San Juan Islands

Things to do in San Juan Islands

The best thing about vacation is the adventures that happen in that far away place, and there are countless adventures to be had with things to do in the San Juan Islands.

Of course, there is the option of enjoying the waterfront and all it has to offer, and Friday Harbor has numerous ways to help travelers decide on what to do in the San Juan Islands’ waterfront. Visitors can rent kayaks and bikes, charter a sailboat or fishing trip, hop on a yacht or whale watching tour, or explore the ocean from the land at The Whale Museum. There’s also plenty of shopping options around the island, plus cafes where you can relax with a book and cup of coffee.

Of course, you are on vacation, so remember to take a break from all of the things to do in the San Juan Islands. You’re at the beach, after all; relax and do nothing at one of the local spas or along the shore.

While you're in one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, don't miss boating out to Haro Strait to marvel at breaching orcas and humpbacks frolicking with their calves.

While you're in one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, don't miss boating out to Haro Strait to marvel at breaching orcas and humpbacks frolicking with their calves.

The shop sells vintage maps and Audubon lithographs.

The Clyde Theatre, a 1937 movie house, screens the classics.

Check out the migration maps and cetacean skeletons.

Rent a bike to explore the island’s farm roads and coastal trails.

Spot seals and otters in the waters below.

In season, stop by and pick your own organic berries. Open Tuesday and Friday 9–3.

Start the day with a cinnamon roll or egg sandwich. Closed December–April.

Dig for littleneck clams along the shore of this retired army base.