TrolleyCarSeattle is a travel nursing hot spot!  When looking at adventures around Seattle, San Juan Island is a great place to go for a weekend getaway or an exciting day trip.  

San Juan Island is ultimately considered a “small town” community, in that it is relatively quiet rural living with little distractions or incidents aside from tourism. The only incorporated town on the island is Friday Harbor.

Friday Harbor has weekly newspaper, an online daily news site, along with several tourist businesses including quaint hotels and restaurants. It definitely has a tourist-driven economy. Outside of Friday Harbor, the only major commercial establishment resort is the village of Roche Harbor, located on the northwest side of the island.

Other notable landmarks are the old British and American Camps at opposite ends of the island, which together comprise the San Juan Island National Historical Park, which commemorates the 1859 “Pig War”. Interpretive centers and reconstructed buildings, formal gardens, etc. recall the history of early European settlement in the area.

It has a number of interesting attractions including The Whale Museum; a new Art Museum building completed in 2015; the San Juan Community Theatre; the Sculpture Park (located near Roche Harbor); Lime Kiln Park where on many days you can sit and watch orca pods swim by; and, its own resident camel, Mona.  [1]

On one these these weekend trips, a traveling healthcare professional found a great way to get around the island via Trolley Car.  Thanks to Alison, we have found out that Friday Harbor’s Jolly Trolley has begun offering tours of the Islands’ top tourist attractions in an old-fashioned, authentic trolley.

“Come with us as we guide you through our beautiful Island with state-of-the-art audio and video to inform you about why this place is so magical,” say proprietors. All-day passes with “hop-on/hop-off” freedom cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids 10 years and under for the entire day your ticket is valid. Come aboard to see why the Jolly Trolley is the BEST way to explore San Juan Island!

For schedules, visit or call 360-298-8873.  Jolly Trolley tours currently depart based on scheduled ferry arrival times in Friday Harbor between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week. The Jolly Trolley can be found parked at the ferry landing during ferry unloading.

1.  San Juan Island. (2016, February 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:40, May 25, 2016, from San Juan Island.