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“My favorite stop on the island and admission is free!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of English Camp

English Camp
National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
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Pensacola, FL
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“My favorite stop on the island and admission is free!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

After a stop in Friday Harbor to buy groceries, we took the perimeter road south to the American Camp where we hiked and had lunch at the beach and detoured to the Pelindaba Lavender Farm and the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park. Then, we went to the winery and doubled back to Lime Kiln, a scenic shoreline for whale watching. My advice would be to go to the Lime Kiln state park prior to heading north so you won't have to double back as we did. English Camp was more interesting than American Camp, but they both have distinct histories. It is located about 10 miles north of Friday Harbor and the site included a hospital, barracks, commissary and beautiful gardens. We saw the short film there, about 10 minutes long, that you could also watch at American Camp but this location was better as it was not a corner of the museum but it's own designated room to watch the movie. See the free film to understand the history of the island. There were displays around the camp also indicating what happened there. The visitor's center is open and staffed by rangers from 8:30-4:30, housed in the officer's mess hall. It was a short hike down and back up from the parking lot so it may be difficult to access for those who can't make it on foot. Admission is free!

Visited June 2014
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“Definitely visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Wonderful place - gardens, views, visitor center. There are easy hikes from here as well. Incredible views!

Visited June 2014
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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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“Short walk, pretty beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a short walk along a flat path in a meadow to a pretty beach. Might be a cute place for a picnic.

Visited June 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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“Picturesque, quiet and good opportunity for birds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a lovely spot on the island, with a large English flag flapping in the wind over the remaining camp building. There's a small formal garden and a wide open field for running around, picnicking or what-have-you.
The Bell Point Trail is not 2 miles long as is noted in one of the maps; it's a VERY easy, flat 1 mile walk in a loop. Keep your eyes up as you walk -- about 50 yards past the dinghy dock) -- for eagles flying through or sitting in the trees.

Unfortunately, the post from June 9, 2014 is incorrect. (I talked with the ranger on June 17 and confirmed.) The telescope is pointed at an osprey nest. Still cool, but not eagle babies. The ranger said they haven't been able to find the eagles' nest yet, though you will spot eagles if you keep your eyes up as you walk around Bell Point Trail. Also, none of the rangers were in period costume -- maybe that's only a weekend thing or special event?

Visited June 2014
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“Pretty Spot on the Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is not real exciting for little kids, but the fact that we almost went to war with England over a death of a pig... Is sure interesting to anyone who enjoys history.
It is a short walk from from the parking lot, but it is a pretty steep hill.
The rangers that are in period costumes... Are very nice and they do offer the services of a golf cart for those folks with mobility issues.
Worth a look if you are doing a scenic drive around San Juan Island.
Enjoy WEST-MORRY

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