8 Unique Spring Adventures to explore on San Juan Island

Posted on March 13, 2023
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1. Baby Wildlife

Explore the stunning whale watching park with its iconic light house, whale watching platforms and interpretive trails. Look for majestic Bald Eagle parents teaching their eaglets how to fly, baby seals, waiting so patiently for their Mom to come back from hunting, and Humpbacks returning from Hawaii with their babes in tow.

Please keep a respectful distance and never ever feed wildlife.

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San Juan Island, Washington
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2. Wildflower Hike

Walk the prairie high above the Salish Sea at American Camp National Park when it is abloom with Blue camas, wild roses, lupines, poppies and all kinds of other wildflowers. Look for seabirds, foxes and bunnies and walk on designated trails only to help protect the fragile habitat of the endangered Island Marble Butterfly.

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San Juan Island, Washington
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3. Oyster Lunch

In Spring Westcott Bay Shellfish Farm offers lunch on weekends at their rustic Net Shed with amble outdoor seating overlooking this gorgeous working farm. Treat yourself to the freshest seafood and island-made fare you can imagine, paired with a local brew or wine.

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4. Kayak Tour

Let us book you on the first Orca Search by Kayak trip of the season when you make your room reservation with us. Our friends at San Juan Outfitters are the exclusive kayak tour operators at Roche Harbor on the north end of the isle, which allows access to areas no other kayak tour company can go.

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San Juan Outdoors -  Kayak Tour San Juan Island
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5. Art in Bloom

Delight in 20 acres of art...the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park is especially enchanting in Spring when the apple blossoms and daffodils compete with the new art and poems lining the trails.

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San Juan Sculpture Park - Friday Harbor
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6. Bike to the Beach

Check out our complimentary beach cruiser bikes and head to Jackson Beach, just a mile from our hotel. Have a picnic, go beach combing, fly a kite, play volleyball (there is a net) and dip your toes in the crystal clear, very cold water.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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7. Pottery Class

Take a pottery or figure drawing class at the whimsical Alchemy Art Center in the woods. Their cool 35-foot Geodesic dome also functions as a gallery, yoga studio, classroom and event space.

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San Juan Island, Washington
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8. Wine Bar Hopping

Friday Harbor has seven wine bars within walking distance to our hotel. Check out the island-made libations and charcuterie platters at Madrone Cellars right across the street from our hotel. Slurp fresh oysters, old Scotch and champagne at the Oystertale on the waterfront or indulge in the best vegan food you ever had at Mike’s Wine Bar.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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