Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 8 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address:1567 Westside Road Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Hours: 8:00 am – dusk
Lime Kiln Point is a 36-acre park on the west side of San Juan Island. This park is considered to be one of the best places in the world to see whales from land. Visitors can see minke whales, orcas, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and otters cruise the shoreline. Explore the area along the 2 miles of hiking trails. Picnic tables are scattered around the lighthouse and along the rocky shoreline, providing beautiful views for a meal. Diving is popular at this spot, but is dangerous due to strong currents. Visit the Interpretive Center to learn about the whales, the historic lime kilns and the 1919 lighthouse. There is also a souvenir shop and activities for children.
Address: Pick up location: End of 1st Street, in the turn around near the Courthouse
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $84, Children – $74 (price includes transportation to and from Friday Harbor to the site) * Note that the weight policy is 60 – 280 pounds
Zip through the beautiful forest, across an otter inhabited lake and over protected wetlands on this breathtaking zip line tour. This family friendly tour features 8 zip lines and takes approximately 2-3 hours. Visitors will be given a safety orientation and will have the opportunity to practice zip lining on smaller zip lines. The tour guide will lead the group on a brief hike to the first line. Throughout the tour, you will have a birds-eye-view of tall Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars. This zip line tour is a fantastic way to experience San Juan Island’s natural landscape while gliding through the forest canopy. Book your tour in advance to reserve your spot.
Address: 62 1st Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Phone: (800) 946-7227 ext. 30
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $6, Children – $3
Learn all about these giant fascinating animals at the Whale Museum. On the first floor, you will learn about the dangers of plastic in the marine environment, an overview of baleen whales, where whale sightings have been seen in Washington, as well as a gift shop and other interesting exhibits. The Gallery of Whales is located on the second floor of the museum. Here you will learn about the natural history of marine mammals, with a focus on the orcas living in the Salish Sea, the waters around San Juan Islands. Visitors will be amazed at the real whale skeleton. Check out the online gift shop for whale apparel, jewelry, stuffed animals, books, DVD’s, houseware and much more.