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“The views from the Memorial are breathtaking”

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
Ranked #3 of 55 things to do in Avalon
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Owner description: The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is a thirty-minute stroll up Avalon Canyon from town center. Or, take a quick ride by golf cart or bike, or by trolley. The Botanic Garden is the primary gateway to access one of the Island's most popular hikes, the Garden to Sky Trail.
Walnutport, Pennsylvania
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“The views from the Memorial are breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2010

Worth the walk. Take your time & enjoy all the beauty. From the top of the Memorial you'll be rewarded with a truly spectacular view.

1 Thank BarbaraK2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fantastic Garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2010

Disclaimer: If you're not into gardens or walking, this is not for you.

This is a beautiful garden. It has a fantastic collection of desert plants, including enormous, very old cactii. I think the cactus garden rivals the one at the Huntington Library. The memorial is also interesting, but the garden was the really pleasant surprise for me.

If you enjoy hiking, then a great thing to do is to come into the botantical gardens the back way--at the end of a loop trail that begins with the Hermit Gulch Trail. This trail branches off to the right of the main road (just after the camp grounds that are on the main road leading up to the memorial). The hike is about 2-3 hours and is beautiful. You can get more detailed hiking instructions from the conservancy office in town. A bonus is that the botanical gardens are free if you come in through the back way.

3 Thank JessicaTye
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Newport Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great Views on the way up, and at the Memorial”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2009

My husband and I stayed in Catalina in September of 2007, and visited again for the day while on a Catalina/Ensenada cruise, in October of 2008. On both visits, we walked up from the Avalon harbor, past the golf course, and into Hermit Gulch Campgrounds on the right, and hiked up to the top. Hermit Gulch is where we hit the top, it depends what trail you take and which way you go up. I guess most people enter the Botanical Gardens and make it to the Wrigley Memorial by entering (and paying the nominal fee) at the entrance to the gardens...but if you hike up from the other side (starting at a trail that begins inside the Hermit Gulch Campground), you hit the top with some spectacular views, then you come down through the Memorial, then the gardens, and bypass the entry fee. We don't really go this way to skip the fee, it's just a few dollars...we go this way because the hike up from the trail inside the campground is a good, long one, and then you get to end the whole thing with a trip through the botanical gardens, and the Wrigley memorial, instead of starting there and then having to hike up and down a long hiking trail. We'd rather do that part first.

If you don't like hiking or nature, this is not for you. But the payoff at the top is worth every step! We actually got engaged on the first visit, at the top of the hill, with views of the mainland, Avalon harbor, and the Channel Islands. Amazing.

We are going back in 2 weeks for our 1st wedding anniversary, and this hike is definitely on our list of things to do.

9 Thank Allens08
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Montebello, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2009

This was so boring! Its a long walk, so if you like to walk then its great. The garden is like walking thru a desert. The only lovely thing is that at the end theres a lovely building.... huge with a lovely view.

1 Thank ericaberryy
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San Mateo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful Garden!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2008

My husband and I went to Catalina Island for our honeymoon in March. One of our favorite things on the island was the journey through the Botanical Garden! It was gorgeous, and the variety of plants and trees was breathtaking! We took lots of pictures, and plan to go back again, maybe for our 5th anniversary, and see if anything new has been added to the garden.

6 Thank Nasarow
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