Things to Do

Art, activities and agriculture flourish on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juans. The horseshoe-shaped island is a magical mix of lush forest, farm valleys, placid lakes and stunning mountains, all wrapped around a beautiful fjord.

Eastsound, the hub of Orcas Island, offers casual to fine dining, boutiques, galleries, a performing arts center, a first-run movie theater, and a history museum. The Funhouse (a children’s discovery center), a world-class skate park, and tide pools are nearby.

The panoramic view of islands, water and mountains from atop 2,409-foot Mount Constitution is a must-see. Situated in 5,000-acre Moran State Park, the mountain is marked with foot trails that the Civilian Conservation Corps carved in the 1930s. It’s possible to drive within 100 steps of the top, then walk to the viewing area or up the view tower. Moran State Park also offers lakes for swimming, paddle boating and fishing; waterfalls along 30 miles of tranquil trails, and camping.

Whale watching, sea kayaking and golfing can also be enjoyed on Orcas, as well as numerous festivals and a May-September Farmers’ Market. Art and pottery galleries are dotted throughout the island; you can even make your own pottery at a couple of them.