Recreational Activities in the San Juan Islands There are many outdoor activities on San Juan Island — so many choices and so little time, muse our guests. We suggest a minimum of 2-3 days on San Juan Island to hit the highlights. For memories of a lifetime, consider a whale-watching adventure viewing the magnificent orca whales in the wild or a scenic flight to take you and your friends on an aerial tour high above the San Juan Islands.For the adventurous traveler, there’s sea kayaking, a fast zodiac-style whale watching vessel, and hiking. There are two National Historic Parks — American and English Camp — for a day of nature walks along the beach, cedar forests, and sandy bluffs.You will find plenty of activities on San Juan Island to suit your fancy. Our concierge is pleased to assist in helping you to make the most of your San Juan Island holiday. Beaches & Park Bikes & Mopeds Golfing Swimming Fishing Birding Kayaking HIkes & Walks Galleries Spas Horseback Riding Other Activities Museums Scenic Flights Scenic Tour Culinary Exploration Island Hopping Farm Visits Theaters Whale Watching Beaches & Parks BACK TO TOP Find your own rocky bluff, explore the gravel beaches and tide pools, or stroll along the cliff-side trails along the San Juan Island shorelines.American Camp TrailsOffering a variety of trail experiences. A 1.25 mile self-guided history foot trail, begins in the American Camp parking lot.– Jakle’s Lagoon Trail is 1.5 miles long. Great bird watching.– Mt. Finlayson Trail is a 3 mile loop taking you to the top of Mt. Finlayson. Beautiful views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and British Columbia. Enjoy a few side trails to the Lagoons. – The South Beach walk is 2 miles long. Great tide pooling during low tide. Open All YearSeptember 2 – June 6 Thursday – Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.June 9 – September 1 Daily, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 806 Golf Course Rd Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-2902 https://www.nps.gov/sajh/ English CampLocated about nine miles northwest of downtown Friday Harbor. It contains 530 acres with 2 miles of shoreline and approximately 4 miles of trails. A self-guided history walk includes trails to the open Parade Ground, a formal English garden, around the shoreline, the former site of the officer’s quarters, the cemetery, and up through the woods leading to breathtaking views of Canada at the top of Mt. Young. Picnic tables, restrooms, and a dinghy dock are all located in the lower portion of the park. Visitor Center: June 9 – September 2 Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/sajh/ San Juan County ParkSan Juan County Park is a lovely 12-acre park located at Smallpox Bay (between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor). Here you’ll find beautiful views of the Straits of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountains, and British Columbia. Park amenities include water, flush toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, 25 campsites, boat launch & mooring buoys. Visitor Center: June 9 – September 2 Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 360-378-1842 www.co.san-juan.wa.us/park Westcott Bay Reserve Sculpture ParkLocated at 9083 Roche Harbor Road, the park contains original sculpture in a twenty-acre setting, with woodland trails full of art installments and a pond with picnic facilities. Wander through unique surroundings for over 150 pieces of art. 360-370–0035 sjima.org Eagle Cove Park – Eagle Cove Road, 6 miles southeast of Friday HarborThis is a nice sandy beach great for picnicking and beachcombing.Fourth of July BeachPart of American Camp, this is a quiet spot for a picnic or kite flying. Many people enjoy wading in Griffin Bay on a summer day. Mt. Finlayson Nature Trail, up 290 feet on Mt. Finlayson, is also part of American Camp. On a clear day, it offers beautiful views of Mt. Rainier.Cattle Point Lighthouse Part of American Camp, this is a great spot for a picnic. Visit the former Coast Guard Radio Station.Egg LakeFish for rainbow trout in April and May, and largemouth bass throughout the summer. This small year-round lake is located on the northeast end of San Juan Island. There is a public access dock and launch ramp on Egg Lake Road.Jackson Beach – Off Pear Point RoadLocals like this sandy beach close to town. It’s popular for volleyball, picnics, wading and skimboarding.Lime Kiln State Park – West Side RoadAlso known as “Whale Watch Park”, Lime Kiln State Park is located 9 miles west of Friday Harbor. Orca whales, porpoises, seals, dolphins, and eagles frequent these shorelines during the spring and summer months. High rocky banks and majestic Madronas add to the rugged beauty of this park. Facilities include toilets, picnic sites, a lighthouse, and a viewing platform.A narrow trail leads to driftwood strewn Deadman’s Cove, part of the San Juan County Land Bank holdings.Reuben Tarte Park – Limestone Point RoadLocated approximately 3 miles northwest of Friday Harbor on Roche Harbor Road, this 66 acre lake has a public access boat launch.Turn Point Park – Off Turn Point RoadLaunch kayaks/canoes only; carry from the parking area. Show More Parks Bikes, Mopeds & Scoot Coupes BACK TO TOP Biking San Juan Island on two wheels (or three) will give your tour of the island a more leisurely pace, a closer connection to nature, and the opportunity to see more of the island’s wildlife. Our concierge service will make those arrangements for you. There are a number of options: BicyclesOur guests at the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites have access to the inn’s complimentary bicycles from April 15 through October 15, weather permitting. Mountain, electric, accessories, and touring bikes may be rented from Meat Machine Bicycles. Mopeds/Scoot CoupesScoot Coupes are three-wheeled gas-powered vehicles that can accommodate two adults, an adult and a child, or an adult and a canine companion. There’s room in the trunk for a picnic lunch. Susie’s Mopeds also rents one and two-person mopeds. There’s nothing better than biking San Juan Island. Birding BACK TO TOP Birding on San Juan Island is incredible. Enthusiasts will love the 42 different trails on the island because the terrain is ripe for an addition to their birding “life list” at every turn. There have been more than 290 species of birds recorded so far, and there is a robust program in place to bring Western Bluebirds back to the meadows and valleys.Local birders communicate through the San Juan Island Audubon Society Facebook page daily, often with rare bird alerts. A standard list of island vehicles and boat equipment begins with binoculars and spotting scopes.Check out the list at BirdWeb or the one compiled by the San Juan Island National Park Service.You are more likely to spot a Bald Eagle than a pigeon while birding on San Juan Island. There are a multitude of shorebirds by the sea, ducks and mergansers in the inland lakes, warblers and juncos in the bushes, and the ever-present crows and ravens. Sometimes the Bald Eagles even set up nests in downtown Friday Harbor. The San Juan Islands are the winter home for a number of northern species including the Trumpeter Swan and Rough-legged Hawk – species you would have to go to the Arctic Circle to see in spring. One of the best viewing areas on the island is American Camp.Add species to your birding “life list” while on San Juan Island.A private “birding tour” can also be arranged. Ask our concierge to get the details for you, and add that experience to your visit.The San Juan Islands Audubon Society meets monthly to take bird walks on different islands serviced daily by the Washington State Ferry system. A schedule of their bird walks is listed on the website. A private “birding tour” can also be arranged with birding expert and author of Birds of the Northwest, Barbara Jensen.Westcott Bay Reserve Sculpture Park is a 19-acre nature reserve displaying more than 80 sculptures. There are lots of great trails with excellent bird-watching opportunities on this property as well.Pack your binoculars, hiking shoes, bird book, camera and walking stick – the birds of San Juan Island await you! Fishing BACK TO TOP Grab your rod and reel, and cast away for some of the finest fishing in the country. Rocky shores, pristine lakes, ponds, and secret fishing holes lie waiting to be discovered – the perfect test for your fly or bottom fishing skills.Egg Lake, located on the northeast end of San Juan Island, offers opportunities for large mouth bass and rainbow trout, with good rainbow fishing in April and May. Sportsman’s Lake is a 66-acre lake located three miles northwest of Friday Harbor.Fish for salmon, halibut, lingcod, and other bottom fish year round in the waters around the island.Contact the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife for regulation updates and news. Their fishing hotline is (360) 902-2500 and their Shellfish Regulation Hotline (866) 880-5431. Licenses can be obtained at Ace Hardware or Kings Marine, a block from the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites. San Juan Island Fishing Charters - Captain Andy 425-205-1179 email@example.com North Shore Charters - Captain Marty 360-376-4855 firstname.lastname@example.org Golfing BACK TO TOP San Juan Golf and Tennis Club a few miles from the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites on San Juan Island, Washington, offers a 9-hole links-style public course and outdoor hard tennis courts. The course has majestic views of Lopez Island and Mount Baker to the east and is challenging for all skill levels. With a variation of tees, from the front nine to the back nine it measures 6694 yards.San Juan Golf and Tennis Club is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, and it is easy to see why it is rated as one of Washington’s tougher 9-hole courses. Motorized carts, handcarts, and clubs are available to rent. PGA Professional Instruction with grass tee practice areas is also available. After your round, grab a cold one and relax at the Greenside Grill. They offer a full bar and grill menu. San Juan Golf and Tennis Club 806 Golf Course Rd Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-2254 sjgolfclub.com Hiking & Walks BACK TO TOP American Camp TrailsOffering a variety of trail experiences. A 1.25 mile self-guided history foot trail, begins in the American Camp parking lot.– Jakle’s Lagoon Trail is 1.5 miles long. Great bird watching.– Mt. Finlayson Trail is a 3 mile loop taking you to the top of Mt. Finlayson. Beautiful views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and British Columbia. Enjoy a few side trails to the Lagoons. – The South Beach walk is 2 miles long. Great tide pooling during low tide. Open All YearSeptember 2 – June 6 Thursday – Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.June 9 – September 1 Daily, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 806 Golf Course Rd Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-2902 https://www.nps.gov/sajh/ English Camp Trails Visitor CenterA part of San Juan Island National Historical Park.– Bell Point Trail is a 1-mile loop with views of both Garrison and Westcott Bays.– Young Hill Trail is 1.25 miles of steep trail, taking you to the top of Young Hill for a panoramic view of the island’s northeast corner. You will pass the English Camp cemetery which holds the remains of six Royal Marines. June 9 to September 2 Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/sajh/ Friday Harbor Historic Walking ToursTwo self-guided walking tours. Guide brochures available at Friday Harbor Town Hall, 60 Second Street; San Juan Historical Museum, 405 Price Street; SJ Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 135 Spring Street.San Juan Island Audubon Society Bird WalksMonthly field trips with Audubon society membersSan Juan Island Trails CommitteeList of hiking and biking trails on San Juan Island.San Juan Transit Hiking InformationSan Juan Island hikes rated from easy to moderate/strenuous. Horseback Ridging BACK TO TOP Horseshu Farms offers guided horseback tours through the meadows and valleys of San Juan Island Island. Horseshu also offers a Mini Forest loop and Pony Rides for children under 8 years old. Horses are available to rent by the hour or for a five-hour excursion. Horseshu Ranch 131 Gilbert Lane Friday Harbor 360-378-2298 horseshu.com Island Hopping BACK TO TOP The Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites in Friday Harbor is the perfect base for day tripping to neighboring islands.The Washington State Ferry System runs regularly scheduled inter-island ferries between San Juan’s Friday Harbor and Orcas, Lopez, Shaw Islands. Ask our concierge to assist with rental car reservations, museum tickets, and information on hiking and bike routes. Spend the day and you’ll be back in Friday Harbor in time for happy hour!Travel to the other islands via foot or by bicycle is free; however, there is a charge to come back to Friday Harbor from the other islands if you take your vehicle. Each Island has its own distinct character and features a range of outdoor activities at county and state parks. Scenic Flights BACK TO TOP There is no better way to enjoy the spectacular views that the islands offer than from above with a scenic flight. If you didn’t fly onto the island, treat yourself to an aerial tour with Westwind Aviation or Friday Harbor Helicopter. Friday Harbor Helicopter 360-378-2902 fridayharborhelicopter.com Serving the San Juan Islands with aerial tours, private flights, and photography. Westwind Aviation 360-378-6991 westwindav.com Westwind provides charter flights throughout the Pacific Northwest in single engine and cabin class twin engine aircraft. Scenic flights give you a bird’s eye view of the beautiful San Juan Islands. Spas BACK TO TOP What better way to relax after an action-packed day than with a day at a San Juan Island Spa – or better yet, an in-room massage. We can arrange for a therapist to come to your cottage or suite. Please give us 24 hours notice when possible. There are also several day spas on the island that will pamper you with a range of services including a velvety French green clay body wrap, a stimulating and rejuvenating salt glow, or an hour-long reflexology session. Spa d’Bune 360-370-5027 spadbune.com Services include body work, hair and nail salon, and facials. Located on Mullis Street in downtown Friday Harbor. Lavendera Day Spa Services 360-378-3637 lavenderadayspa.com Includes body work, spa services, energy therapy, and facial treatments. Located on Spring Street in downtown Friday Harbor. After Glow Spa 360-378-9888 rocheharbor.com/spa Located in Roche Harbor in the new Quarryman Hall building next to the Bed and Breakfast De Haro, the Afterglow Spa is a full service spa that aims to revive your spirit and awaken your senses. Earth Box Spa 360-378-4000 earthboxinn.com/spa-face-treatments A full service spa offering a menu of massages, body treatments, facials, and sugaring, a sweet hair removal treatment. Swimming BACK TO TOP Many of the beaches around the island, while beautiful to look at and hike, are not good places for swimming. The water temperature is 50 degrees year round. There are a few shallow beaches at Granny’s Cove and Eagle’s Cove at American Camp National Park that warm during the summer months to provide a safe place for a swim. San Juan Island Parks & Recreation Information 580 Guard St Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-4953 islandrec.org Adult, teen and youth programs – swimming, yoga lessons, volleyball & softball leagues, soccer, baseball/tennis camps, & nature programs. San Juan Athletic & Fitness Club 435 Argyle St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-4449 sanjuanislandfitness.com Full fitness facility with 8 lane indoor pool. Day memberships available. Roche Harbor 248 Reuben Memorial Drive Roche Harbor, WA 98250 800-451-8910 rocheharbor.com 2 outdoor pools and kiddie pool. Seasonal hours. Day memberships available Other Activities BACK TO TOP Roche Harbor Disc Golf Course 401 Rouleau Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 facebook.com/Roche-Harbor-Disc-Golf-Course Established in 2010, 18 hole course open year round. Mostly flat and with tee pads. San Juan Skate Park 849 Argyle Ave, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 iislandrec.org/skate-park Skateboarding, in-line skating, trick bike facility. Playground equipment. Picnic shelter with tables and large grill. Paradise Lanes Bowling Alley 365 Spring Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-370-5667 paradiselanes.net Bowling, arcade, pool tables & pro shop. Farm Visits BACK TO TOP The San Juan Islands are rich in agricultural history. We encourage interested guests to get out and take in a farm visit during their stay. There are several other farms to visit for culinary and liquid arts exploration, including San Juan Vineyards and San Juan Island Distillery. We come back to that age-old debate as to where to categorize the producers – under farms or culinary exploration. They are technically both. Pelindaba Lavender Farm 45 Hawthorne Ln, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-4248 pelindabalavender.com Organic farm and producer of lavender flowers, essential oil and lavender products for personal care, culinary, aromatherapy and decorative. Krystal Acres Alpacas 152 Blazing Tree Rd Friday Harbor, WA 360-378-6125 krystalacres.com A 70 acre farm with more than 40 alpacas. Country store offers extraordinary selection of alpaca sweaters, coats, and alpaca toys. Culinary Exploration BACK TO TOP San Juan Coffee Roasting Company Cannery Landing Friday Harbor, WA 98250 800-624-4119 coffeesanjuan.com Specializing in exotic French roasts and Estate Grown coffees from around the world. Our special house blend roasted by San Juan Coffee is served at the Harrison House Suites, and we think you’ll agree their coffees have a very special, lively, clean taste. San Juan Island Farmer’s Market 360-378-4248 sjifarmersmarket.com Every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, during the spring and summer season, at Brickworks, just down Nichols Street, a few blocks from Harrison House Suites. Pick up fresh local products, flowers, and hand made one-of-a-kind finds. Pelindaba Lavender 33 Hawthorne Lane Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-9888 pelindabalavender.com Organic lavender farm with over 25,000 plants in bloom May – August. Over 200 lavender products handcrafted on-site including culinary products. Farm store, self-harvesting tours, Lavender Ice Cream, nursery and visitor activities available during the summer. Retail store in Friday Harbor open year round. San Juan Vineyards 136 Roche Harbor Rd Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-4000 sanjuanvineyard.com Located 3 miles from Friday Harbor on Roche Harbor Road, San Juan Vineyards grows Madeline Angevine and Siegerebbe. The on-site tasting room and gift shop is in a historic 1895 one-room schoolhouse. San Juan Island Distillery & Ciderworks 12 Anderson Lane Friday Harbor, WA 360-472-1532 sanjuanislanddistillery.com Tastings Saturday 1-4 March through December. They produce and bottle three vintage Hard Ciders from 100% fresh-pressed heirloom apples, 12 different gins, brandy and an aged Calvados. Westcott Bay Shellfish Company 904 Westcott Drive Friday Harbor, WA 360-378-2489 westcottbayshellfish.com This is a shellfish aquaculture farm producing oysters, clams and mussels. Open to the public Memorial to Labor Day. Galleries BACK TO TOP Arctic Raven Gallery 130 South First Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-3433 arcticravengallery.com Contemporary First Nation art featuring jewelry, masks, ivory carvings, sculpture & basketry. Howard Rosenfeld - Friday Harbor Art Studio 30 Webb Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-5788 howardrosenfeld.com Scrimshaw and dry point engraving and framing Ogle Fine Arts Studio 180 First Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-317-5163 oglearts.com Original sculptures, paintings and fiber art Island Studios 270 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-6550 islandstudios.com Fine arts & crafts made by local San Juan Island artists Waterworks Gallery 315 Spring Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-3060 waterworksgallery.com Sculpture, ceramics, glass, oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pastel, and intaglio from Pacific Northwest artists. Westcott Bay Reserve Sculpture Park Roche Harbor, WA 98250 360-370-5050 sjima.org A 19 acre reserve displaying over 80 sculptures. Excellent bird-watching and nature trails. Museums BACK TO TOP The Whale Museum 62 First St. N. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-4248 whalemuseum.org The Whale Museum is a natural history museum located in Friday Harbor, Washington. Founded in 1979, The Whale Museum is dedicated to the interpretation of whales in the wild. Its mission is to promote the stewardship of wild whales in the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research programs. San Juan Island Historical Museum 405 Price Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-3949 sjmuseum.org Features historic photographs & documents. The museum consists of the original farmhouse, the first county jail, a turn-of-the-century log cabin, barn, milk house, and carriage house. San Juan Island Museum of Art 314 Spring Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-370-5050 sjima.org The museum is committed to promoting the arts of the Pacific Northwest and Southwest British Columbia; offering rotating exhibitions through our three galleries, with approximately 8-10 exhibitions per year, as well as a lecture series titled Art as a Voice. Theaters BACK TO TOP Island Stage Left 1062 Wold Road Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-5649 islandstageleft.org sland Stage Left provides top quality professional theater – free of charge – to all islanders and island visitors, no matter what their financial or social status. From Shakespeare classics under the stars in the summer to works by contemporary playwrights in cozy winter quarters, the productions are always top notch. San Juan Community Theatre & Arts 100 Second Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-3210 sjctheatre.org The offerings at the community theater expand the range from local talent and events to world-class touring performers. Drama, comedies, musicals, dance and music are all among their repertoire . Palace Theatre, LLC 209 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-370-5666 First run movies play on two screens in this historic theater.