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Friday HarborUnited States of America

This small town on San Juan Island is home to some special historic sites, festivals, open-air markets, craft shops, galleries and parks.

Enjoy the simplicity and serenity of San Juan Island’s gateway town. Friday Harbor is central to the transport, culture and commerce on San Juan Island, but the town is small and only has 2,000 inhabitants. Visit the cafés, restaurants, craft shops, festivals and galleries to get a sense of the community spirit on the island. In summer visitors flock here from the mainland and the bars and restaurants hum with a good natured atmosphere.

Culture thrives in Friday Harbor. Browse the art market, only a stone’s throw away from the ferry landing at Brickworks Plaza. Shop for hand-made pottery, jewelry, clothing and soaps. In summer, enjoy live music and theatre shows in the open air, visit one of the many festivals or simply sit in one of the waterfront bars and soak in the stunning views.

Take a self-guided walking tour of churches, parks and historical buildings. Pause at the granite memorial from 1921 in Memorial Park, which commemorates the locals who died in World War I. Don’t miss the San Juan Historical Museum, located in an old pioneer farmhouse. Tours are available throughout the year and its lawns are also used for major festivals and free live music nights.

Waterfront restaurants serve fresh seafood, harvested on the island, and a wide range of international cuisines, suiting all budgets. Treat yourself to an ice cream for dessert and take a seat on one of the benches in town for some people-watching.

To learn the names and habits of the resident orcas, head to the Whale Museum. Increase your chance to spot the seal colonies and pods of whales by joining one of the daily wild life cruises, kayak tours or scenic flights. During your trip you may meet the international graduate students of the Friday Harbor Laboratories, a world-renowned marine biology section of the University of Washington.

The town sits on the east coast of San Juan Island. Ferries sail directly from Anacortes on the mainland and water taxis can drop you off at nearby islands. Friday Harbor’s airport is close to the town center and has connections to cities such as Seattle and Bellingham.

Top hotels in Friday Harbor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Earthbox Inn & Spa
Earthbox Inn & Spa
2.5 out of 5
410 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA
The price is £211 per night

Located in the heart of Friday Harbor, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Whale Museum, and within 9 mi (15 km) of English Camp and Lime Kiln Point State ...

4.2/5Very Good! (421 reviews)

"The room was clean, comfortable and in a convenient location."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2020

Earthbox Inn & Spa
Bird Rock Hotel
Bird Rock Hotel
2 out of 5
35 First Street, Friday Harbor, WA
The price is £171 per night

Located in the heart of Friday Harbor, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Whale Museum, and within 9 mi (15 km) of American Camp Visitor Center and English ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (161 reviews)

"Clean and as described . Self checking and checkout very convenient"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2020

Bird Rock Hotel
Friday Harbor Suites
Friday Harbor Suites
2.5 out of 5
680 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA
The price is £158 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Juan Islands Museum of Art and San Juan Historical Society and Museum. Whale Museum and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (320 reviews)
Spacious, clean and comfortable

"Enjoyed our stay here. The suites are clean, spacious and comfortable. The bed and living room furniture were very comfortable. The cast iron stove/fireplace in the living room provided warmth and a cozy atmosphere. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is also good: far enough from ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Friday Harbor Suites

Popular places to visit in Friday Harbor

Roche Harbor Marina
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Roche Harbor Marina

Explore the waterfront in Roche Harbor with a trip to Roche Harbor Marina. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Lime Kiln Point State Park
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Lime Kiln Point State Park

Also known as Whale Watch Park, this diving site is one of the best places in the world to view wild orca pods from the shore.

San Juan Island National Historic Park
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San Juan Island National Historic Park

Explore the great outdoors at San Juan Island National Historic Park, a lovely green space in Friday Harbor. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

San Juan County Park
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San Juan County Park

A hotspot for kayakers, this scenic and diverse campsite is the perfect retreat for both those wanting to relax and adventurists.

English Camp
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English Camp

More than 150 years ago, the British Army prepared for battle on this site during the Pig War. Now, it’s a thought-provoking homage to the islands’ dramatic history.

Cape San Juan
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Cape San Juan

Visit the Cattle Point Lighthouse and see if you can spot some seals at the southern tip of San Juan Island.

Top things to do in Friday Harbor

San Juan Whale Watching Tour from Seattle
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San Juan Whale Watching Tour from Seattle

£88
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
San Juan Islands Orca Wildlife Kayaking Tour
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San Juan Islands Orca Wildlife Kayaking Tour

£78
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry
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Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry

£170
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings
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Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings

£37
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Victoria Whale Watching Adventure with Seaplane & Cruise
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Victoria Whale Watching Adventure with Seaplane & Cruise

£281
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
3-Hour Private Tour: Butchart Gardens and Saanich Peninsula
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3-Hour Private Tour: Butchart Gardens and Saanich Peninsula

£218
Per adult

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20 Jun 2019

We hired bicycles and cycled round the island. Great experience

Cities near Friday Harbor

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