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San Juan Island, Washington

Exploring San Juan Island

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.

Exploring San Juan Island

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.

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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.

Art and Art Galleries

Ann Walbert. 1661 Lampard Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 368-378-9579. E-mail

Arctic Raven Gallery. 130 South First Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Toll-free: 1-888-378-3222. E-mail

Firearts Studio. 2217 A Wold Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-5929. E-mail

Gallery San Juan. 232 A Street, #6, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-1376. E-mail

Island Studios. 270 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-6550. E-mail

Jason Napier. Phone: 360-378-2221.

Paula West Pottery. 160 MacGinitie Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-2391.

Rainshadow Arts Gallery. 144 Panorama Pl, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-1813. E-mail

Waterworks Gallery. 315 Argyle Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-3060.

Historic Sites

Friday Harbor History. Phone: 360-378-2390

Museums and Exhibits

San Juan Historical Museum. 405 Price Street, PO Box 441, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-3949. E-mail

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.

Parks and Gardens

San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Nature Institute. 470 Spring Street, Suite 104, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-3646. E-mail

Westcott Bay Reserve Sculpture Park
View the sculptures by walking the trails

Performing Arts

San Juan Community Theatre & Arts. 100 2nd Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-3210.

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