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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, Avalon
(3.5/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden stands as a tribute to William Wrigley Jr., founder of the Wrigley chewing gum company. Wrigley had a strong connection to Catalina Island and played a large role in shaping it for the future. Finished in 1934, the 40 m (130 ft) memorial tower at the center of the gardens marks Wrigley's original burial spot, although his body has since been moved. The memorial--built primarily from material taken from around Catalina Island--overlooks Avalon Bay. The gardens surrounding the memorial were designed by Wrigley's wife, Ada, and contain plants that grow in California but nowhere else in the world. These rare plants are spread throughout 15 hectares (38 acres) of the gardens, and are now tended to by the Catalina Island Conservancy. Make Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden a part of your Avalon vacation plans using our Avalon itinerary builder.
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  • Interesting botanical garden. Favorite visiting spot of a rarely spotted Catalina Island Fox. Great view from the Memorial. Quite an exercise to walk from town to site (there are buses, rental carts). 
  • Visited in early October. I enjoyed our family visit to the memorial and garden. I believe that our grandson enjoyed it more than we did though we had a fantastic time. Beautiful view from the memoria...  more »
  • I went to Catalina for my Birthday and had a great time. I rented a bike and road up to the Wrigley Memorial. My admission to the gardens and memorial was free due to my Bday. It looks pretty nondiscr...  more »