Family Getaway : Catalina Express

Family Getaway

Two women and a young boy enjoying time at Avalon's beach

Creating a meaningful getaway with your family can produce lasting bonds and the chance to reconnect. On your next getaway, take the family to Catalina Island where members of any age can enjoy a great trip. 

Young family on the semi-sub tour watching the fish outside the porthole

Families with Little Ones

Traveling with little ones can be challenging at times. Catalina Island has you covered with activities that are for all ages. Once you arrive on the Island, hop aboard the Sea Wolf Semi-Submersible for the Undersea Expedition and be mesmerized by all the fish below throughout the whole tour.

Looking for a place to stay in Avalon but need the comfort of home? Try El Terado Terrace or La Paloma Las Flores that are both are equipped with kitchenettes.

young boy on a safari bus looking out with binoculars

Families with Outdoor Lovers

Catalina Island is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast. If your tribe is looking to spend time under the sun and experience new things, try the Frog Rock Kayaking Tour. A trained guide will take you and your family out at sea to show you some of the best sights not reachable by land. 

Want to stay on land, but still get to experience Island culture? A short hike to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden checks all the boxes. Astonishing views, awe-inspiring architecture and both endemic and non-native plants fill the sanctuary. Keep a close eye out for some of the Island wildlife. Do your young ones want to see more animals? Jump on the Safari Island Adventure Tour and catch creatures like Bison, Catalina Island Fox, and Bald Eagle on this 2.5 hour tour. 

dad and two young boys about to take off on a parasail

Families with thrill seekers

Do you have kiddies who are always looking for the next high-flying adventure? Gear up and sore through towering eucalyptus trees on the Island only Zip Line Tour. With heights topping 600 feet and speeds approaching 35 mph, your kids will be begging for a return trip. Kiddo under 10? Not to worry, riding tandem adds to the fun. 

Another activity sure to get the blood pumping is taking a speed boat out for parasailing. Take to the sky together and fly over the Harbor for sensational views of the Island and beyond.

Young family enjoying time at the beach

Families with the need to kick back and relax

If you and your crew need time to kick up the feet and enjoy some sunshine, head over to Descanso Beach Club. On the soft-sand beach, you have the choice to unroll your beach towel, rent lounge chairs or private palapas. Don’t worry about packing snacks. Savory appetizers, drinks and even lunch can be delivered right to you. 

Mother-daughter time wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at the spa. Get matching mani-pedis at Island Breeze Spa & Salon before heading back to the mainland.


No matter what your family enjoys doing, Catalina Island is the perfect place to relax, bond, create memories and reconnect. Click here to start planning your next trip to Catalina Island.


by Danielle Griffin

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.