Things to Do in the San Juan Islands
There is so much to do on San Juan Island. Many of our guests lament, “oh so little time.” Plan to stay a minimum of 2-3 days to ensure that you can hit the highlights. There are recreation activities, galleries, theaters, museums, restaurants and shopping – from interesting boutiques to world class art galleries to fancy food shops – all conveniently located a few blocks from the Tucker House Inn.
Check out our sample itineraries and scenic tour as well as our top ten list of summer and off-season activities to help plan your San Juan Island vacation. You might also visit the San Juan Island Visitors Bureau for comprehensive information on activities on all the Islands.
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The Center for Whale Research studies the three pods or families of Orca killer whales that live year-round in the waters that surround the islands. You can often watch the whales feed and play off the west side at Lime Kilm Point State Park. Several charter companies leave from Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor and offer whale watching expeditions with experienced naturalists. Captain Jim Maya and Legacy Charters leave from Snug Harbor on the west side of the Island. The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor offers an excellent primer on whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem.
The waters around the San Juan Islands are the premier kayaking destination in the Pacific Northwest, offering abundant marine life, protected waterways, and beautiful scenery. We offer sea kayaks for use by guests who are experienced kayakers. The waters are challenging enough to feel a sense of accomplishment, yet plentiful enough to keep you exploring the vast array of wildlife that inhabit these waters. We can guide you to a number of kayak-friendly access points including, San Juan County Park, Turn Point Park, Jackson Beach, or Roche Harbor.