Outdoor Activities & Fun Things to Do on San Juan Island

Visitors to San Juan Island will be charmed by the eclectic offerings of this island getaway, from world-class museums and gardens, to galleries, restaurants and more. Friday Harbor becomes a bustling little burg in summers, which is why you should also consider a winter visit. You'll have the island--and all the peace and quiet you can handle--to yourself.

San Juan Island offers some the best opportunities for sightseeing that you'll find anywhere. Home to American and English camps, two national parks offering tours into the island's rich past.

Head to the island's Northwest corner for Roche Harbor, a historical landmark with humble beginnings from the late 1800s as the log bunkhouse for the Roche Harbor Lime and Cement Company.

If it's Orca Whales that you want to see--from May through September, close to 90 Orcas ply the waters of Haro Strait, on the island's west side. There, Lime Kiln Point State Park offers opportunities galore to observe the whales in all their glory.

Outdoor enthusiasts will never be at a loss for things to do and places to see. Your adventure starts here!

Bicycling

Bicycle Adventures: San Juan Islands Tours
Phone: 1(800) 443-6060 or (360) 786-0989
Offers bicycling, hiking, and multisport vacations throughout the San Juan Islands

Island Bicycles
380 Argyle Ave., 3 blocks from Ferry
Phone: (360) 378-4941
Rent a bike from Paul during your visit! They also offer repairs, and sales.

Susie’s Mopeds
125 Nichols,
Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor
(located at the resort entrance)
(360) 378-5244
sjmopeds@rockisland.com
Moped, Car, and ScootCar Rentals

TerraTrek Premier Bicycle and Multi-Sport Vacation
Phone: 1(888) 441-2433
Enjoy bicycling, hiking, sea kayaking, and whale watching.

Backroads
Phone: (800) 462-2848
Offers bicycling, hiking, and multisport vacations throughout the San Juan Islands.

 

Boating and Kayaking


San Juan Safaris
Phone: 1(800) 450-6858 or (360) 378-1323
Whale watching, sea kayaking, and kayak rentals. Departing from Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor. Five-hour Orca search by kayak.

Crystal Seas Kayaking
Phone: 1(877) SEAS-877 or 360-378-4223
Offers 3 hour, day, and multiple day tours in the San Juan Islands with naturalist guides. See whales, eagles, seals and more. No experience required. 

San Juan Outfitters
Phone: 1(866) 810-1483 or 360-378-1962
Family friendly Whale Watching, Sea Kayaking & Adventure Tours departing from Roche Harbor & Friday Harbor. Multi-day Kayak Adventures, Private Tours & Lessons.

San Juan Excursions
Phone: 1(800) 80-WHALE
Orca Whale Watching, Sea Kayaking & Birding-Friday Harbor & Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, WA. Kayak Tours: 3 hour Wildlife.

San Juan Classic Day Sailing
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Phone: (360) 378-6700
inforsjcds@gmail.com

Offers 3 hour, 1/2 day and full day sailing charters, sailing to and from many of the islands that make up the San Juan Archipelago while providing knowledge of local wildlife, weather phenomenons, and historical island lore along the way.

Victoria Clipper
Phone: 800.888.2535
Passenger-only ferry service with seasonal daily departures to the San Juan Islands
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Sea Quest Kayak Tours & Whale Watching Trips
Join a kayak quest for whales with biologist guides. Sea kayaking in the premiere orca whale watching waters off the west side of San Juan Island on day tours or 2-5 day camping trips to remote islands. No experience necessary. Families welcome. Over 20+ seasons!


Golf


San Juan Island Golf Club
Phone: (360) 378-2254
A 9 hole golf-course with a restaurant, banquet facilities, and pro-shop.

 

Museums


The Whale Museum
Phone: (360) 378-4710
Located in the heart of Friday Harbor, the Museum is popular destination for visitors and researchers.

The Whale Museum Store
Phone: (360) 378-4710, ext. 30
Drop by this friendly store to check out gifts, books, clothes, educational toys, and all things whale-related. Proceeds directly benefit whale education & research.


Outdoor Adventure


Zip San Juan
360.378.5947
info@zipsanjuan.com
Enjoy a fun filled experience zipping across 8 cables of various heights and lengths that take you soaring through forests, across a wildlife inhabited lake, and over a natural wetlands area.

 

Parks and Recreation


Hiking Trails on the Island
Cannery Landing
Front Street, Friday Harbor
Phone: 1(800) 887-8387 or (360) 378-8887
A beginner's guide to the easy-to-find and easy-to-enjoy hikes on the island. (Presented by San Juan Transit).

Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Phone: (360) 378-4248
Stroll through the 25,000 organic lavender plants, browse the lavender products handcrafted on the farm and harvest your own lavender bouquets.

San Juan Island National Historical Park
Phone: (360) 378-2902
Two national parks on San Juan Island including English Camp and American Camp. This site explains how war in 1859 between the US and Britain was avoided.

Westcott Bay Institute & Reserve
Phone: (360) 370-5050
A sculpture park which boasts a rotating exhibit of over 50 sculptures placed in an open 19 acre setting, combining art and nature. And The Island Museum of Art in Friday Harbor.


Transportation

San Juan Transit
Cannery Landing
Front Street, Friday Harbor
(800) 887-8387
Transit Service, Tours, Charters and Other

Susie’s Mopeds
125 Nichols,
Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor
(located at the resort entrance)
(360) 378-5244
sjmopeds@rockisland.com
Moped, Car, and ScootCar Rentals


Whale Watching


San Juan Safaris
Phone: 1(800) 450-6858 or (360) 378-1323
Whale watching, sea kayaking, and kayak rentals. Departing from Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor. Five-hour Orca search by kayak.  

Maya's Whale Watch Charters
Phone: (360) 378-7996
An intimate Orca whale watching tour in the pristine, wildlife rich waters of the San Juan Islands with naturalist and retired school teacher, Captain Jim.

Western Prince Cruises
Phone: 1(800) 757-6722 or (360) 378-5315
The first company in the islands to specialize in Whale and Wildlife Cruises. Narrated by a full-time naturalist.

San Juan Outfitters
Phone: 1(866) 810-1483 or 360-378-1962
Family friendly Whale Watching, Sea Kayaking & Adventure Tours departing from Roche Harbor & Friday Harbor. Multi-day Kayak Adventures, Private Tours & Lessons.


Wine and Art


Roche Harbor Village
Visit an 18-acre sculpture garden of original works, artist booths, walk the docks and see 100's of boats, eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at the restaurants, grab a latte or ice cream cone, shop in one of the three boutiques and more.

San Juan Vineyards
3136 Roche Harbor Road
Phone: (360) 378-WINE (9463)
San Juan Island's only commercial winery and vineyard features many award-winning wines and offers free tastings. A gift shop is located in the tasting room and offers a nice selection of wine-related items.

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Summer Stretch

Stretch your summer and save 30% in our outdoor paradise!

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School's In, You're Out!

Kids are back in school and you're back on the road!

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See You in September

We'll fall all over you and the one you love!

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The Royal Doggie Treatment!

Give your dog the Royal Treatment this fall!

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Savor the San Juan Islands!

Savor the San Juan Islands this October!

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