Catalina Island is geared up for family fun and is now Kidalina!
Catalina is the ultimate kid friendly destination. What better way to get out and have fun with the whole family than a trip to an island just an hour from Long Beach? With so many fun things to do on the island with your family, we’ll even keep your tweens and teens happy.
Grabbing an ice cream cone, going to the beach and seeing amazing wildlife like bison are only a few of the fun and cool things for kids to do. Even getting here is an adventure! Check out our list of family-friendly fun on Catalina Island.
Catalina Island Family Activities
1. Catch a Glimpse of Bison
Did you know that Catalina Island is home to bison? These amazing animals were brought to the island during the 1920’s for filming and they never left! They still roam free on lands owned and maintained by the Catalina Conservancy. Take a eco-tour to view this and more of the wildlife on the island.
2. Relax with a Day at the Beach
Catalina Island has 3 beaches to choose from in Avalon. South Beach, Middle Beach and Step Beach are public beaches along Crescent Avenue They are only steps away from Avalon’s many hotels, shops, restaurants, restrooms and recreation. one of the last private beaches in California, Descanso Beach is located just beyond the Catalina Casino.
3. Take a Zipline Tour
Catalina has an spectacular zipline tour with soaring views of the island. It’s the only zipline in LA and Orange County and travels 500 feet through Descanso Canyon. The five ziplines travel over three quarters of a mile and almost 30mph.
4. Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Kids will be thrilled by native ocean life on a glass bottom boat tour. On Catalina Island boat tours, your family will experience the many species of fish and marine life that dwell in the kelp forests along the island.
5. Ride in a Submarine
6. Get in Some Snorkeling
Who knew you could snorkel on an island in California? Catalina Island specializes in some of the best snorkeling this side of the border.
What island adventure would be complete without parasailing or tubing? Whether rising high above the water for amazing views of the coastline or speeding along in a tube, kids 5 and older will have a blast on these water adventures.
8. Go Fishing
9. Play a Game of Miniature Golf
Did you know that Catalina Island Miniature Golf Course is an award winning mini golf course? And it’s open every day of the year, weather permitting.
10. Rent a Kayak, Paddleboard, Pedal Boat or Motorboat
A kayak, paddleboard or pedal boat rental offers a unique way to enjoy the pristine waters of the Catalina Island harbor. For a more personal and self-guided way to enjoy the island, your family would also enjoy the view from a motorboat.
11. Take a Hike
Catalina Island hiking offers some of the most scenic hikes in SoCal. For an easy, family-friendly hike, try the Avalon Bay Trail that starts out from Avalon and features beautiful wild flowers.