Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Homer

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 mesmerize both kids and ex-kids. More sobering is the Storm Warnin…
Top Choice Seafood in Homer

La Baleine

Hands down some of the best food in Homer, if not the entire Kenai Peninsula. As much of it as possible is organic or made in-house, the seafood is freshly caught and the greens and mushrooms locally foraged. Come h…
Top Choice Museum in Homer

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center

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 replica seabird colony, complete with cacophonous bird calls and s…
Area in Homer

Homer Spit

Generally known as ‘the Spit,’ this long needle of land – a 4.5-mile sandbar stretching into Kachemak Bay – is viewed by some folks as the most fun place in Alaska. Others wish another earthquake would come along an…
Nature Reserve in Homer

ACarl E Wynn Nature Center

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 – though the price tag is a little steep.
Seafood in Homer


In the village of Halibut Cove on Ismailof Island, Saltry makes for the ultimate date, with an outdoor deck over the aquamarine inlet and excellent seafood and vegetarian cuisine. After eating, check out the galleri…
Cultural in Homer

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Brings hundreds of birders and 100,000 shorebirds to Mud Bay in early May, making it the largest bird-migration site along the Alaskan road system. The tidal flats of Homer become the staging area for thousands of b…
Italian in Homer

Fat Olives

Housed in the old ‘bus barn,’ this chic and hyperpopular pizza joint and wine bar serves affordable appetizers such as prosciutto-wrapped Alaskan scallops and delicious mains such as wood-oven-roasted rack of lamb. …
Gallery in Homer

Norman Lowell Studio

This surprisingly spacious gallery features the work of the self-taught homesteading painter. While it can get a little Bob Ross and cheesy, many of the paintings are quite powerful and certainly masterfully crafted…
Pizza in Homer

Finn’s Pizza

Finn’s wood-fired pizzas are best enjoyed with a pint of ale in the sunny upstairs solarium. Is there anything better than an excellent pizza and unobstructed views of the bay? We don’t think so. You can also get so…