memory lane when you visit this old hollywood Icon.
You'll see the extraordinary Art Deco murals and a classic 1929 pipe organ inside the Still showing Avalon Theatre, which still shows movies on its massive screen.
As you tour the beautiful building you will come to the world-famous Casino Ballroom, a masterpiece of design and a long-standing venue for the world’s best musical performers and big bands. You’ll soon understand why many call this the most romantic place in Catalina.
What beats the glass bottom boat ride at Avalon? Why, the semi-submersible vessel, that's what. A real thrill for young or old. If you can be in a semi enclosed area (stairs lead to outside deck) with A/C and large viewing windows underwater, then this is the ride to see all the little fishies in the sea as well as a close up of the giant kelp.
Lasting almost an hour in length, the vessel rides through the Lovers Cove area of the Avalon Bay. Great seating and viewing windows with a live tour guide on board. So, batten down the hatches and be ready to see underwater, up close and personal with the fish and the beautiful kelp beds, without getting wet. I have an under the sea video of the kelp beds and the fish during this boat trip. Visit the Discovery Tours website for details.
The glass bottom boat ride is a must for every first time visitor and a great way to see the bottom of the sea. A teaching tool for the children, to better understand what lies beneath our oceans. The sight of the elephant kelp rising 15-20 feet from the bottom sands is amazing.
Many fish populate the kelp with the orange Garibaldi fish the one that draws the oohs and ahhs of everyone on board. The trip lasts less than an hour and is not expensive. If you are not claustrophobic then try the semi-submersible boat ride. It puts you right with the fish.
The idea for a garden came from Mr. Wrigley’s wife, Ada. In 1935, she supervised Pasadena horticulturalist Albert Conrad, who planted the original Desert Plant Collection. Catalina Island’s temperate marine climate made it possible to showcase plants from every corner of the earth.
In 1969, the Wrigley Memorial Garden Foundation expanded and revitalized the garden’s 37.85 acres. Along with the new plantings came a new attitude. In the same way that the Wrigley Memorial uses primarily native building materials, the Garden places a special emphasis on California island endemic plants. (Plants, which grow naturally on one or more of the California islands, but nowhere else in the world.) Many of these plants are extremely rare, and some are on the Endangered Species list, including the rare Catalina Ironwood.
With its beautiful view of Avalon Bay, the Wrigley Memorial is the centerpiece of the Botanic Garden. Built in 1933-34 by the Chicago architecture firm Bennett, Parsons and Frost. The Wrigley Memorial honors the memory of William Wrigley Jr., who lived from 1861 to 1932, founder of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company chewing gum manufacturer. He truly loved the island and he brought numerous improvements such as public utilities, new steamships, a hotel, the Casino building, and extensive plantings of trees, shrubs and flowers. The Wrigley Memorial was to use as much Catalina materials such as blue flagstone rock on the ramps and terraces comes from Little Harbor. The red roof tiles and all the colorful handmade glazed tiles came from the Catalina Pottery plant, which was in operation from 1927 to 1937. The marble inside the tower was quarried in Georgia.
This is quite the party place. With lots of skimpy swim suits, drinking, eating, sun bathing,load music and drunk people stangering around.....lol! I am sure the men folk will love this part of Avalon...lol! They asked for a $2 charge to use the sandy beach area, which I thought was uncalled for. Huge bar areas, restaurants, patios and covered cabana's for rent.
There many areas of beach front along the main road in Avalon. Nicely located near all the shops and restaurants. They had lifeguards on duty, but his is only during the summer months. Lots of families and children enjoying the soft sands and blue waters. Just keep in mind they are everywhere and some forget where they are at and end up in the streets. Something to keep in mind when your at the beach with you children.
Although I didn't see a movie, the folks here let me take a peek inside and so I took some photo's. What a beautiful building. I am always in awe of its granduer. Inside you will see beautiful Art Deco murals by John Gabriel Beckman and a classic 1929 pipe organ. It features first-run movies and seats 1,184 people. The theatre is 138 feet across and 43 feet high.
Established in 1953 by Philip K. Wrigley, the museum is one of the oldest institutions on the island, and is one of its most popular venues. The museum has built an outstanding permanent collection related to the 8,000 years of human settlement on Santa Catalina Island. The Catalina Island Museum is the repository for all archaeological digs on the island and its collection of archaeological artifacts related to the island. Main Gallery dedicated to Catalina Island's history, added technology throughout the galleries, upgraded the museum's gallery lighting, and introduced a Traveling Exhibitions Gallery. Also the Museum Store carries an extensive collection of monographs and an additional array of products related to not only Catalina Island historty.
Located down by Pebble Beach at Hog's Back gate, descending through Descanso Canyon, you will find some really brave folks experience propeling down 5 separate zip lines dropping from 500 feet to 600 feet above sea level with one run that is 1,100 lineal feet long all on its own at speeds, some pushing 45mph. It looks exciting and fun!
We missed the tour, but maybe you can take advantage of seeing what is inside this beautiful historic building. Tickets are priced at $24 (excludes taxes and fees), please check the web site for any changes to this price. You'll get to see the “green” rooms used by Errol Flynn and Cary Grant, or walk across the stage where Benny Goodman played before thousands of adoring fans. Cecil B. DeMille viewed the “rushes” of the day’s movie shoot in the editing room. This building was truley a playground for the Hollywood's elite during its golden years.
Located toward the back of the Catalina Casino building is Casino Point Marine Park. Established in 1965 by the City of Avalon as a reserve, Casino Point Marine Park has an abundance of marine life, giant kelp forests and several shipwrecks to explore. Several artificial reefs have been established to provide additional habitats.
Scuba Luv offers scuba instruction and guided trips to divers of all skill levels and operates the dive boat King Neptune, a 65-foot vessel complete with showers, TV/VCR, unlimited sodas and water, and plenty of space to mingle, spread your gear, and suit up. There were lots of folks taking advantage of this beautiful area.
For those brave at heart or just brave, parasailing might be the experience your looking for. Some family members have experience this and enjoyed it very much. You can experience 600 or 800 foot flights and you can do this either by yourself, with a friend or with two other friends. I bet the views are fantastic.
What a wonderful experience for family and friends to board a glass bottom boat that offers a view to the underwater world of colorful fish, spiny lobsters, moray eels and horn sharks.