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Santa Catalina Island Interpretive Center

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Address: 1202 Avalon Canyon Center, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 310-510-2514

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I always stop in here when walking to the Hermit Gulch Trail

I always stop in here while walking on this road. There is info on the indigenous people who used to live on Catalina, endemic animals, geology, etc. I find I learn something new... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2016
Key West, Florida
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Key West, Florida
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

I always stop in here while walking on this road. There is info on the indigenous people who used to live on Catalina, endemic animals, geology, etc. I find I learn something new each time I am in here. The man at the front desk gave me a lot of info on the soap stone quarries, and artifacts found here... More 

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Reviewed 25 August 2015

Very knowledgeable of Catalina's history and the flora and fauna of the island. Definitely becoming a member to help with the conservation of this precious island.

Thank Doug M
Elk Grove, California
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Reviewed 2 July 2015

Our first stop from Carnival Inspiration cruise was Santa Catalina Island. The island was small and you can go around the island by renting a golf cart. Beautiful views when you get to the very top. You can also stop by at the Botanical Garden.

Thank OneSource921
Sidney, Nebraska
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Reviewed 27 February 2015

Catalina Island is highly diverse. We learned many cool things there that we observed later in the day while driving around. The woman at the desk was very knowledgeable; I don't remember her name. The displays were well set up and informative.

Thank bill s
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Reviewed 6 November 2014

Very interesting! I did not get the name of the woman there when we visited the morning of November 1, 2014 but she was knowledgeable, kind and helpful!

Thank Karen F
Oak Park, California
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

A lot of information, videos and freindly staff. Learn about the island and you will appreciate it more!

Thank david m
Kenwood, California
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

A pleasant stop to learn a little about challenges to the island's plant and animals. Although you have to stop one of the busy volunteers to ask about the Native Americans who clearly used to inhabit the island but who are not mentioned in the materials. Still, a good side trip on the way to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical... More 

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Orange, California, United States
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

I really enjoy visiting Interpretive Centers like this one and the location is great. You can reach it by hiking or by tour, which is how I did it the last couple of times I have been there. The views are great if the weather is cooperative, the information in the center is very interesting and I consider it worth... More 

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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

From the Wrigley Memorial we hiked the Garden to the Sky trail as recommended in the interpretive Center. A little steep on the way up, but the views were spectacular. At the top one can see the ocean on both sides of the island. The trail continues for another 6 miles to Avalon. It is 2.8 miles round trip from... More 

6 Thank Betita60
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

This is cool if you just "happen" by it but wouldn't thrill a cub scout by way of a field trip. On the other hand I enjoyed the presentation and learned a few things.

Thank Ruben C

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