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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 #9 of 17 Attractions in Avalon
Type: Gardens, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Walking
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... more » 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. « less
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Elk Grove, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Very hot and humid on our recent trip in September. The garden opens at 8 every day, go early and beat the heat. Very interesting plants and cacti from the island and from around the world. Memorial was quite impressive.

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La Palma, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a great short trip to add a little something different to your trip to Catalina. You can walk (a little long from town), rent a golf cart, take a taxi or the shuttle (if it is running). We rented a golf cart and also did some cruising around town after we visited the garden. It is a relatively... More

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Thornton, Colorado
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

One thing you should know about Catalina is that getting anywhere involves a lot of walking. The locals all use golf carts and there are only something like 200 cars on the entire island. It's not super far from the beach/hotel area to the garden though. I was surprised by how much there is to see at the garden -... More

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Oakland, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Many visitors to Catalina seem to bypass this place, not sure why. It's definitely worth the trip as it is only a 5 minute miniature golf ride away from Avalon. The garden is not too big that it will take you days to walk through. I would say you can stroll through the many varieties of cactus family in 20... More

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Temecula, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Inland, there is a desert garden, very well kept and interesting to see the many forms of succulents, cactus and drought resistant trees. If you are in good form you can climb up to the memorial to Wrigley. Be careful on hot days to drink water. There is a small museum and shop. They charge for entry.

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Anaheim, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Julie Glass from Hamilton Cove Real Estate is supposedly a 'wedding planner' also and takes the bookings for weddings ceremonies at the beautiful Wrigley Monument. Unfortunately she will not return countless calls or emails to take your booking or actually plan your wedding and from the reviews of her real estate business they operate in the same manner. It boogles... More

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San Bernardino, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

For all of you that are hikers, walkers, nature buffs, etc. this is the place for you! This is a great walk from the town of Avalon up to the Wrigley Memorial, very scenic, lots of wild life, great photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Mr. Wrigley made Catalina Island the tourist destination that it is today….and there is a beautiful memorial build in his honor. It was something we hadn't expected while out tootling around in our golf cart, but certainly a nice surprise in the middle of the island.

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I love the hike from the pier to the gardens. It takes about one hour. you get the real slow life pace of island life on the hike past the golf cource, bird bark and the school. The views are ok, It is the natural plant life I like the best.

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Carlsbad, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The walk from town was longer than expected so we took a trolley to the gardens.That was a lovely ride. The weather was quite hot so for me personally, i was unable to enjoy the various plants that day. It was quite peaceful and I would consider re visiting it when I return to the island!

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