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Catalina Island Casino

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Ranked #2 of 16 attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Casinos
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Dancing
Traveler Description: The Catalina Casino has been the focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment and culture since it opened in 1929. Built in just 14 months by... more »
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Las Vegas, Nevada
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you are in southern Ca, don't miss this. It's a great day trip. There are camp grounds, hotels, restaurants, and a golf course. . All reasonable priced. Take the open air tour bus. It takes you all over the island. Golf cars, and bikes are available for rental, by the day or hour. They even have a heard of... More

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Foothill Ranch, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
61 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

A protected marine park is at the Catalina Island Casino (Casino Point). There are stairs that lead down into the water, which is awesome during high tide. Not so awesome in low tide; however better than crawling over the rocks. A very large grouper calls this park home. Wander around to the right to find the Jacques Cousteau memorial plaque.... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Such a pretty building, iconic in every way. The tours are only at set times, so be sure you get that sorted out before you walk all the way down there and then get disappointed to find out you just missed it (like we did).

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The beautiful Casino (not a gambling casino) is a must-see. Before you enter the building you will find great tilework and paintings in the arched entryway. There are spectacular Art Deco paintings and architectural details inside the theatre, and the walnut paneling in the lobby is amazing. They show one movie a week, and if the movie interests you in... More

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Sacramento, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Had a wonderful time in Catalina, took the golf cart ride for a 1 hr trip around the island. Walked the tourist area and enjoyed ice cream cones before catching the tender back to the ship.

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Palm Desert, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It has been awhile since we visited the Island. It has a wonderful and quaint village, it is so enjoyable to walk about the area. the Beautiful Building that is now a "casino" was attended by my parents in the 30's, and my brother took his date there for their Prom dance in the 40's. All the Big Bands played... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This tour is a good way to orient yourself on the history of Avalon when you first arrive. The short film is informative, and the theatre and ballroom are gorgeous and impressive.

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Tampa, FL
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The Casino building is beautiful and we highly recommend touring the interior, but do take the "behind the scenes tour" if you can. The regular tour is very hurried--we were told we couldn't even use the restrooms (not that we needed to, just giving an example :-)) b/c there was no time and everyone had to "be out before the... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Not a gambling hall but a magnificently designed building in the grand style of the twenties. Take the tour. Massive, stunning grand ball room and theater are still in use for special events and weekly movies. Museum below is quaint and non-commercial and presents a good history of Catalina and its visitors. Views from the waterside walkways behind the building... More

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Lake Forest, California, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Casino is an amazing old building with beautiful artwork all over it. It's such a unique piece of history. I visit it every time I'm on the island! The last tour I took was a bit of a disappointment, though. The lady rushed us through and then spent too long singing the Catalina song to us rather than telling... More

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