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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

125 Clarissa Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2897
Review Highlights
Not Much of a 'Garden', Til You Hike up to the Sky

The Botanical Garden itself isn't much to see- cacti and sand for about a block, leading up to a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Los Angeles, California
Well done arid land botanical garden

We liked the great labeling and diverse collection of fauna that require minimal water. Plus the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Redlands, California
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The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is located at the top of Avalon Canyon - just a short 30 minute stroll up from town! The Garden features a collection of native plants from both Catalina Island, and the surrounding Channel Islands. The Garden also features a collection of succulents from around the world. The park is also home to the Wrigley Memorial. This iconic island landmark was built in 1934 in honor of Catalina Island patron William Wrigley Jr. The unique structure incorporates a variety of native rock and stone, as well as the famed "Catalina tile."
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good41%
  • Average21%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“desert plants” (25 reviews)
“native plants” (26 reviews)
“sky hike” (12 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
125 Clarissa Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2897
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Botanical Garden itself isn't much to see- cacti and sand for about a block, leading up to a monument. The real beauty- and the only reason to pay the $8 per person entry fee- is if you take a right past the monument, go...More

Thank davinadawson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We liked the great labeling and diverse collection of fauna that require minimal water. Plus the local had easy access water for the humans there. Had just been raked and tidied up. The memorial was amazing for a small island off the coast of California,...More

Thank artthiel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great starting point for hiking. We walked to the memorial at the top of the hill. The hiking path is just to the right of the memorial. Cost: 7 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for students.

Thank Stephen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love flora (and fauna) you will love walking from Avalon to the Gardens - about 30 minutes' stroll gentle up-hill along the Canyon. The Memorial is a classic Art Deco structure, and the gardens are superb - native species, some indigent to the...More

Thank davidbrook2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A 1.7 mile oneway walk from downtown very comfortable in late December. Probably too hot on the summer. Beautiful mature cactus plantings. A nice view back to the harbor.

Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 11 December 2017

It took us about 45 minutes to hike here from our hotel near the bay. Upon arriving, we learned that the city’s Garibaldi Bus makes the run up here every 45 minutes, and the cost is only $2 per person per ride. Needless to say,...More

Thank Dmarkwind
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

It is not a large botanical garden with s lot of exotic plants. It is well maintained and had a lot of information relative to Catalina and the Wrigleys.

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

Nice enough but nothing spectacular. A good collection of cacti. The memorial at the end is an interesting building. Easy enough to walk to from the town as it's only a shallow incline. A peaceful way to spend an hour.

Thank iaamg
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Meal included alcohol. I love old, historic homes. This one has seen its heyday like so many others. But beautiful... no gardens to see due to the drought. Might consider staying here next time since they include breakfast, lunch, golf cart, appetizers and cocktails. Lovely...More

Thank 639499LizW330
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We here today. Very dry and most plants seemed to be desert style plants. Very well maintained. We went with folks who live on Catalina and are members of the conservatory and we all got in for free.

Thank JimW551
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Joanie F
12 August 2017|
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Response from CatConservancy | Property representative |
Great questions, Joanie! Thank you for your interest! Showcased in the Garden are the cacti and succulents that Mrs. Wrigley collected throughout her world travels, plus plants that grow naturally on Catalina Island and... More
30 August 2016|
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Response from TayaLeReve | Reviewed this property |
We also took the golf cart we rented which is a great way to go so you can explore all of the Avalon area!
Madeline B
12 July 2016|
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Response from Steven J | Reviewed this property |
I'd bring snacks, don't think there's a specific area