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Things To Do on San Juan Island

The list of things to do on San Juan Island is endless. There are outdoor recreational activities, galleries, theaters, museums, restaurants, and shopping all within walking distance from the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites. Plan on a minimum of 2-3 days to ensure you won’t miss any of the highlights and stay a day or two more if you want to island-hop and visit one of the neighboring islands.

There are so many ways to enjoy your holiday on San Juan Island, so plan enough time for your visit.

We have sample itineraries and a scenic tour to help you plan your stay as well as a top ten list of summer and off-season activities. There is much to do no matter the time of year. If relaxation and repose are on your itinerary, San Juan Island has many quiet settings with expansive vistas or private coves, ideal for meditation, reflection, or to just kick back let the world go by.

Whale Watching

The ability to witness whales in their natural habitat is an experience of a lifetime. Orcas, humpback, and minke whales frequent the waters around San Juan Island year round. Whale watch by boat or by shore. You can often watch the whales feed and play off the west side of the island at Lime Kiln Point State Park. Visit the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor to get a better understanding of the majestic creatures that call the Salish Sea ecosystem home.

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three people kayaking near a rocky outcrop


The San Juan Islands are a world-class kayaking destination in the Pacific Northwest, offering abundant marine wildlife, protected waterways, and beautiful scenery. The Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites offer complimentary use of sea kayaks for experienced paddlers. For those who prefer a guided trip, there are several kayaking outfitters that offer a variety of tours based on your ability. Our concierge will be glad to make recommendations and book a trip for you.

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Recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine

We have been recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the best place to stay when visiting Friday Harbor and San Juan Island.

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