Father's Day Adventure : Catalina Express

Father's Day Adventure

Man on Aerial Adventure Tour

As Father’s Day approaches, it’s time to think of the perfect gift for dad. Make some memories that you and your dad will never forget. From dads who love a bit of adventure to those who like to relax with a cocktail, Catalina Island is the place to be.

Thrill-seeking Dad

Play: Have a friendly competition with dad while trying to conquer the exhilarating Catalina Aerial Adventure. An obstacle course suspended among a grove of eucalyptus trees will get your heart pumping. Swing, crawl and climb your way through this unique and challenging outdoor experience.

Dine: After soaring through the sky some sustenance is in order. Enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Maggie’s Blue Rose. Located right on main street, Maggie’s Blue Rose specializes in traditional Mexican food with a gourmet modern twist. Maggie’s has an impressive tequila inventory and takes personal pride in its cocktail options.

Man hiking
Picture credit: Catalina Island Conservancy

Get Back to Nature Dad

Play: Catalina Island offers over 165 miles of trails for every level of hiker to explore. No other Channel Island features the diversity in plant and animal life like the Island. The best way for dad to venture into Catalina’s interior is to first stop by the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Trailhead to obtain your hiking permits and talk to specialist to steer you towards the right trail.

Dine: After a great hike head to Toyon Grill. Toyon Grill is located above the Trailhead Visitor Center and boast a delicious menu of hyper local, sustainable fare celebrating the best of Catalina Island. The patio seating offers sweeping views of Avalon Harbor.

Father and sons fishing

Fishing Pro Dad

Play: Create a fish tale that you will both always remember. Catalina attracts a wide range of marine life including white sea bass, marlin and yellowtail. You can either charter a boat with or without a guide, depending on your familiarity with the sea.

Dine: Reminisce about your great fishing adventure over some delicious seafood.  The NDMK Fish House takes “locally sourced” to the next level. The restaurant strives to source its seafood from local fishermen as much as possible. The proprietors themselves are local fishermen. Given the seafood is so fresh, the grilled fish plate is a tasty option with the local catch of the day. Whatever the catch of the day is, Catalina’s bounty will be sure to impress.

Father feeding son
Photo credit: Instagram.com/eazynazy

Rest and Relaxation Dad

Play: If dad’s ideal vacation is relaxing beachside, the Island has a private beach called Descanso Beach Club that rents cabanas and lounge chairs. As one of the few places you can drink on the beach, dad can have a beer in his hand with his toes in the sand.

Dine: Grab a bit to eat at Catalina's only beachside restaurant bar, Descanso Beach Club. It serves delicious food and specialty cocktails that can be delivered right to your cabana. Try the Buffalo Milk for an authentic Catalina experience. 

The next step to planning this adventure with dad is by booking his reservation ahead of time or purchasing a Catalina Express gift card, so he can go anytime during the year. His Catalina adventure awaits!


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.