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Address: Avalon Canyon, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310 510 0954
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Exhibits and films about Catalina Island’s wildlife, visit with a...

Exhibits and films about Catalina Island’s wildlife, visit with a Naturalist, and get a hiking permit.

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Fun place to stop

We spend about 30 minutes here. It is a small nature center but had plenty to look at and read. It was a nice enjoyable break. Nice bathrooms and drinking fountain. If you have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul W
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Richmond, Utah
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Costa Mesa, California
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quick short visit, but they have done a great job. Good information and friendly staff. I would recommend it.

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Richmond, Utah
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spend about 30 minutes here. It is a small nature center but had plenty to look at and read. It was a nice enjoyable break. Nice bathrooms and drinking fountain. If you have the time stop in for a few minutes.

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Thank Paul W
Costa Rica
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116 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

You must spend more than a couple of days exploring Catalina. There seems to be a great site in each curve and hill you climb. Take this nature center for instance. There is amazing wildlife, perhaps not a lot of it compare to other places of the world but just enough to keep you busy for hours. Check it out!

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Thank Dulce W
Mission Viejo, United States
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

My husband and I stop here every time we visit Catalina because we both love wildlife. It's a nice 15-20 minute walk from Avalon. Make sure you bring water. It's uphill to the center. The nature center contains displays and exhibits about the island. If you want to learn about bald eagles or how the buffalo came to the island,... More 

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Thank Jennifer M
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This old "Interpretive Center" was rechristened a few years back with new exhibits and displays. Some still need refreshing (the information is dated), but still they tell a good story of the programs and challenges of nature conservation on the Island. The videos are wonderful and tell stories in very nice ways. Staff is always helpful and best of all,... More 

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Orange County, CA
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Not too overwhelming a place, so even the kids saw it all without whining. They had some wonderful paintings on display that I think I heard went up for auction on their website, because they feature a new artist every year.

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Thank Stephanie1975a
El Monte, California
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We went to the Botanical Gardens and decided to stop at Nature center. A lot of interesting stuff about the Catalina Island. they also have quite a few films about Catalina. Nice stop

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San Clemente, California
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I loved the paintings they had on display of the Catalina Coast line. It was a small place, but very informative and lovely staff willingly answers any of your questions.

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1 Thank Nadine M
Huntington Beach, California
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172 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

nice rest stop to enjoy - older exhibits, and nice reviews/ history of the island - yet well maintain ... and if you don't want to pay the fee for the botanical gardens - nearby - at least you have something to ' see ' after your hike to this remote area outside of Avalon .

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Thank Roxanne M
Los Angeles, California
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120 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A free nature center with interesting info about Catalina Island. They have a live feed observe the eagles in their nest.

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