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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"
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"cookies"
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"gift shop"
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"landing fee"
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"fun place to visit"
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"short runway"
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"small plane"
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"tour bus"
in 11 reviews
"clean restrooms"
in 7 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 8 reviews
"bumpy ride"
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"catalina island"
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"inland tour"
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"great history"
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"eco tour"
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

The day I was there, it was foggy and the airport looked mysterious & a lil scary. It's fun, it doesn't take long to look around but I'm in aviation so I enjoyed this little airport. It was fun!

Thank R S
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

We came up to the airport with our "safari" tour. Interesting place with great views. You can watch planes land and take off. Gift shop, restaurant and a nature center.

Thank Islandgirl53
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Reviewed 6 April 2016

We visited this airport on the Skyline tour but didn't see any planes take off. There is a gift shop and a little nature center with some photos of animals. There is not much else here.

Thank Alexandra T
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

We went up to the airport with BikeCatalina. Randy transports you up to the airport in about 30 min. He has mountain bikes waiting to ride down to Avalon. Depending on your ability and stops, it can take up to 3 hours to ride down....More

Thank 262beth
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

The landing is a little deceiving - the runway looks really short but it's more that long enough. The Airport in the Sky has a little restaurant and gift store. The bison burgers are really good but the real draw is the giant cookies. Wow...More

Thank Garuba3
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Reviewed 2 March 2016

We took the bus tour up to the Airport in the sky. Vintage bus, narrated ride, beautiful scenery and access to the roads which you just cannot access in a golf car.

Thank Michael N
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Reviewed 28 February 2016

This is an interesting experience because it feels as though one has traveled back in time to another era. There is a cafe and gift shop. Nothing worthwhile in that regard but the experience is worthy of a visit at least once. Maybe hiking up...More

Thank armine21
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Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

It was fun to see the little museum, with very interesting pictures and taxidermy. There's a beautiful construction of the map of Catalina made with tiles, it's just gorgeous, the airport is very small but fair enough for an island.

Thank Karim S
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

We were unlucky in that the day we chose to visit, the weather turned and the sea mist came rolling up the hill. But the cafe is very welcoming!

Thank BobandJosie
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

The Airport in the Sky has been around for a long, long time as a tourist destination. Most visitors are people on tours from Avalon, but a very large number are pilots and their passengers who fly in from the mainland, sometimes just for a...More

Thank Bill G
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G6280XNkarenl
29 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
19 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
28 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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