updated May 2017
Check out these top 10 family-friendly things to do on San Juan Island, picked and tested by our guests!
1) Whale Watching
The best time to see Orcas in the wild is April through September, when our resident J-Pod is joined by the transient L & K-Pods to summer, party and eat lot’s of fish. Check out San Juan Safaris for an unforgettable boat tour.
2) Lime Kiln State Park aka Whale Watch Park
Lime Kiln is considered one of the best places in the world to see whales from land. Learn about the Orca habitat, climb an authentic lime kiln, play in tide pools and on rocky cliffs.
Enjoy the serenity of being on the water, watching wild life and breathing clean, salty air. San Juan Outfitters is known for its high guide to guest ratio on its day kayak tours, whale tours by kayak and overnight and camping tours.
4) Zip Lining
Zip San Juan features family friendly zip tours through the beautiful San Juan forest, across an otter inhabited lake and protected wetlands.
5) Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Spread over 25 acres with Olympic Mountain views, the unique Pelindaba Lavender Farm offers over 240 lavender products, many of them featured at the Earthbox Inn & Spa. Stroll the fields, have a lavender lemonade and soak in the beauty.
6) South Beach
Located on the southern shore of American Camp National Park, San Juan Island’s longest pebble beach is the place for picnics, while watching bald eagles, otters, seals, foxes, bunnies and sometimes the Orca whales.
7) Whale Museum
Friday Harbor’s Whale Museum is an amazing natural history museum, the first in the country to be dedicated solely to a species living in the wild. Listen to Orcas sing, learn about the marine ecology of the Salish Sea and don’t forget to adopt an Orca!
8) Sculpture Park
Stroll through 20 acres of outdoor art close to historic Roche Harbor Resort. They offer kids’ workshops throughout the summer. Puppies are welcome.
9) Young Hill
This 3 mile hike inside English Camp National Park will take your breath away. Not because it’s a little hilly, but because of the utterly rewarding view on top.
10) Pear Point Loop with Earthbox Beach Cruisers
Check out some fun Beach Cruisers at the Earthbox front desk and ride this 6 mile loop along the waterfront. Stop by Jackson’s Beach for a picnic and reward yourself with one of the 72 ice cream flavors at the Friday Harbor Ice Cream Co. on your way back.