Whether it's a cruise to the California coast or a West Coast Getaway, when you plan a cruise, you'll have the chance to visit historic Catalina Island. Even though a Catalina Island day trip is only a short cruise from Los Angeles, you'll feel like you're pulling up to the Caribbean when you arrive. During a Catalina Island tour, you can tour the Avalon Theater go kayaking through pristine water and much more. This little island offers some big surprises.
Go Back in Time
The Catalina Casino, believe it or not, has nothing to do with gambling. Built in 1929 by William Wrigley, Jr., the chewing gum magnate who developed Catalina Island as a resort, the casino (from the Italian word for "gathering place") became the place to party on Catalina. It features a breathtaking balcony, Art Deco masterpieces, the Avalon Theater (which can accommodate 1,250 guests), and the largest circular ballroom in the world.
The casino is not the only property in Catalina that Wrigley put his mark on. During your Catalina Island day trip be sure to make plans for Mount Ada. Named for Wrigley's wife, Mount Ada is a grand 1921 mansion that was once the couple's home. You can visit this famed six-bedroom home, located high atop a hill, and take in the beautiful views of Catalina Island and Avalon Canyon it overlooks.
The Catalina Botanical Gardens, are located within Avalon Canyon. Built in 1935 by Ada Wrigley, the 37.85-acre expanse boasts plants from around the world. As you stroll through this serene, sun-dappled garden, look for the Wrigley Memorial, which is the centerpiece of the gardens. Made from the island's own stones, this memorial pays tribute to the many improvements the Wrigley family brought to Catalina.
The Wrigley's influence doesn't stop there. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the Chicago Cubs, owned by Wrigley, traveled to Catalina Island for spring training. Once you've seen the teams former training ground, you may be inspired to exercise during your Catalina day trip. Embark on a kayak expedition through the coastline and learn about local wildlife from conservancy-trained expert guides.
If you want to take a closer look at Catalina's bustling sea life, take a dive on a snorkel tour of Lovers' Cove. After you float over rock reefs and kelp forests, you can try your hand at feeding the fish.
Love pottery? Silver Canyon Pottery, based in Catalina, offers studio tours and opportunities for you to make your own pottery. Silver Canyon products are also sold at the Catalina Island Museum, as well as various retail outlets.
Plan your Catalina Island day trip as part of your California Princess experience.