It’s a nice stroll along the waterfront to the cylindrical, 1929 art deco casino, Avalon's biggest landmark. It's not a gambling casino but an entertainment hall where big bands once played, and it's still used for events, celebrations and nightly movie screenings. Otherwise, it's accessible only by tour, showing off the gorgeous murals, a massive pipe organ, twinkling ceiling in the movie theater and a fabulous ballroom.

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1. Catalina Island Museum

0.41 MILES

Opened in a spiffy new building in 2016, this museum has a permanent collection showcasing Catalina's history from the province of the indigenous people…

2. Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens

1.77 MILES

About 1.5 miles inland from central Avalon, this nearly-38-acre park emphasizes indigenous California plants: agave, aloe, Catalina cherry, cedar, island…

3. Point Fermin Lighthouse

24.65 MILES

Ostensibly the main visitor attraction in Point Fermin Park is this restored 1874 lighthouse, which looks like a Victorian home and is one of the oldest…

4. Point Fermin Park & Around

24.65 MILES

Locals come to this grassy community park on the bluffs to jog, picnic, watch wind- and kitesurfers, cool off in the shade of spreading magnolias, gaze at…

5. Korean Friendship Bell

24.92 MILES

A gift from South Korea for the US bicentennial in 1976, this nearly 12ft-tall, 18.75 ton bronze chime dominates the hillside and makes for a fantastic…

6. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

25.08 MILES

This city-owned aquarium is the smaller, older, low-tech cousin of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific. It’s also a lot lighter on your wallet and less…

7. White Point-Royal Palms Beach

25.23 MILES

This county-run beach features 1.5 miles of rocky shoreline and 30 acres of parkland. You can scramble among tide pools to see sea anemones and other…

8. White Point Nature Preserve

25.34 MILES

A former Nike missile site has gone back to nature in this 102-acre preserve of coastal sage-scrub habitat. Hiking trails run from from 0.8 miles to a 7…