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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

125 Clarissa Ave., P.O. Box 2739, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310.510.2897
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Avalon
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
Owner description: The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is a thirty-minute stroll up Avalon Canyon from town center...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is a thirty-minute stroll up Avalon Canyon from town center. Or, take a quick ride by golf cart or bike, or by trolley. The Botanic Garden is the primary gateway to access one of the Island's most popular hikes, the Garden to Sky Trail.

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Rancho Belago,Ca
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Grounds would be spectacular with desert color in spring or early summer. Un fortunately we visited in the midst of a record drought. Memorial is gorgeous, stands out in beautiful colors, tilework is fantastic. Wished I had time to take the trail around to the backside, understand has remarkable views(approx 3miles long-easy to moderate according to sign).

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend at the time was into these gardens, and I usually found them mildly interesting. This one was the best of the bunch. Lots to see, interesting desert flora, and everything's laid out nicely. Highly recommended if you have even the merest smidgen of interest in the subject.

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San Jose, California
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17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Located at the end of Avalon Canyon Rd., this horticultural exhibit is really interesting and beautiful with an array of plants that cannot be found anywhere else. There are some amazing varieties of cacti, succulents and other "desert" types of plants on display here that are both unusual and spectacular, some unlike anything I've ever seen. At the top of... More 

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California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We weren't sure what we would find here based on the mixed reviews, but we were very glad we made the trek up the hill. The cactus and succulent garden was very pleasant for an meander, in spite of the drought conditions. The highlight was the Wrigley Memorial which is a beautifully designed structure featuring the use of native stones... More 

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Ventura, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We rented a golf cart and drove up to the gardens. The memorial was very impressive of a time-gone-by

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Golden, Colorado
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Every type of succulent imaginable with labels on each plant and tree. Spotted a red-headed woodpecker on several of the cactus plants and palms and got some good pictures. The Memorial at the end base of the mountain is a great viewing spot. The Gardens could be kept a little nicer and the fountain could be working and the bathrooms... More 

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Costa Mesa, Ca
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a great place to walk around and explore some different plants and trees, and I understand that they have to charge an entrance fee to keep up on maintenance, but this is not worth the $7 it costs to get in. It is a very clean place and has a great view of Catalina from the memorial, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Enjoyed the different types of plants from different countries and the view from the memorial itself was great.

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Rialto, California
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23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We took the trolley up from the harbor. The botanical garden is well labeled. Many of the plants only grow naturally on one or more of the California islands. The memorial is made many Catalina materials. The view to the ocean is wonderful. We enjoyed walking down the hill back to town.

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Dana Point, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We did the Hermit Gulch Trail and ended in the back of the gardens. We didn't have to pay for it since we took the backdoor, but due to the lack of water, most plants were kinda sorry looking. The memorial is kinda cool. The hike is worth it, if u were just going to see the gardens, maybe not

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