San Juan Island & Friday Harbor
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Gateway to the San Juan Islands
If you want to escape to a slower pace, you’ll be enchanted by Friday Harbor—a charming, historic, walkable seaport just steps from the ferry landing, with small, friendly shops and restaurants, and a refreshing absence of fast-food chains.
In this visitor-, family-, and dog-friendly town, you’ll find many of the San Juans’ whale and kayaking tour headquarters, The Whale Museum, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, the San Juan Community Theatre for plays and musical events, the San Juan Historical Museum, and a plethora of bed and breakfasts, hotels and inns, farm stays, camping/glamping, and more.
There's no need for a car to see Friday Harbor. Everything is within walking distance of the ferry landing, and it is easy to get around, including shuttle buses and a trolley to take you around the island, as well as bike, three-wheeled Scootcoupe, and moped rentals. From Friday Harbor you can also catch an inter-island ferry to Lopez, Orcas and Shaw Islands.
Friday Harbor accommodations offer a wide range of options that let you open your doors to all that the town has to offer. You can get away from it all and still be just steps from charming cafes, galleries and shops, musical performances and plays, the Saturday farmers' market, and more.
Whether you are looking for culture, history, shopping or heading onto the water, Friday Harbor is a great place to start. Walking on the ferry to Friday Harbor? No problem; there is a simple way to travel to almost any activity without your car.