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Airport in the Sky

1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0143
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The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Catalina Island, 10 miles from the city of Avalon. It's a great destination by tour or shuttle bus, bicycle, on foot whether hiking the Trans Catalina Trail or walking over from Black Jack, or of course, via private or chartered small plane. Its single 3,250-foot-long runway was constructed by blasting and leveling two adjacent peaks, then using the resulting debris to fill in the gaps.The image is of a T-34 Beechcraft that flew in to participate in one of the Airport in the Sky's monthly Aeroclub Fly-In Days.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“buffalo burger” (36 reviews)
“cookies” (80 reviews)
“gift shop” (51 reviews)
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1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 310-510-0143
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"buffalo burger"
in 36 reviews
"cookies"
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"gift shop"
in 51 reviews
"landing fee"
in 8 reviews
"fun place to visit"
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"short runway"
in 5 reviews
"small plane"
in 5 reviews
"tour bus"
in 11 reviews
"clean restrooms"
in 7 reviews
"nice stop"
in 7 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 8 reviews
"bumpy ride"
in 5 reviews
"catalina island"
in 20 reviews
"inland tour"
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"great history"
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"eco tour"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A nice place to rest after a long day of exploring. Great food - burgers and fries. Fresh homemade cookies.

Thank Trounder
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We stopped here during our jeep tour. It's neat to see a small airport up close (just a "no pedestrians beyond this point" sign separating you from the runway). But there isn't a lot to see. There's a hangar, a little shop and cafe, and...More

Thank Anita8IceCream
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Nice bus ride from Avalon to Airport in the Sky. It's a mini tour of Catalina. Nice little restaurant you can get a hamburger or sandwiches. Little area to buy souvenirs from. I like to go to have lunch here.

Thank Patricia J
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

We came over for one night on Easter this year and wanted to take the kids to the interior of the island. The tours were nice but seemed very expensive considering we simply wanted to explore. My brilliant wife figured out we could take the...More

1  Thank ddonati
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

This is a VERY small airport. You could pass right by it and not even know. We stopped here on the tour and it is a fun place to shop around for a little and grab a quick bite to eat. The airport is so...More

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

The Airport was part of a tour we were on. The grounds are clean and a nice place to get off the bus and take a short walk around. There is a good gift shop and their cookies are big and fresh. Try the chocolate...More

Thank 599RobertB
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We took a tour of the inland part of the island and conservancy and stopped at the airport for lunch. Sandwiches were great but the cookies were to die for! Also great views.

1  Thank Barb P
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Crazy way to get in and out of Avalon. Very short run way. Cookies are as good as they say. Nice hiking around the area and beyond. Worth the bumpy ride to get there

1  Thank teacherbetsy
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The airport is at 1,600 feet with a excellent view of the island. Small planes land or leave occasionally. The cookies at the restaurant are really excellent and worth the trip.

1  Thank Kenneth B
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

We rode the conservancy van from Avalon plaza to get up here. The tickets can be purchased at the Catalina Conservancy or online for about $32 r/t. We were lucky to see several restored WWII planes fly into the airport while we were there. We...More

Thank WestwoodTrekker
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G6280XNkarenl
30 March 2018|
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Response from teacherbetsy | Reviewed this property |
Never looked into it so I don't know. might be a private airport. my cousin flew his plane in many years ago from Denver
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Mark B
20 October 2015|
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Response from Marti B | Reviewed this property |
Pebbly Beach where they land is just east of where the boats (Catalina Express,etc...) bring in their passengers. It was built for the movie stars and special guests to land wihtout having to go through the main debarking... More
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travelbuggy85
29 August 2015|
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Response from CarlosLdelaRosa | Reviewed this property |
You can take one of the vans called Wildlands Express that would take you to the airport and back. They are located on the main Avalon tours plaza. White vans operated by the Catalina Islamd Conservancy. And yes, they will... More
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