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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 18777788322

The iconic Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa...

The iconic Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa Catalina Island.On the lower level the building features extraordinary Art Deco murals and a classic 1929 pipe organ inside the Avalon Theatre, which still shows movies on its massive screen.The top level of this 12 story high architectural wonder features the beautiful, world-famous Casino Ballroom, a masterpiece of design and a long-standing venue for the world’s best musical performers and big bands. It is also a popular venue for weddings and special events. The only access to the building is through an exclusive Casino Tour offered through Discovery Tours. Once on the tour you’ll soon understand why many call this the most romantic place in Catalina.

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Great Tour :)

This was my first time visiting Catalina and I had to make it point to see the history of the Casino by attending the Casino Walking tour. You will be amazed how beautiful it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my first time visiting Catalina and I had to make it point to see the history of the Casino by attending the Casino Walking tour. You will be amazed how beautiful it is on the inside, (little secret its not an actual Casino) but you will truly enjoy it.

Thank caliatl83
Las Vegas, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the "Behind the Scenes" tour and enjoyed it very much. Our guide was very knowledgable and had several great stories. There are quite a few stairs and incline, so be aware. We loved the tour and went back to a movie that night.

Thank Susilou
Salida, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The casino symbolizes pure happiness for my family and I. Been coming to the island for over four decades, and just took the Casino Tour again this summer. Still an awesome tour, and a must-do for every new visitor. The casino is located directly between Descanso Beach Club and the Green Pier. Some of the best scuba diving in the... More 

Thank Catalina_Lifer
Quincy, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the Behind the scenes tour and it is well worth it. The beauty of the building is easily missed and it is in original shape and should not be missed. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is lost these days. Frankie from Avalon was our guide. don't miss this one We also saw a movie in the theater and... More 

Thank Marcia D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must see place on the island. Right by the ocean. Lots of place to visit and relax nearby. Ticketed tour available.

Thank Xin S
Lakeside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a gambling casino...but a great place to tour..so much history..so many stars danced here..don't miss it!!

Thank Meg48_12
Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very enlightening look into the past hay-day of Avalon's past that was worth the admission price. Informative guides!

Thank JohnOmaha_Nebraska
Stockton, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is NOT a gambling casino! When Wrigley built it, "Casino" meant "gathering place". If you go on your birthday, you can get a free tour. I missed the free tour by about 10 minutes, oh well! Tours are at 11:45 and 2:45. They take about 45 minutes so I wonder why they don't offer them more often? Anyway, I... More 

Thank Jan H
San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the Behind The Scenes tour, and it was great! Our guide, Paul, was very informative. There are only two times for this tour, so it takes some planning if you have a lot of other activities. Walking on stage, seeing the green room, and the Wrigley private lounge were highlights after the ballroom and theater.

Thank Bob M
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Little value for what you pay for, and you only pay $12 so you can imagine how little you actually get. Basically, the the tour will tell you how expensively this casino ("place of gathering" and not gambling) was built in many different ways. That's about it. Plus they show you an old, boring 15 or 20 minute video on... More 

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