“Lime Kiln Point is a 36-acre day-use park set on the west side of San Juan Island. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from a land-based facility. Orca whales are common in the waters off Lime Kiln. The park, which features a richly diverse environment, includes the remnants and landscapes of a history filled with change, along the rocky shoreline and through the wooded uplands”

Lime Kiln is definitely one of the most beautiful places to enjoy on San Juan Island and most times tourists are able to see the local pods of Orca whales swimming by in the sound. Lime Kiln is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk and is home to many species of wildlife and plant life. Activities include hiking, diving, beach-combing, bird watching and other wildlife viewing.

“San Juan Island National Historical Parkcelebrates how individuals and nations can resolve disputes without resorting to violence. For it was here in the mid-1800s that Great Britain and the United States settled ownership of the island through peaceful arbitration.”

The National Historical Park is home to English Camp and American Camp on the lovely San Juan Island. Historically referencing the Pig War in 1859 between the American and the British, the park contains many historically accurate displays and historians. It also hosts events that can be viewed on the park’s website. There are visitor centers where tourists can find out more about the historical aspects of the park.

Named after former Mayor of Seattle and shipbuilder magnate Robert Moran, this state park encompasses 5,252 acres of Orcas Island. Located in the park is the highest peak in the San Juan Islands, Mt. Constitution. At 2,409 feet you can view the surrounding islands and other cities in Washington and Canada from the top of a stone observation tower, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936, at the top of the mountain. The park includes around 50 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails and activities include camping, boating fishing and swimming in the many lakes.

Spencer Spit is located on Lopez Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It’s 138 acres include marine and beaches as well as camp sites. Activities include 2 miles of hiking trails, crabbing, fishing, swimming, clamming, camping and boating, as there are docks to moor at. The parks unique name comes from the lagoon-enclosing sand spit on which it is located.