Things to Do on San Juan Island

mopeding and biking on san juan islandThere are so many ways to enjoy your holiday on San Juan Island. The list of things to do on San Juan Island is endless. There are recreational activities, galleries, theaters, museums, restaurants and shopping – from classy boutiques to world class art galleries to shops to excite your culinary delight – all walking distance from the Harrison House Suites. Plan on a minimum of 2-3 days to ensure you won’t miss any of the highlights and a day or two more if you want to island hop and visit one of the neighboring islands.

The list of things to do on San Juan Island is endless so plan enough time for your visit.

We have sample itineraries and a scenic tour to help you plan your stay as well as a top ten list of summer and off-season activities. There is much to do no matter the time of year. If relaxation and repose are on your itinerary, San Juan Island has many quiet settings with expansive vistas or private coves, ideal for meditation, reflection, or to just kick back let the world go by.

Whale Watching and Kayaking

Whale Watching
whale watching on san juan islandThe ability to witness Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcas) in their natural habitat is an experience of a lifetime. Orcas, humpback and minke whales frequent the waters around San Juan Island year round. Whale watch by boat or by shore. You can often watch the whales feed and play off the west side of the island at Lime Kilm Point State Park. Visit the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor to get a better understanding of these majestic creatures that call the Salish Sea ecosystem home.


kayaking on san juan islandThe San Juan Islands are a world-class kayaking destination in the Pacific Northwest, offering abundant marine wildlife, protected waterways, and beautiful scenery. The Harrison House Suites offers complementary use of  sea kayaks for experienced paddlers. For those that prefer a guided trip, there are several kayaking outfitters on San Juan Island that offer a variety of tours based on your ability. Our concierge will be glad to make recommendations and book a trip for you.