Fall Family Vacation : Catalina Express

Fall Family Vacation

Father and Son looking out at the ocean.

Reconnect and spend quality time with your family while exploring a unique destination and enjoying a new experience. Catalina Island provides a perfect backdrop to make a family vacation into a lasting memory. Island getaways are not usually thought of during the later months of the year but Southern California’s temperate weather allows you to have an adventure the whole family will enjoy.

Jeep Eco Tour
Photo Credit: Catalina Island Conservancy

Time with Nature

While many think of Catalina Island as a water activity destination, there is so much more to enjoy. The Island has more than 165 miles of trails and roads that beckon all levels of hikers. Pick up a map at the Catalina Island Conservancy Trailhead and discover all the natural beauty of Catalina.

Want to kick up you jaunt in nature up a notch? Hop on the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Jeep Eco Tour and cruise over Catalina’s rough backcountry. An expert guide will take your family to parts of the Island no other tour can reach. Experience the Island's rich history, see unique plants and wildlife and awe-inspiring views.

Aerial Adventure Tour
Photo Credit: @TheLACouple

Adventurous Spirits

For families with an adventurous spirit, how about an obstacle course set high in the trees? For those looking to test their skills, the Catalina Aerial Adventure course was built for you. Swing, crawl and climb your way through this unique and challenging outdoor experience. Perfect for all skill levels this challenging adventure will have the family reminiscing for years to come.

Want a more scenic adventure that is just as thrilling? Catalina Island has the Zip Line Eco Tour that will have you enjoying sweeping ocean views as you zigzag down the canyon and through a grove of towering eucalyptus trees on five separate lines at speeds approaching 35 mph.

Family playing mini golf

Friendly Competition

For families with little ones and families that are young at heart, how about a friendly game of miniature golf?  Nestled in an idyllic garden setting less than one block from the beach, Avalon’s Golf Gardens is the ideal spot for an afternoon of family fun. This unique 18-hole course has been a much-loved fixture on the island for nearly 50 years.

Semi-Submersible Tour
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On the Water

The Glass Bottom Boat tour or the Undersea Sub Expedition is the perfect way to appreciate Catalina Island’s unique marine life without getting wet.  See your child’s eyes light up when they encounter hundreds of colorful sea life through the clear boat floor. Or a more in depth experience the Undersea Sub Expedition is a perfect activity for the whole family and even offers guests a chance to feed the fish. This exciting experience is going to keep everyone giddy for days.

Whatever activity you decide to participate in it will be a trip the whole family will never forget. Start planning your next family adventure at CatalinaExpress.com.

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.