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“Totally Underwhelming”

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is located at the top of Avalon Canyon - just a short 30 minute stroll up from town! The Garden features a collection of native plants from both Catalina Island, and the surrounding Channel Islands. The Garden also features a collection of succulents from around the world. The park is also home to the Wrigley Memorial. This iconic island landmark was built in 1934 in honor of Catalina Island patron William Wrigley Jr. The unique structure incorporates a variety of native rock and stone, as well as the famed "Catalina tile."
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Totally Underwhelming”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

We took the 2 mile walk from the waterfront to the Wrigley Memorial, which was a pleasant 45 minute walk, and arrived at the memorial. The memorial is a cactus garden and indigenous plant garden, built in 1934 and it looks it. The memorial, at the far end of the garden, should be billed as an ancient ruin rather than a memorial to anyone. However, William Wrigley Jr. was the owner of the Chicago Cubs, which is also a ruin that has gone 105 years without winning the World Series, so the place works as a monument to where old Cubs go to die!
They want $7.00 a person to view this wreck. I'd walk up to the gate, take a quick look, and turn around and take the two mile walk back to the harbor and have a coffee and a cookie with the $7 you save.

Visited February 2013
Thank mike_wexler
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Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great memorial and gardens”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

We walked from the harbor to the memorial. the memorial has a spanish theme and is covered in beautiful tiles. the gardens had a large variety of cati and native plants.

You can take great pictures from the top of the memorial.

Visited December 2012
Thank chicagofran2
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Succulents !!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

This was a mellow little walk down a path filled with some of the most beautiful vegetation I have seen. Yes this is a small collection but worth the small fee to see all the little wonders that Ms.Wrigley brought to the island. Mr.Wrigley's memorial is quite the resting place as well with a breath taking view. Thank you to Sue at the Post Office for recommending this lovely place.

Visited December 2012
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San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A wonderful nature walk!”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

We enjoyed the information movies at the beginning of the walking path. We visited during the late afternoon, and loved walking through the gardens in the late sunshine. The Wrigley Memorial has a beautiful view and is a beautiful tribute to Mr. Wrigley! The ticket booth operator was very sweet and helpful. She let us know it was easier to walk up the left ramp to get up to the top - and funner to go down the steps on the left of the memorial when leaving. :)

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Diana B
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Whittier, CA
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Succulants”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

This botanic garden consisted of mostly desert plants. They were beautiful. The hike uphill left us city dwellers out of breath, but the memorial had a breathtaking view of the water.

Visited December 2012
Thank WhittierTraveler
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