Orcas Island Activities
Moran State Park’s five fresh-water lakes include Cascade Lake, with special appeal for families—a sandy beach and designated swimming and play area. Rent a paddle boat if you’re feeling energetic, or cast a fishing line off the dock. Visit the salmon hatchery at the lake’s day-use area. Take a little hike and see a waterfall or circle around to hug an old-growth tree, or go horseback riding through the forest. Near Cascade Lake, there are also two pools on Orcas Island; Rosario Resort has an indoor lap pool at the spa, and two outdoor pools, one at the Marina, and one near the Mansion (21-and-over), where you can sit and sip a cocktail by the water.
Orcas Island’s biggest village is the takeoff point for nearby beaches to explore—Crescent Beach, Waterfront Park, or North Beach—and at Eastsound’s Buck Park kids will find a 15,000-square-foot, world-class skate park. The Funhouse Commons provides fun and educational activities and classes for children. The town’s bakeries, good library, skate park and gift shops appeal to kids, and consider taking your lunch to the Village Green and relaxing in the shade of fruit trees.
Orcas hosts a great variety of summer camps for preschoolers to teens, from singing and soccer to sailing and theater. Check listings at orcasfamilyfun.com/special-events.