Surf on the beach of Kenai on the Kenai Peninsula.


Kenai Beach

Kenai Peninsula

Down below the bluffs is an oddity in Alaska: a sweeping, sandy beach, ideal for picnicking, Frisbee-chucking and other waterfront fun. There are stellar views of the volcanoes across the inlet, and from July 10 to 31 you can watch hundreds of frantic fishers dip-net for sockeye salmon at the mouth of the Kenai River.

Sadly, unless you’ve lived in Alaska for the past year, you can’t participate.

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Nearby Kenai Peninsula attractions

1. Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center

0.43 MILES

This excellent visitors center is among Kenai’s main attractions. The museum features historical exhibits on the city’s Russian heritage, offshore…

2. Soldotna Historical Society Museum

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4. Captain Cook State Recreation Area

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