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Santa Catalina Island Interpretive Center

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Address: 1202 Avalon Canyon Center, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-2514
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Catalina Island is highly diverse. We learned many cool things there that we observed later in the day while driving around. The woman at the desk was very knowledgeable; I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Sidney, Nebraska
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Sidney, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Catalina Island is highly diverse. We learned many cool things there that we observed later in the day while driving around. The woman at the desk was very knowledgeable; I don't remember her name. The displays were well set up and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Very interesting! I did not get the name of the woman there when we visited the morning of November 1, 2014 but she was knowledgeable, kind and helpful!

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Oak Park, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A lot of information, videos and freindly staff. Learn about the island and you will appreciate it more!

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Kenwood, California
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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

A pleasant stop to learn a little about challenges to the island's plant and animals. Although you have to stop one of the busy volunteers to ask about the Native Americans who clearly used to inhabit the island but who are not mentioned in the materials. Still, a good side trip on the way to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical... More 

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Orange, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I really enjoy visiting Interpretive Centers like this one and the location is great. You can reach it by hiking or by tour, which is how I did it the last couple of times I have been there. The views are great if the weather is cooperative, the information in the center is very interesting and I consider it worth... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

From the Wrigley Memorial we hiked the Garden to the Sky trail as recommended in the interpretive Center. A little steep on the way up, but the views were spectacular. At the top one can see the ocean on both sides of the island. The trail continues for another 6 miles to Avalon. It is 2.8 miles round trip from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is cool if you just "happen" by it but wouldn't thrill a cub scout by way of a field trip. On the other hand I enjoyed the presentation and learned a few things.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

free little joint that shows some of the geological history of the place. Well worth the stop.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

really sorry to see the island so regulated that you have to pay for everything... even hiking. Yes, the hike is free but you go thru the fee area to get to the summit. The nature center plants were fairly redundant and most were not labeled. We would have rented a bike for under $10 but you have to have... More 

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Oceanside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

My Family and I stopped at the interpretive center in our rented gasoline golf cart and spent a few minutes viewing the exhibits. The Center is dedicated to the preservation of Natural Santa Catalina and the exhibits are both interesting and eye catching. My only complaint, there was not enough time (due to our rental contract) to spend more time... More 

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