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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

Closed Now: 08:00 - 17:00
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Great Views

Great Views. The garden is nice and the memorial is a little grandiose IMO, especially when the... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Corinne F
San Diego, California
A pleasant trip for cactus lovers

A quick $2 bus ride up the hill to see some wonderful plantings of cactus and other desert loving... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ken A
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The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is located at the top of Avalon Canyon - just a short 30 minute stroll up from town! The Garden features a collection of native plants from both Catalina Island, and the surrounding Channel Islands. The Garden...more
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125 Clarissa Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2897
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A quick $2 bus ride up the hill to see some wonderful plantings of cactus and other desert loving plants. Not crowded but not especially well maintained either. The memorial to Wrigley gives you a better view but a bit over the top tribute-- during...More

Thank Ken A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a nicely landscaped garden featuring plants native to Catalina. It is a relaxing place to stroll around. There’s a huge monument where you can climb about a hundred feet higher than the surrounding gardens for a beautiful view over the ocean, and a...More

Thank Nick R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is located about 1.25 miles from the waterfront in Avalon. It is uphill all the way there so I recommend a ride on the city bus to get there and a walk back down. The gardens are limited to desert plants and arid-climate...More

Thank bverbos
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hike for a vacation! First, take a leisurely stroll through the botanical garden, with species from around the world. Then make your way up to the Wrigley Memorial with fantastic views of the island. Then, take the trail and get your heart rate up...More

Thank Freschie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Peaceful Site...Its not huge but we enjoyed the beautiful diversity of trees and plants. We even saw a little fox. We got nice pictures from the Wrigley Memorial structure. We took the public Avalon bus to and from the gardens! Nice Place..

Thank SLtravellerjournal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The good: the Wrigley Memorial is a beautiful structure if you're a fan of tile and/or late 20s-early 30s architecture. I'm not sure if its $8-per-person good, but we enjoyed it. The meh: I'm a SoCal native born and bred who LOVES plants and gardens....More

Thank Jonathan W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked up from town to this, which I'd do again even though there aren't paths or sidewalks part of the way. The garden is a nice little example of desert / Mediterranean climate specimens, but it's obvious they need more funding to make it...More

Thank EcoArtTraveler
Reviewed 11 October 2018

On my first visit to Avalon I hiked up here but skipped paying the entry fee and seeing this site. What a mistake! The garden is well-maintained with labels and the Wrigley Memorial has both exquisite tiles from the 1920s and sweeping vistas of the...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 7 October 2018

The gardens, like much of Southern California, were still suffering from drought, but there was a great variety of plants. We. even saw a very small deer. The view at the top of the memorial is fantastic. The tiles, the sandblasted sides, absolutely beautiful

Thank Kandy R
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Great Views. The garden is nice and the memorial is a little grandiose IMO, especially when the water feature used to work. There are a couple trails to walk that take you up some of the hills for a great view of the water and...More

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Joanie F
12 August 2017|
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Response from CatConservancy | Property representative |
Great questions, Joanie! Thank you for your interest! Showcased in the Garden are the cacti and succulents that Mrs. Wrigley collected throughout her world travels, plus plants that grow naturally on Catalina Island and... More
30 August 2016|
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Response from TayaLeReve | Reviewed this property |
We also took the golf cart we rented which is a great way to go so you can explore all of the Avalon area!