Unique Attractions near La Conner

La Conner is filled with off-beat, only-in-La-Conner attractions, everything from an internationally known arch bridge to a small park dedicated to a local dog. Most are walking distance from La Conner Channel Lodge; all are worth spending a while exploring. We've listed a few of these attractions below.

Nasty Jack's Antiques

  • Address: 103 Morris St, La Conner, WA
  • Hours: Daily, 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  • Distance from us: 0.1 miles (2-minute walk)

Nasty Jack's Antiques is a family owned and operated antique store that's been a fixture in La Conner since 1972. They carry an extensive collection of American and English antiques, including furniture, vinyl records, historical hand-crafted items, and vintage magazines, comic books, and toys. Onsite, you'll also find classic coin-operated rides for kids and plenty of ice cream and espresso to enjoy.

Nasty Jack's Antiques was established in 1972 by "Nasty" Jack Wilkins and "Diamond" Jim Reynolds. Over the years, the establishment became one of the largest, best known antique stores in the Northwest.

Today, Nasty Jack's Antiques is owned and operated by Marlo and Gary Frank, "Nasty" Jack's daughter and son-in-law. The store is located in downtown La Conner in what was originally the Brunswick Hotel and Fair Store. Built in 1891, the 12,000 sq. ft. structure is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Rainbow Bridge

  • Address: Rainbow Bridge, La Conner, WA
  • Hours: Daily, 24 hours
  • Distance from us: 1.2 miles

Rainbow Bridge is a steel through arch bridge that runs almost 800 feet across the Swinomish Channel, connecting La Conner to Fidalgo Island. Originally constructed in 1957, the bridge has a unique appearance due to its solid rib design and lack of spandrel bracing and hinges. Its unusual design helped it be listed on the National Register of Historic Places sooner than would normally be the case. The bridge's orange-red color is simply what it was originally painted. Contractors intended to paint it green later (like most bridges in Washington), but La Conner townsfolk insisted on keeping it the original color.

You can walk across Rainbow Bridge, and watch the action 75feet below, as tugs and fishing boats head up and down the Swinomish Channel. And, if it's a clear day, you'll have fantastic views of Mount Baker in the distance.

Dirty Biter Park

  • Address: 622 1st St, La Conner, WA
  • Hours: Daily, 24 hours
  • Distance from us: 0.3 miles

Dirty Biter Park is a (very) small park in downtown La Conner that's dedicated to an iconic town pooch. In the 70s and early 80s, the dog liked to hang out at a local bar next to what is now Dirty Biker Park. The bar even had a special stool reserved for him at the bar. Dirty Biter was owned by La Conner local Suzie Bacanello, but was more-or-less adopted by the town until its death in 1982.

Dirty Biter Park is a quiet little park near the waterfront. It has a few picnic tables, a memorial plaque, and a bronze sculpture of Dirty Biker. The park also has a small boardwalk along the waterfront and a pleasant view of both the Swinomish Channel and Rainbow Bridge.

Magnus Anderson Log Cabin

  • Address: 2nd St, La Conner, WA
  • Hours: Daily, 24 hours
  • Distance from us: 0.3 miles

Magnus Anderson Log Cabin, located just up the street from the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum, is a log cabin that was constructed in 1869 by Mr. Anderson. The cabin was originally built at Pleasant Ridge, Washington, moved to Pioneer Park in 1952, and moved again to its present location some time after that.

If you have an interest in historical sites, Magnus Anderson Log Cabin is worth visiting. At times, the cabin is open, and you can take a look inside. Otherwise, it's still an interesting structure to take a look at.

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