Getting in/out of taxis; on/off open-air tram. Walking about 1/2 mile; six ramps inside casino (no elevator).
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted pastries, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll walk back to the hotel and then take taxis to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Accompanied by our Group Leader, we’ll go on a self-directed exploration through the garden that has a special emphasis on California island endemic plants including those that grow naturally on one or more of the California islands and nowhere else in the world. The short walk up to the Memorial is well worth the commanding views of Avalon Bay. The memorial honors William Wrigley, Jr. (1861-1932), founder of the chewing gum company of the same name. It is the centerpiece of the Botanic Garden and was built in 1933-34 with the goal of using as many Catalina materials as possible. From the garden, we will board an open-air tram for a ride through town led by a local expert. We will be able to experience the enchantment of Avalon everywhere we turn on this mile ride along the beachfront, up the hillsides, and through the heart of town. It’s the perfect introduction to the town of Avalon. We’ll see postcard-perfect views and colorful, local spots as our expert provides interesting Catalina Island highlights and history.
On your own to have what you like in Avalon. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
We’ll be joined by a knowledgeable expert who will take us on a walk down memory lane to the days when bands were big and movies were just beginning to talk. We’ll explore the Avalon Theater with its extraordinary Art Deco murals and classic 1929 theater pipe organ. Situated above the theater, we will continue our expert-led walk up six ramps to the beautiful, renowned Casino Ballroom and enjoy the scenic view of Avalon Bay from the outdoor balcony. We’ll learn about the history and culture of these iconic places.
On your own to enjoy what you like in Avalon.