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 things to do in Friday Harbor, WA.
Our Most Popular Friday Harbor Activities:
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, Roche Harbor and from Snug Harbor Marina and offer whale watching expeditions with experienced naturalists. A whale watch excursion is definitely a must do when visiting. In addition to the chance of viewing Orcas whales in the wild, we regularly see humpbacks and the occasional minke whale. It is also a beautiful outing allowing you to view the islands from the water and to view marine birds and other marine wildlife.
Most outfitters have naturalists on board so your trip will not only be fun but educational. There are several companies that offer tours leaving from downtown Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor or from the west side at Snug Harbor Marina. They offer large vessel experiences that accommodate 30 guests or small 6 passenger boats or fast zodiac adventure boats. Our concierge will help you choose the boat that fits your sense of adventure.
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.
On San Juan Island, we take pride in ensuring that everyone finds something appealing. Along with whale watching and kayaking, there are many more Friday Harbor activities to try.
Other Exciting San Juan Island Attractions
Experience community theater, visit world class galleries, or join in the fun of a small town fair, the 3rd week of August each summer. No matter what your interests are, there are plenty of exciting attractions to discover – even Mona, the beloved dromedary who lives on San Juan Island.
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