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There are three great ways to get to Airport in the Sky:
1. The best way is to fly your plane over! (THERE IS A $25 LANDING FEE).
2. Ride the Wildlands Express up from Avalon.
3 Stop by on a custom JEEP® ECO TOUR.
However you arrive, we look forward to your visit. Be sure to buy a giant cookie at the DC-3 Gifts & Grill (they're famously delicious)!
The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Island, 10 miles from the city of Avalon. It's a unique and exciting destination no matter how you arrive--via Wildlands Express, bicycle, on foot, or private aircraft. Its single 3,250-foot-long runway was constructed by blasting and leveling two adjacent peaks, then using the resulting debris to fill in the gaps.
The DC-3 Gifts & Grill restaurant is famed for its buffalo burgers. You can also get regular beef, chicken, and vegetarian burgers, other sandwiches, and Mexican specialties (including buffalo tacos). During the summer, don't miss out on the Grill's Barbecue's featuring live music from Island band Hot off the Range. Call (310) 510-2196 for reservations.
The gift shop offers Airport in the Sky coffee mugs, t-shirts, and key rings, buffalo jerky, and a collectible glazed tile in the style of the famed Catalina Pottery.
Each month the Catalina Aero Club organizes a fly in to the Airport in the Sky. This is a great chance to check out some historic planes and visit with pilots. Click here for more information.
Families enjoy viewing planes at the Airport in the Sky
One of many exhibits at the Nature Center at the Airport in the Sky
Be sure to stroll through the outdoor Nature Center, just next to the terminal. It contains many interpretive displays and information about the natural history of the Island.
The native plant garden features 'habitat islands,' each with labeled plants. Its beauty is a testament to the value of California native plants for landscaping.
NanChang CJ-6A (The Chinese version of the Yakovlev Yak 18A)