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24 Things To Do on Catalina in 2024

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With 2024 just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of 24 things to do on Catalina Island. Consider it your Catalina new year’s resolutions.

  1. Take a food tour: Whether you are here for the first time or have lived here for years, the Catalina Food Tour will introduce you to new tastes, new facts and whole new way of looking at the island. Make 2024 the year you experience it.
  2. a person lying on a beachSnorkel: On either side of Avalon Harbor, you’ll discover some of the best snorkeling in Southern California. Thanks to calm waters and protected wildlife, snorkeling on Catalina Island is an experience you’ll want to try again and again.
  3. See beneath the sea without getting wet: Wondering what all fuss is about but don’t want to get wet? Check out Immersed to be surrounded by the wonders underwater or hop aboard a glass bottom boat to peer beneath the surface.
  4. Get your hands dirty: This year, explore the history of Catalina’s iconic tiles by making some yourself. Discover Catalina Tile lets you make your own souvenir while learning about this artform.
  5. Get an overview from a local: One of the best things to do on Catalina when you are visiting for the first time is to take a golf cart tour.
  6. Kayak: One of the most popular water activities on Catalina Island is kayaking. The protected waters along the leeward side of the island are ideal to explore via kayak – even if it’s your first time.
  7. Learn: The Catalina Museum for Art & History features an array of fascinating exhibits and special events. Visit all year and support their mission by becoming a member.
  8. Escape: Escape rooms continue to attract puzzle solvers all around the country. Featuring an array of riddles, brainteasers and puzzles, these clever challenges bring people together to solve the “room” in a set amount of time. Find out what all the buzz is about at the Escape Room Catalina.
  9. Get out of town: Venture beyond Avalon and discover the Catalina wilderness, where bison roam, foxes frolic and views are unforgettable. Check it out on a Private Jeep Eco Tour.
  10. Plan to attend your favorite event: Throughout the year, Catalina’s special event calendar overflows with amazing things to do, ranging from endurance events to art festivals and from concerts to silent films. This year don’t miss finding your new favorite Catalina event.
  11. Check out the Casino: Make 2024 the year you explore the history and culture in the Catalina Casino, Avalon’s iconic landmark.
  12. See a movie in the Avalon Theatre: Movies are back! At least some weekends. Check out the Avalon Theatre website to find out what’s on screen when you are on the island.
  13. Find your next favorite thing: Shopping on Catalina is not to be missed. We always find something we can’t live without at The Steamer Trunk.
  14. Watch the moon rise over Avalon Harbor: One of the most unforgettable sights on Catalina Island is the full moon reflected on the water. Full moon dates in 2024 are on Jan. 25, Feb. 24, March 25, April 23, May 23, June 21, July 21, Aug. 19, Sept. 17, Oct. 17, Nov. 15 and Dec. 15.
  15. See fish fly: No really. These fish really fly – well, at least they soar above the water. Check out Catalina’s flying fish on a one-of-a-kind experience this summer.
  16. Get sweet: Indulge your sweet tooth and your coffee craving at Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co.
  17. Take an undersea adventure: There’s plenty to see beneath the sea. Discover – or re-discover – the magic of Lover’s Cove on a glass bottom boat or semi-submersible.
  18. Go deeper: Scuba diving and snuba let you plunge even deeper into Catalina’s wonderous underwater world.
  19. Visit Two Harbors: You know you’ve always wanted to. Make 2024 the year you head to the West End of the island and experience Two Harbors.
  20. See the wildlife: From dolphins to bison and from foxes to hawks, Catalina offers a number of opportunities to experience wildlife.
  21. Indulge your inner mermaid: Let your undersea fantasies run wild with a Mermaid Photo Shoot on the Beach.
  22. Soar above it all: Parasailing is a surprisingly relaxing way to see the island and the Pacific. Never done it? Check it out this year.parasailing on Catalina
  23. Take a bike ride: There are several ways to explore Catalina on two wheels, including a relaxing pedal through town, a challenging ride in the interior and aboard an electric bike — available in February.
  24. Plan another trip: There’s no way to fit all the fun things to do on Catalina Island into just one visit. Make sure plan another trip!