Avalon Scenic Tram Tour
Catalina Island, California, USA
- Open-air tram: Built to take advantage of spectacular views and an incredible climate, there's no better way to introduce you to Catalina's biggest city than via a leisurely ride with a fun and informative guide.
- Avalon sightseeing: See the beautiful beaches and hills surrounding the heart of town. Pass the Wrigley Mansion on Pebbly Beach Road and the Golf and Country Club.
- Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens: Climb the mountain road to a sprawling garden that showcases a whole world of plants with an emphasis on those that grow only on the Channel Islands.
About This Catalina Island Tour
Chewing gum made Santa Catalina Island what it is today.
William Wrigley, Jr., founder of the famous chewing gum company that bears his name, purchased majority interest in the Santa Catalina Island Company without ever having stepped foot on the island. But once he did, he was hooked. In 1919, he bought out all other shareholders, which gave him ownership of the island. He took his investment seriously, improving public utilities, and bringing in new steamships, a hotel, and the casino.
Much of what you'll see on this scenic tour is a direct result of Wrigley's love for the island, and many places that were built by (or for) him. The Catalina Golf and Country Club, for instance, was once the spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs, the major league baseball team Wrigley owned. The famed Botanical Gardens were the brainchild of Wrigley's wife, Ada, who oversaw the design and planting back in 1935.
The Wrigley Memorial was built shortly after the gum magnate's death in 1932. Using as much material from Catalina as possible, to commemorate the man who made the island what it is today. From the quarried stones used in the facade and the blue flagstone rock on the terraces, to the red roof tiles and handmade glazed tiles from the Catalina Pottery and Tile Company (which Wrigley founded), his memorial is the centerpiece of the Botanical Gardens.
So, the next time you grab a pack of Juicy Fruit, think of how chewing gum transformed this spectacular California island into the Pacific paradise it is today.
William Wrigley slept here … briefly
Wrigley died in his Phoenix, Arizona, mansion, but had directed that the gardens near his beloved Avalon be his final resting place. He was interred inside the tower of the Wrigley Memorial. There was a rumor that his remains were moved to California during World War II because of wartime security concerns, but they were actually moved after the war so the gardens could be made public.
Tram will depart from the Tour Plaza in the center of town: 10 Island Plaza, Avalon, CA
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get in and out of the vehicle without assistance or with the aid of a traveling companion. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Cultural, Bus Tour, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 2 years of age and older.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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