Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

This nonprofit organization devoted to promoting appreciation of Kachemak Bay’s ecosystem, runs the Carl E Wynn Nature Center and the Peterson Bay Field Station ($140 day tour), both of which offer guided hikes and educational programs throughout the summer.

It also operates the Yurt on the Spit, right behind Mako’s Water-Taxi, which does a daily ‘Creatures of the Dock’ tour at 1pm and 4pm ($5).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby attractions

1. Ptarmigan Arts

0.33 MILES

Local cooperative gallery with stained class, wood carvings and pottery.

2. Fireweed Gallery

0.33 MILES

This gallery can get good local wares, and has more than just art to hang on your walls: sculptures, carvings, baskets and more are all on offer.

3. Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center

0.69 MILES

More a research facility and museum than a visitor center, this impressive place has numerous cool interactive exhibits. The best is a room that’s a…

4. Art Shop Gallery

0.82 MILES

Alaska art, on every wall. You'll find plenty of watercolors and other mediums here.

5. Bunnell Street Gallery

0.86 MILES

The town's best gallery, with monthly shows of fine art. You can also buy stunning jewelry and pottery.

6. Pratt Museum


There’s lots of local art and Alaska Native artifacts, but a more impressive feature is the interactive displays on the area’s wildlife, designed to…

8. ACarl E Wynn Nature Center

3.17 MILES

Situated on the bluffs above Homer, this moose-ridden 140-acre reserve is highly recommended for families and anyone interested in the area’s ethnobotany …