A Thank You to Dad! : Catalina Express

A Thank You to Dad!

A family taking a photo on Catalina Island.

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Give a gift outside the box this Father’s Day with a getaway to Catalina Island. Spend time exploring Avalon together and create lifelong memories to share with your dad or that father figure in your life.

Father and sons playing golf at the Catalina Island Golf Course.

Golf Pro

For the dad that is hooked on golfing, the Catalina Island Golf Course features nine challenging holes to test out his swing. Tee off on one of the oldest golf courses in California with a rented golf cart and clubs. Care for a friendly game of mini golf? Head to Catalina Island Mini Golf Gardens for a round and some family competition on the golf course.

A group of people parasailing.

Water Wonderer

Adventure is always waiting on Catalina Island for the dads that want a thrilling experience. Island Water Charters or Parasail Catalina will have you soaring through the sky above Avalon Harbor on a 800 ft flight. See Catalina Island from a different perspective with the breathtaking views.

Take a dive into Catalina waters to explore the underwater kelp forest with Catalina Divers Supply. Whether you and your dad are experts or beginners to scuba diving, their trained divers will lead you on the excursion of a lifetime.

History Junkie

Does your dad enjoy history and the outdoors? The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden brings together both to provide an intriguing experience. Learn all about the Wrigley Memorial which honors William Wrigley Jr’s vision for Catalina Island and showcases local stone and famed Catalina Tile.

The Botanic Garden started in 1935 as Ada Wrigley’s private desert plant collection, featuring remarkable exotic specimens. The Garden was reborn in the 1970s with increased focus on the native an endemic species of Catalina Island. Now under the care of the Conservancy, the Garden’s 38 acres is a great location to immerse yourself in nature on Catalina Island.

Extend your excursion by hiking up the road to the Garden to Sky Trail and witness some of the most iconic views on the Island.

A father and son having lunch at Descanso Beach Club.

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Laid Back Dad

Relax and spend quality time together at the beachside restaurant and bar, Descanso Beach Club. Snack on signature appetizers and specialty drinks while enjoying the ocean views and cool sea breeze. For a more laid-back experience, rent a cabana or chaise lounge located on the beach where you can have food and drinks delivered right to you.

A food plate from El Galleon.


During your getaway, show dad a great dining experience that celebrates food with an island twist. Satisfy your seafood craving at the Lobster Trap for some fresh, locally caught fish. Although their menu specializes in seafood, the Lobster Trap offers a range of different food items to suit every palate. Located on Crescent Avenue with an ocean view, El Galleon is sure to fulfill your hungry appetite with their variety of plates. Stick around at night for a chance to experience their festive atmosphere during live karaoke.

If you would like to make this Father’s Day gift an overnight getaway, then check out our exclusive boat and hotel packages at CatalinaPackage.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.