Things to Do in Orcas Island

Things to Do in Orcas Island, WA - Orcas Island Attractions

Things to Do in Orcas Island

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  • Josh W
    Portland, OR225 contributions
    This review is for the south trailhead. Nice rural hike. Not busy at all. Views of various islands from lookouts. Harbor views, fairly reasonable slope to the top. Lots of grasslands, mixed with trees. Nice quiet hike.
    Written July 11, 2022
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  • TripletA
    Seattle, WA115 contributions
    I love the way this museum is arranged, with the cabins of six of the early settlers moved to this location and linked together. I knew the museum contained exhibits on the early settlers, but it also contained so much more, with little exhibits on prehistoric bison, interactions of settlers with the Samish tribes, and operations of the first telephone exchange on the island, which also doubled as a fire alert system. It's absolutely crammed with artefacts, and the more you look, the more you find. Well worth an hour of your time.
    Written September 11, 2021
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  • ProMetalSales
    Seattle267 contributions
    Just finding this place in the woods is fun and the grounds itself are totally funky, wares displayed on outdoor tables and a creative treehouse you can climb up to. The quality of the pottery is a few levels above those you typically see in pottery shops, if you like this kind of thing you will be impressed. Even if you don't buy anything, its worth the effort just to see it and walk the grounds.
    Written September 19, 2021
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  • Elle
    37 contributions
    A recent review said Judd Cove had no public access.... not true! What is true is that in Orcas fashion, the road looks like a drive way and the "Private/No Trespassing" signs are ten times more obvious than the Land Bank signage. Turn on to bumpy, gravel Fowler's and stay straight, park at the small rock wall next to the metal livestock gate. Access starts at the gate where there is a cute, unobtrusive sign welcoming you.

    You can't launch water craft from the beach. I don't suggest swimming your dog here either.
    Written August 15, 2019
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  • Neeeena
    10 contributions
    We were waiting for the ferry and wanted to stop here so we allowed an extra hour, I’m glad we did. (We’re going to go that every time). We fell in love with their plum cider and had a nice sit with a nice view and an interesting little sitting area (all kinds of musical instruments on the walls) to contemplate our trip. I’m sure it’s lively in high season with all the outdoor seating but we were nice and warm inside on a crisp & cool fall day.
    Written November 28, 2019
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  • Sarah E
    5 contributions
    Hike around Mountain Lake. Kayaks, paddle boards and swimming available. Wish I would have brought a swimsuit. Water was warm!
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Travel333333A
    Toronto, Canada260 contributions
    A true learning center. VEry inspired concept and interesting even for adults. GReat parking lot. Nice lawn to chill out on.
    Written August 3, 2016
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  • Stay766765
    15 contributions
    absolutely fresh seafood in lovely setting overlooking Buck's Bah. The halibut fish and chips was great-fresh halibut, crispy batter, great fries, I had the "Island roll" (halibut, shrimp and scallop). The dining setting is on a grassy lawn with mature willow trees providing great shade. Very nice staff. Perfect!
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • Melody G
    Cupertino, CA18 contributions
    Looking at the wide variety of boats and out upon the water is a very soothing after-dinner pastime. We even got to pet a beautiful and friendly dog near the boats.
    Written March 29, 2022
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  • Ranceford O
    14 contributions
    Wait for a calm day then kayak the 2 3/4 miles to the island, putting in at North Beach. jaw-dropping scenery.
    Written July 7, 2022
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  • TripletA
    Seattle, WA115 contributions
    Gorgeous spot, with lots of space to sit out in the sun and enjoy the valley while you sip the wines. Many tables, set wide apart. There is semi-indoor space for wine tasting on a rainy day, but that would be a wasted opportunity.

    We did the wine flight - expensive, but with generous pours. Unlike many wineries, you don't get a refund on the flight or discount on bottles you buy after paying for the flight. But this place is open 7 days a week on an island with a definite high season, and I accept higher prices to keep it open through the lean times, especially while they're still affected by covid.
    Written September 13, 2021
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  • Ellijenn
    Washougal, WA74 contributions
    Tasty beers and friendly service. Appreciated that they had a lot of outdoor seating options. Parking is up the hill across the street. Wish they had more food options. The vendor that was there the night we visited was serving some dishes that did not go well with beer....
    Written August 31, 2021
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  • Wendy M
    Maryland11 contributions
    Highly recommend! Nice horses, great guide and beautiful scenery. We spent 10 days in Washington/Oregon. My husband, not a horse person, said this was one of the highlights of the trip!
    Written September 18, 2019
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  • go-mhrv
    Seattle, WA31 contributions
    if you have a boat, you can get to this small island often looked over and not so visited. It is set up with full restrooms, and reservable campsites. The old orchard trees remain, and the beach offers a marine harvest of sorts.
    Written November 27, 2019
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  • Lauren M
    2 contributions
    A wonderful surprise experience! We came across Crow Valley School with the thought of just peaking into the museum but was greeted by the kindest tour guide who let us jump in on her afternoon tour. She was incredibly knowledgable about the history of the school, passionate about its history and gave us a stronger appreciation for this town! Highly recommend making a trip, and be sure to jump in on a tour!
    Written June 9, 2022
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