San Juan Island Whale-Watching
Family-friendly wildlife spotting off the coast of Washington.
Pods of migrating whales, plus otters and seals, can be spotted just off the shores of Friday Harbor. Orcas are the most commonly sighted, but humpbacks, gray, and minke pass through here, too. Take a tour to listen to a naturalist speak about their habits and listen to their eerie calls. The season lasts from mid-April to early October, but the best time to spot the majestic creatures is from late May through September.
San Juan Brewing Co. and the Front Street Alehouse
San Juan Safaris
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.
Check out the migration maps and cetacean skeletons.
Lime Kiln Cafe
Tuck into fish-and-chips and hearty burgers.
Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes
On 83 woodsy acres in one of the prettiest parts of the Pacific Northwest, accommodations range from a lodge and an Airstream to 15 comfortable tent cabins.