25 Things to Do in the San Juan Islands & Friday Harbor

There is no place more beautiful on a sunny day than Friday Harbor. San Juan Island is the perfect place to relax on a day trip or a weekend getaway and is also home to a variety of fun activities such as hiking trails, kayaking trips, and moped and bicycle rentals so you can explore the island. This list is a good starting point for ideas of things to do in Friday Harbor with quick activities such as shops, ice cream and a stroll on the beach as well as adventures that can fill up several hours, such as a visit to Pelindaba Lavender Farm or exploring the island. Book your day trip Whale Watching excursion or a weekend getaway package today!

San Juan Island voted #4 of the Top 10 Islands in the United States by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2014

Named prime spot for wildlife viewing by CNN 2012

Named to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards: Top Islands in Continental U.S. and Canada Hall of Fame for being a Top Island for 10 years or more!

Year-Round Activities

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  • Whale Watching with the Clipper
  • Rent a bike and cycle around the island
  • Book a kayaking adventure
  • Visit Pelindaba Lavender Farm
  • Rent a moped from Susie’s Mopeds
  • Visit the Whale Museum
  • Check out the Arts Fair and the Lavender Festival mid July
  • Take a hike on one of many trails on the island including Mt. Young
  • Browse shops, galleries and the open air market
  • Explore tide pools on the beach
  • Walk around the docks at the marina
  • Play a game of tennis on public courts
  • Visit a museum such as the San Juan County Historical Museum, San Juan Islands Museum of Art and the Sculpture Park
  • Play a round of golf
  • Go wine tasting or explore the vineyard
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market (runs on Saturdays, April-October)
  • Hike to the mausoleum
  • Go scuba diving
  • Visit the San Juan County Fair in August
  • Explore the Lime Kiln Lighthouse, and while you’re at the park, keep an eye out for whale sightings
  • Get an ice cream cone or cup of coffee and relax at a park overlooking the water
  • Bird watching
  • Go Zip Lining through the forest
  • Orca Fest happens mid-May
  • Go on a romantic carriage ride