Discovering culture on Catalina Island
Catalina Island’s reputation as Southern California’s favorite island destination is assured. For generations visitors have thought of the seaside village of Avalon as the perfect place for romantic getaways, beachside dining and unique shopping, while the island itself calls to travelers with outdoor adventures, stunning scenery and unspoiled wilderness.
When visitors think of the island, one attribute they often miss is Catalina’s rich and varied culture. While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the island, discovering culture on Catalina makes for a much more compelling vacation.
One of the easiest – and most fun – ways to learn more about Catalina culture is taking a tour with a local resident eager to share that culture. The Avalon Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour brings together the best Catalina restaurants with a knowledgeable guide who can share fascinating details about Catalina history.
From native Islanders to creative artisans, Catalina culture can be discovered around every corner. One place that brings all of that culture together is the Catalina Island Museum. Special events, visiting exhibits and captivating programs complement an extensive series of exhibits on Catalina’s history, making the Catalina Island Museum a must-visit Avalon attraction for residents and visitors alike.
Catalina’s iconic Casino Building is an architectural wonder known far and wide, but it is also home to unique art and fascinating history. John Gabriel Beckman’s murals in the Avalon Theatre and the exterior loggia are some of the most intriguing art on the island and the Casino Ballroom’s history as a host to generations of dancers and music lovers make this building an enthralling Catalina attraction. Learn more on a Behind the Scenes Casino Tour or experience a Page Organ concert before the movie on Friday and Saturdays nights.