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“Quick fun stop ”

Nature Center at Avalon Canyon
Ranked #25 of 58 things to do in Avalon
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Owner description: Exhibits and films about Catalina Island’s wildlife, visit with a Naturalist, and get a hiking permit.
Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

We walked there from the boat dock and it was an enjoyable walk. Took approximately 1 hour because we made many stops along the way. The Nature Center is located towards the most distal part of the Island, so if you walk there, you will have the opportunity to do a lot of things such as sightseeing, playing at parks (if you have children), sitting down in the shade, seeing wild animals such as deer, birds, and squirrels. There are also at least three public bathrooms on the way and an interesting "Bird Park" that seemed to be closed. If you did not make any stops, you could walk to the Nature Center from the dock easily in 20-30mins. My 7 year old daughter easily made the walk without any complaints.

Nature Center: small and doable in about 15 minutes. There are also clean bathrooms inside and someone working at the front desk to answer your questions. They sell stuffed animals and some little souvenirs that were a little more expensive than the items found on the Green Pier. There was a coloring station that consisted of a small table and two little chairs, pictures and coloring pages were provided. There was a digital microscope and we spent some time placing everyday objects underneath for viewing (dollar bills, hands, nails). There were also some interesting facts and an iPad connected to a large screen TV...wasn't operating the day I visited but I think it was supposed to be display a short video.

Afterwards, we did not want to visit the Wrigley Monument nor the Gardens, so we took the bus back to the Pier. Bus cost $2/person and arrives every 20 minutes. The stop was situated less than a one minute walk from the Nature Center.

Overall, it's a quick place to stop if your'e visiting the Island. Something fun to add to the itinerary for the day.

1  Thank Linda N
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Reviewed May 31, 2017

On your way to the botanical garden be sure to stop by the nature center. It is free and has enough information to keep you busy for 30 minutes to an hour. Take your time, because it is the only way to truly appreciate the delicate ecosystem of this unique island. You will find information on the flora and fauna and how they came about. You will find that some of the animal and plant species are more than unique. And of course the damage done to this precious natural heritage by mankind, and the current fight for its preservation.

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CatConservancy, Public Relations Manager at Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Thanks for your review! It sounds like you really took the time to explore our Nature Center - that's awesome! Come visit us again the next time you're on the island.

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Reviewed March 17, 2017

This is another tour you must do, if this is your first time in Catalina Island. Take the tour, its worth it.

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CatConservancy, Public Relations Manager at Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Thanks for your review! Come visit us again soon.

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Reviewed February 14, 2017

We decided to do this tour because we all love animals. not such a big place but definitely had lots of information for you. Including plants etc of the island.

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CatConservancy, Public Relations Manager at Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Thanks for stopping by our Avalon Nature Center and for posting your review!

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Reviewed November 29, 2016

Although this is a small place, it did have some interesting facts about the island. So, if you are interested in some history, and indigenous facts about animals, birds, wildlife and plants on the island, then you will enjoy it here. Also, the receptionist was so friendly and nice! We visited with her for awhile just asking and learning from her about life in general on the island for locals.

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