Lime Kiln Point State Park, Friday Harbor

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Lime Kiln Point State Park is a 36-acre Washington state park on the western shore of San Juan Island in the San Juan archipelago. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas from a land-based facility. Due to the unique bathymetric properties of the site, visitors on the shore can be within 20 feet of whales jumping out of the water (breaching and spyhopping). The park was the site of lime kilns beginning in 1860, and one kiln has been restored as a public exhibit.
The park provides opportunities for picnicking, hiking, beachcombing, orca watching, and tours of the still operational Lime Kiln Light. An interpretive center has displays and activities about orcas and the area's former lime kiln industry.
The park is supported in part by the Friends of Lime Kiln. Volunteers and marine naturalists are often onsite to assist and educate visitors.
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  • No whales this time, but the hike and the historical information was worth our visit. lovely. educational. peaceful. 
    No whales this time, but the hike and the historical information was worth our visit. lovely. educational. peaceful.  more »
  • West edge of San Juan Island across from Vancouver Island. Fun place to watch the ocean and I hear there are whales swimming by sometimes. 
    West edge of San Juan Island across from Vancouver Island. Fun place to watch the ocean and I hear there are whales swimming by sometimes.  more »
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  • A special place on earth! Orcas galore!
  • Really nice park area. We walked along the coast along the forest path. There is a path that is not arduous that you can use to walk to the Whale Watching point. We used the coastal path. At the whale Watching point, we were able to see a pod of orca fins relatively close, probably a few hundred feet from the coast. Awesome experience and would recommend as a place to chill, wait and watch!

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