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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
Ranked #4 of 56 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."
Reviewed March 19, 2013

The gardens are beautiful and the memorial was definitely worth the 1.5 mile walk from town. This is a must see for anyone visiting Catalina Island.

Thank Kate L
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

If you have a few hours and the weather is decent, make the trek up the hill to the Wrigley gardens. The sprawling botanical gardens showcase many of the species endemic to the island and provides a peaceful respite from the noise of Avalon. At the top of the hill is the Wrigley memorial, a hike up the hill and then many stairs (take the left side) is worth the views from under the dome. Beautiful Catalina tile compliments the green valley and ocean views. I try to spend as much time as I can up here every time I visit

1  Thank doctamale
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

As a senior, the $5 Admission was not a big deal. I'm not a botanist, but the plantings here were very interesting.

Loved the Wrigley Memorial. Great views/pictures from the top of the monument.

Two paths to the monument ... the main road and a woodsy path. I took the woodsy path and freaked out over the ever present sound of bees. I was pleased to emerge from the woods without angering any of the denizens.

Chicago Connection (spent 28 years there): The brass doors at the monument and Wrigley himself. Excellent.

3  Thank striderforth
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Beautiful treat to experience when you reach the top of the scenic trail! We got to hike to the top and soak in the beauty from the highest point we could possibly be!

Thank Mrs_Xtina
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I have seen reviews of people saying that this garden didn't look like much to them, but WOW were there some cool succulents and desert plants! Yes, the optional video just off to the left from the entrance is pretty insipid, and no, the gardens are not very big, but the plants are pretty neat if you know what you're looking at.

My boyfriend and I decided to do the "Garden to Sky hike" which starts just to the right of the Wrigley Memorial itself (which is kind of a cool example of what state-of-the-art architecture used to look like). At this point, we had already walked the mile or so, slightly uphill the whole way, to get to the Memorial and Botanic Garden. And once we started on this trail, it got steeper and stayed steeper (maybe 30-40% grade?) for the whole 1.2 miles up to the top of the hill. It was definitely doable, and you SHOULD! The views were so, so worth it, and it felt great to make it all the way to the top. From there, we could see both sides of Catalina Island, and Avalon was just this teeny little cluster of buildings way off in the distance. Seriously some of the best views of the island!

3  Thank robyn987
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