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One of the most popular attractions for San Juan Island, from late spring to early fall, is whale watching. The majestic Orca Whales can be seen from land or by watercraft. Many visitors to San Juan Island choose local outfitters and charters out of Friday Harbor to help plan their whale watching adventure. Another excellent option for whale watching is the 36-acre day-use Washington State park, Lime Kiln Park, also known as Whale Watch Park. Get connected to whale watching guides and outfitters descriptions and contact information through our Activities link in the left column. While whale watching draws many visitors to San Juan Island each year, the island has many other attractions.
The pastoral nature of San Juan Island promises rest and relaxation away from the work-a-day world. Attractions on San Juan are numerous and include the Westcott Bay Reserve Sculpture Park, open dawn to dusk, with its 19 acres of outdoor sculptures; the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, which manufactures fragrant lavender products and essential oils; the Whale Museum, which includes interpretive and educational displays about San Juan's oldest migratory residents; and San Juan Vineyards, the island's award-winning winery.
History buffs will enjoy the San Juan Island National Historical Park, which features the original sites of the 19th century American and English camps and several interpretive displays. Guided and self-guided tours are available for both locations. Visit the National Park Service website to plan your next visit.
Picturesque Friday Harbor is a great place to stroll on foot. Gift shops, galleries and a wide-ranging selection of seaside restaurants and cafes offer a relaxing way to spend an afternoon or a weekend.
Jason Napier. Phone: 360-378-2221.
Paula West Pottery. 160 MacGinitie Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-2391.
Waterworks Gallery. 315 Argyle Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-3060.
Friday Harbor History. Phone: 360-378-2390
The Whale Museum. 62 First Street North, PO Box 945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-4710; Toll-free: 1-800-946-7227; Fax: 360-378-5790.
Westcott Bay Reserve
View the sculptures by walking the trails
San Juan Community Theatre & Arts. 100 2nd Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-3210.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
The Essential San Juan Islands Guide by Marge Mueller and Ted Mueller. Twenty maps help you locate sites, and the Lodging at a Glance table saves you time and clarifies your overnight options. Information about how to get there and what to do once you arrive are categorized by island, and include icons. Order now...
San Juan Island (Images of America) by Mike Vouri, Julia Vouri, and San Juan Historical Society. San Juan Island has been a magnet for human habitation for thousands of years. San Juan Islanders of all generations have worked hard to preserve their home, thus maintaining a sense of place that is as evident today as it was when the first canoes came ashore. Order now...
Moon San Juan Islands, 4th Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Don Pitcher. Learn about the best of the San Juan Islands' details on everything from accommodations, dining and activities. This guide has all the information needed to plan a fun-filled trip to this popular destination. Order now...
Frommer's Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands by Chris McBeath. Insider tips from local expert authors including detailed maps, exact prices, directions, opening hours, and reviews of hotels and restaurants, plus sights, shopping, and nightlife, itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas. Order now...
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