Catalina Island with Kids

Catalina Island With KidsIf you choose to get to Catalina Island by ferry, you will likely see sailboats, paddle boarders, kayakers and possibly dolphins in their natural habitat. After landing in Avalon, a golf cart rental is a good idea for exploring the Island. Make sure to visit Lloyd’s of Avalon Confectionery on Crescent Avenue. There, you will find spun taffy, fudge and other sweets. So, Catalina Island with kids offers a little of everything!


The forty-five minute tour on the Nautilus is amazing. It takes place aboard a semi-submerged vessel, meaning you get to see marine life up close plus a protected kelp forest. The torpedo buttons aboard the ship are a fish feeding system allowing you to feed these aquatic creatures. There is also an evening tour after dark.

You can visit marine life up close on the Glass Bottom Boat tour with the Sea View and use food drop tubes that let you feed the fish. The night tours are thrilling to children of all ages, as the nocturnal creatures appear under 18,000 watts of light!

Thrilling adventures await you on Catalina Island with kids

Catalina Island For KidsMore Activities

Camping is also a fun pastime on Catalina Island with kids. Avalon offers some excellent campgrounds that will take kids on a real life adventure.

Check out Emerald Bay, Gallaghers Cove, White’s Landing and Buttonshell Beach for the best locations. You can take a safari bus or a boat to other campsites around the Island.

The Inside Adventure Tour will take you to the outback where you will take in amazing canyons, beautiful coastlines and native wildlife. You might see bison, wild boars, turkeys, island foxes, deer and perhaps a bald eagle along the way.

You will definitely see many picturesque images, as you travel upward to the Airport-in-the-Sky. Also, arriving there, you can visit the Nature Center and cast your eyes upon one of Catalina’s original Indian sites.

Beaches and More

Catalina Island BeachOf course, in between your activities, there are sandy beaches everywhere in which to swim and enjoy the sun! There are also plenty of restaurants and eateries in town. What kids don’t like pizza? Be sure to visit Antonio’s Pizza & Deli in Avalon on Sumner Avenue. This place feels like you’re stepping back into a 1950’s style pizzeria. Here, you can expect tables with checkered tablecloths and 1950’s music.

There is also mini golf and fun for the whole family. Golf Gardens Mini Golf is the place to go and is located right in Avalon at 10 Island Plaza. This mini golf course has received awards for its design.

Another option for the kids is bike rentals. In Avalon and outside of town, you can choose from a variety of vendors renting standard, mountain, and electric bikes. Several tours are available for bikes for any kind of taste!

Catalina Island with kids means water, sun, and fun! Above all, kids of all ages will enjoy it and have lifelong memories!