Tour Locations | Avalon City Tour

  • LOCATION 1

    Start the Tour

    Hi there, and welcome to the Avalon city tour. You should be standing in front of the Wrigley Fountain on Crescent Ave.

    My name is Matthew and I am one of the 4000 residents of Catalina. Being a...

  • LOCATION 2

    Welcome

    MATT: Good job, you have triggered your first point. I have our Island Buddy, Avalon City Mayor Annie Marshall, who wants to formally welcome you. As she talks, walk down Crescent Ave, past the lar...

  • LOCATION 3

    Who owns Catalina?

    Veer left up ahead, and follow the brick pavers along the harbor away from town.

    There have been many owners of the Island, but the most influential has been William Wrigley, Jr. He visited her...

  • LOCATION 4

    Old Ben

    Can you see the large bronze seal statue ahead, in the middle of a long patch of grass? That's where we're heading next. I'll meet you there.

  • LOCATION 5

    Holly Hill

    MATT: Let's stop here for a while. Have a seat on the curved brick bench in front of you while I tell you about the statue, and the area you're in now.

    [4 SECOND PAUSE]

    Here is the statue ded...

  • LOCATION 6

    Out the Pier

    Now take a right here and follow the wooden walkway.

    [3 SECOND PAUSE]

    Welcome to the Green Pleasure Pier. This is the geographical center of town and a main stop for any activities you'd like...

  • LOCATION 7

    Chime Tower & Zane Grey

    Stop here, and look out over the railing on your left, and we'll discover one of Avalon's famous residents.

    Look towards the large circular casino across the bay. Have you found it? Now continu...

  • LOCATION 8

    Marilyn

    Continue to walk down Crescent Ave, past the fountain we started at.

    Celebrities have been coming to Avalon since the film industry first started. John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan, Geo...

  • LOCATION 9

    Bus

    Follow the pavers on your right, past the restaurants.

    There are limited choices of transportation on the island but my favorite is right in front of you. The Garibaldi, our air-conditioned cit...

  • LOCATION 10

    Moorings

    MATT: We are going walk out to the casino now. Along the way we'll meet another of our Island Buddies, John King, a local fisherman and author.

    JOHN: Hey Gang. I’m known around Avalon as Capt. J...

  • LOCATION 11

    Tuna Club

    MATT: As you walk, look to your right, at the building with the incredible statue of a leaping tuna chasing a flying fish. Here's Captain John again, to tell you more.

    JOHN: This is the Tuna clu...

  • LOCATION 12

    Porschai & Postcards

    MATT: Up ahead and on your left is a series of tiles that represent vintage postcards. Go over to them and stop for a closer look. They provide me the perfect opportunity to introduce you to our ne...

  • LOCATION 13

    Buffalo

    PORSCHIA: Here are the buffalo! Stop again to take a closer look. They are actually known as Bison and roam the hills of the island with a current herd of about 150. You may wonder how they came he...

  • LOCATION 14

    Casino

    The Catalina Casino... Many people aren’t even aware it exists until they’re pulling into the harbor for the first time. Follow this path straight towards the entryway and I'll introduce you.

    Th...

  • LOCATION 15

    The Grand Entrance

    As impressive as this building is from afar, you really start to appreciate the true elegance and workmanship that went into this amazing structure when you first set foot in the entryway.

    Let's...

  • LOCATION 16

    Descanso

    Walk over to the edge of the water now, and stop to take in the view or snap a few pictures.

    [3 SECOND PAUSE]

    Swaying palm trees, crystal clear waters, waves lapping at the coast, and permeat...

  • LOCATION 17

    Underwater Wonderland

    MATT: Stay close to the seawall on your left, and follow it all the way around the casino. While you walk, look out to the row of buoys on the ocean.

    These mark the borders of the Casino Dive Pa...

  • LOCATION 18

    Movies

    Continue walking to the road.

    With its close proximity to LA, an exotic atmosphere, and the many celebrities that loved to spend time here, the island has been the perfect backdrop for many mov...

  • LOCATION 19

    Take a left

    MATT: Continue back into town.

    I'd like to delve into some of the mysteries of Catalina. And who better to tell us about that than our next Island Buddy, author and filmmaker Jim Watson.

    Our...

  • LOCATION 20

    Carts & Swanson House

    Keep following the shoreline back into town. On the way let's answer the big question. Why does everyone drive golf carts?

    Islanders get around in a lot of ways. We like to bike, and walk our be...

  • LOCATION 21

    Wrigley Mansion

    While we walk alongside the ocean, look across the bay again and up to the top of the hill. See the large, green-and-white Georgian-style estate?

    That's the Wrigley Mansion. This stunning estate...

  • LOCATION 22

    Almost Done

    Keep walking till you are back at Wrigley fountain.

    We are just about ready to wrap our tour up. But you may be asking, what should I do next?

    I would take the short Catalina Dine & Do Tour. ...

  • LOCATION 23

    Outro

    Stop here at the fountain. Our tour has officially come to the end. I want to thank you for spending your time with us. We love that you came to visit and that we could share our world with you!

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