The Pacific Northwest is rich with art of all forms, and one of the best places to see some of the local talent is the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. Located just outside of Roche Harbor along the San Juan Transit route, the sculpture park features over 20 acres of outdoor art and houses 130 sculptures. Many of the sculptures were made by famous artists from the United States and Canada, but some budding new artists are also featured. The sculptures are viewable from 5 self-guided trails through the park. The total walking distance is about a mile. Pets are welcome. There is also an area called the Starfish Project where kids of all ages can try their hand at sculpting using found items provided by the park. The sculpture park is open every day from dawn to dusk. Admission is a $5 suggested donation, but kids are always free. There are restrooms and plenty of room for a picnic if you’d like to stay for the day.
While you’re in the area, don’t miss a stop at the Westcott Bay Shellfish Co. Westcott Bay is known for its pristine oyster habitat, and several species are harvested from the bay and available for sale at the Shellfish Co. Picnic tables are available for self-schucking, so you can enjoy a lunch of some of the best oysters in the region while admiring the view over the bay, or you can pick up some fresh seafood and take it back to your charter boat for a memorable evening barbecue.