Top 10 Things to do in Orcas Island, United States

November 20, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

Discover the best top things to do in Orcas Island, United States including Moran State Park, Orcas Island Pottery, Sucia Island State Park, Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, Northwest Classic Daysailing, Turtleback Mountain, Island Hoppin' Brewery, Orcas Island Historical Museum, Orcas Island Artworks, Orcas Island Winery.
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1. Moran State Park

3572 Olga Rd, Olga, Orcas Island, WA 98279-8556 +1 800-452-5687
Excellent
80%
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18%
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5 based on 486 reviews

Moran State Park

Reviewed By TerryTom2119 - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

We didn’t do any hiking in the Park as my husband is limited with walking, but we did enjoy a beautiful drive to the top with one stop at a Lookout point!
What a view! Absolutely gorgeous! It was a clear day so you could see for miles. At the top there is a short hike up which I took- and you can view the entire area with markings that tell you what your viewing.
A morning well worth spent!

2. Orcas Island Pottery

338 Old Pottery Rd, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-9319 +1 360-376-2813
Excellent
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5 based on 258 reviews

Orcas Island Pottery

Reviewed By ryanpeg - Portland, Oregon

what a great place - so many items for sale. Very interesting layout with multiple small buildings. we had a blast exploring.

3. Sucia Island State Park

Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA
Excellent
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5 based on 72 reviews

Sucia Island State Park

Reviewed By Erik S - San Juan Islands, Washington

It can be challenging to get to Sucia Island, but it is worth the effort. Fantastic rock formations along the shorelines are a highlight of the place. Joining a multi-day kayak camping tour might be the best way to see the unique geology.
Be cautious if you paddle out there alone, if you don't have the right skills then you can get into trouble very quickly. The Strait of Georgia, just north of Sucia, is a big place, and any wind in the Straits can quickly turn the waters into a frothy mess. This is one place where it might be best to use a guided trip, unless you are quite skilled at sea kayaking.

There is fresh water available for most of the summer, but it is best to check before you go. Sometimes the wells dry up.

4. Buck Bay Shellfish Farm

77 Ej Young Rd, Olga, Orcas Island, WA 98279-9343 +1 360-376-5280
Excellent
77%
Good
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Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Buck Bay Shellfish Farm

Reviewed By Real_Customer_555 - Sun Valley, Idaho

We spent a week on Orcas and bought some combo of oysters, clams, crabs, salmon, and smoked salmon to eat at home five out of seven days.

While we started calling it Hundred Buck Bay, the value was there so it didn't bother us.

I've also heard that eating there is a good option with a gorgeous view!

Buck Bay was a true highlight of our trip. *Big Smile*

5. Northwest Classic Daysailing

Deer Harbor Marina, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA +1 360-376-5581
Excellent
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5 based on 68 reviews

Northwest Classic Daysailing

Offering 3-hour day-sails aboard Classic Wooden Sloop "Aura" from May to October, departing from the Deer Harbor Marina. Learn to sail, steer and handle llines as much or as little as you desire. Bring food for a floating picnic. We will navigate through the scenic heart of the San Juans. Maximum 6 people. It's beautiful out there!

Reviewed By hdewster - Bedford, New Hampshire

Iris is a well-maintained classic wooden sailboat. Captain Chris is a genial and knowledgeable host who made us feel right at home. Since my wife and I were the only two guests he let us do most of the sailing( we have sailboat on the...MoreI think you meant that nice review to go to San Juan Island Classic Daysailing. We are easily confused since they chose a similar name to my business. Captain Ward, Northwest Classic Daysailing Sloop 'Aura'

6. Turtleback Mountain

Wild Rose Lane, Orcas Island, WA
Excellent
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Turtleback Mountain

Reviewed By Anthony T - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

We went in from the north end. Got as far as Waldron Island Overlook. Hiking on a moderately steep logging/fire road. Saw some interesting birds. We wanred to go out to Turtleback Head but recurrent injury prevailed.

7. Island Hoppin' Brewery

33 Hope Ln, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-8915 +1 360-376-6079
Excellent
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5 based on 41 reviews

Island Hoppin' Brewery

Reviewed By Joemarie - Seattle, WA

What a great place to go visit... nested about 2 miles outside of "downtown" Orcas, close to the airport, the brewery is a great hangout. Bring your own food, sit down and enjoy. Great parking, good selections, indoor and outdoor seating, overall a great place to rest your tired legs from your outdoors adventures.

8. Orcas Island Historical Museum

181 N Beach Rd, Orcas Island, WA +1 360-376-4849
Excellent
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5 based on 23 reviews

Orcas Island Historical Museum

The largest of the San Juan islands is also one of the prettiest, with rocky terrain for hiking and dramatic shorelines for kayaking and whale watching.

Reviewed By CLH2000 - Evanston, Illinois

If you are on Orcas, check this place out! Fills you in--tons of interesting things about the island!

9. Orcas Island Artworks

11 Point Lawrence Rd, Olga Rd and Point Lawrence Road, Olga, Orcas Island, WA 98279-9607 +1 360-376-4408
Excellent
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5 based on 18 reviews

Orcas Island Artworks

A treasured Orcas Island destination for visitors and locals alike, the Artworks offers one of the finest selections of local art and crafts in the San Juan Islands. We represent over 45 Orcas Island artists and craftspeople. Established in 1981, our co-op shares its historic building, a renovated strawberry packing plant, with the Catkin Cafe, an all-scratch kitchen offering a menu that changes with the seasons and featuring island-grown produce and house made pastries. Located two miles past Moran State Park in the hamlet of Olga, the Artworks is a short walk from the boat-accessible Olga public dock.

Reviewed By Arima1951 - Olga, Washington

The Artworks Gallery and The Catkin Cafe are located in Olga on spectacular
Orcas Island. the Gallery features approximately 40 local Orcas Island Artists.
Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry, and an Ecclectic mix of fine
Crafts...There is also a new addition of a sculpture garden on the grounds.The Catkin Cafe is a lovely place to have breakfast or lunch...there is inside and outside seating.
It is a child friendly cafe...The building used to be an old strawberry packing facility,
And is listed as a Historical Treasure of the island...A Must see while on Orcas.....

10. Orcas Island Winery

2371 Crow Valley Rd, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-5567 +1 425-314-7509
Excellent
60%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Orcas Island Winery

Reviewed By carriefromcharlotte - Jacksonville, Florida

Should be #2 on "things to do" (Mount Constitution is my #1). Great wine tasting - really laid back and kind of rustic but good company (the girl working was super personable) and the wine was reasonably priced :-) Nothing fancy but we really enjoyed ourselves and wished we would have found a way to bring home more of their wine!

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