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Things to do in San Juan Islands

Updated on May 28, 2009

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San Juan Islands

There are plenty of fun and exciting things to do in San Juan Islands which located in the Salish Sea between three great cities and two countries: Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. The San Juan Archipelago comprises more than 700 islands and reefs. Much of the commercial activity in San Juan County takes place in Lopez Village on Lopez Island, Eastsound on Orcas Island, and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. People from all over the country and the world have found that the islands are perfect for vacations year after year. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions are special because of the great variety of activities suitable for all ages.

San Juan Islands are accessible by Washington State Ferries or by air, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands have been luring explorers and visitors with their natural beauty since they were first discovered with their variety of things and activities to do in San Juan Islands in WA.

San Juan Attractions

San Juan Islands
San Juan Islands

Whale Watching in San Juan Islands

The best Orca (killer) whale watching is offered in San Juan Island and is one of the fun adventurous things to do in San Juan Islands. San Juan Safaris is located in Friday Harbor, just steps from the ferry landing on San Juan Island. There is nothing quite as spectacular as the sight of a pod of Orca whales along the protected coastlines of the San Juan Islands. A whale watching trip from Friday Harbor is the perfect choice for any vacation in the Pacific Northwest, and being near the Seattle, Washington area makes it a great day trip as well

Whale Watching in San Juan Islands
Whale Watching in San Juan Islands

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking is another adventurous thing to do in the San Juan Islands from Anacortes, in Washington State, makes experiencing the San Juans an effortless experience.Kayak the San Juan Islands against the spectacular backdrop of the Olympic Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Paddle the Wasp Islands, Blind Bay and Lopez Island, offering some of the best sea kayaking in the world. Explore waterways and shorelines, viewing fantastic marine life. During the kayaking trip you will watch seals,bald eagles, Orca whales, porpoise (one of the best places in Washington State to see them), peregrine falcons (and their nest), sea lions, interesting sea birds, sea stars and urchins, kelp forests (huge seaweed!) the oldest rock formations in the San Juan Islands and a historical lighthouse

Sea Kayaking in San Juan Islands

Sea Kayaking
Sea Kayaking

Cycle the Island

From quiet pebble beaches to blossoming meadows, San Juan Island cycling vacation is a peaceful retreat from busy everyday life. In San Juan Island you can bike on serene island roads, navigating around harbors, inlets, bays, and rolling, green mountains. you can also cycle through colorful tulip nurseries and old sheep farms. In the fall, it is possib;e to pick wild berries from just about anywhere along the way. A half-day's ride will take to the top of Mt. Constitution, where to climb up an old stone fort's princess tower for a bird's-eye view of the entire San Juan Island chain, the Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound, Olympic National Park, and Cascade mountain range providing multiple activities to do in San Juan Islands.

Cycling in San Juan Islands
Cycling in San Juan Islands

Hike the Mt.Young

If you’re in the mood for a healthy hill climb with a touch of history, the Mount Young Trail might interest you. The trail starts at the British Camp parking lot and runs directly up Mount Young, the hill over looking Garrison Bay. The first part of the trail is a forest service road that runs straight up through the young forest surrounding British Camp. After about 10 minutes, walkers break out into the dry meadows that cover the upper hillside. From there, prepare to sweat off a few calories. it’s a 1/4-mile climb and steep. The trail zig-zags in and out of forest on switchbacks to the crest, a small plateau on the side of the hill. The hiker’s reward is a sweeping eastern view of the islands, including Henry, Pearl and Spieden Islands. Also visible to the southeast are the Olympics, one of the best views of that range from the San Juans. This is not to mention an eagle's-eye view of San Juan and Garrison Bay.
 

Mt.Young
Mt.Young

Whale Museum

When you visit The Whale Museum, you enter a place that is a delightful combination of science and magic. In the Gallery of Whales you'll learn about the natural history of marine mammals, with a special focus on the orcas of J, K and L pods living in the waters of the San Juan Islands. You'll find a fascinating collection of exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts, including real whale skeletons and a family tree of the resident orcas. You can also listen to the "songs " of various species of whales in the Whale Phone Booth, and watch the free, 30-minute video on Pacific Northwest orcas, showing continuously making it one of the top things to do in San Juan Islands, WA.

House of the Whale Museum
House of the Whale Museum

Sea Kayaking in the San Juan Islands

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      ~Kimberly Kay~ 7 years ago

      i have been curious about what the San Juan islands are like. I am from Tacoma, and i don't usually go in that direction. if i go out camping or hiking i find myself on Rainer, or on a day drive through the Olympics. both are beautiful areas, but I wouldn't mind going out that way too. =D