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Nature Center at Avalon Canyon

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Address: Avalon Canyon, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 310-510-0954

Exhibits and films about Catalina Island’s wildlife, visit with a...

Exhibits and films about Catalina Island’s wildlife, visit with a Naturalist, and get a hiking permit.

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small but very informative

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.

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
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Tracy, California
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

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

Thank MaryandLisa0916
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 14 February 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.

Thank C R
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 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... More 

1 Thank Cinda10
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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Very nice little museum! You get to know more about the wild life of the island and can see the amazing work that people have done to protect it. Love it! Also the person that was there to help visitors was really knowledgeable about the wildlife and was really nice, don't hesitate to ask her questions!

Thank Ornella B
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Very informative visitor center. It shares history and conservation efforts. The Eagle Egg swap program was very interesting! I stopped here to get my hiking permits. The process was quick and the young lady who helped was very friendly. Hiking permits are free but they do recommend a $3 donation/hiker.

Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
Lakeside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Nature Center is a great place to get an idea of Catalina..has the local soapstone that the natives used...really interesting stone to feel

Thank Meg48_12
LA, California
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

This lovely little visitor center was a welcome sight on my uphill walk to the botanical gardens. It has been completely redone, and the exhibits are nicely put together. All in all, this is a very small and short stop, but if you watch all the videos and use the restrooms, you could spend an hour here (which we did).

Thank gmjpeach
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Was brought for a stop by a bus tour company to see the eagles being cared for by the center. It was beautiful and wonderful to see these majestic birds being cared for by the center. Very uplifting to experience. Great job.

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Pasadena, California
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120 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

The locals know that the restrooms here are nice and clean, but nature buffs will enjoy the interpretive displays about the flora and fauna of Catalina Island - there is so much more to learn about, beyond the tourist trappings of Avalon alone.

Thank Ray Q
San Diego, California
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Stopped at the Nature Center during the inland excursion, got to see the two eagles that reside there....awe inspiring.

Thank gitman

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