Cultural : Catalina Express


art history museum

Discover the history of Catalina Island that has inspired artists and musicians for years. From the art-deco architecture, the colorful tile murals and many galleries, art and culture is truly around every corner


Once you arrive in Avalon, visit Bistro at the Atwater for your morning coffee and a delicious pastry or avocado toast while taking a walk down Avalon’s waterfront to see some of the local artists’ galleries


Catalina is known for unique tile work that is displayed throughout the Island. Take home your own piece of history by joining the Silver Canyon Pottery Basic Tile Making Workshop. The hour long class allows you to create two of your own tiles, while learning the history from a local artist. Give yourself 15-20 minutes to walk or rent a golf cart to get to the gallery.

On your walk back to town, stop for lunch at a Catalina favorite, Buffalo Nickel. From Buffalo burgers to chicken fajitas, there is something for everyone at this local hot spot.

After lunch, stroll through town and visit the Catalina Museum for Art & History to learn more about Catalina’s history spanning from the Native American tribe, Pimungans, to the Golden Age of Hollywood. On your way, browse the shops where local artists display their pieces. You can find the perfect keepsake to remember your trip to Catalina.

cultural building
bistro at the atwater


Enjoy lobster enchiladas at Maggie’s Blue Rose. Treat yourself to a margarita made with one of the varieties of rare tequila they carry.

Travel Tips

If you decide to make it an overnight trip, look into one of our many Boat and Hotel Packages. Many include cultural activities such as tickets to the Catalina Island Museum or your continental breakTravel fast.

bistro at the atwater


Bistro at the Atwater

119 Sumner Ave.



silver canyon pottery


Silver Canyon Pottery

22 Pebbly Beach Rd.



buffalo nickel


Buffalo Nickel

57 Pebbly Beach Rd.



maggie's blue rose


Maggie’s Blue Rose

417 Crescent Ave.



cultural seekers map

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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.