Top Choice Aquarium in Seward

Alaska Sealife Center

A fitting legacy of the Exxon Valdez oil-spill settlement, this $56-million marine research center is more than just one of Alaska’s finest attractions. As the only cold-water marine-science facility in the Western …
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 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 Kachemak Bay State Park

Peterson Bay Field Station

Though technically it’s outside the park, this field station operated by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies provides an excellent introduction to the ecology and natural history of the area.
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.
Archaeological Site in Cooper Landing

K’Beq Interpretive Site

This riverfront site, run by the local Kenaitzie tribe, is a refreshing reminder of what this area was like before the flood of sport fishers. A quarter-mile boardwalk winds past an ancient house pit and other archa…
Beach in City of Kenai

Kenai Beach

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 …
Park in Soldotna

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters & Visitor Center

Opposite Kalifornsky Beach Rd near the Kenai River is the junction with Funny River Rd. Follow signs to Ski Hill Rd, following it for a mile to reach this excellent, kid-friendly information center that has an exhib…
Cultural Center in City of Kenai

Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center

This excellent visitors center is among Kenai’s main attractions. The museum features historical exhibits on the city’s Russian heritage, offshore drilling and a room full of stuffed wildlife staring down from the r…