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 coldwater marine-science facility in the Western H…
Top Choice Museum in Homer

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center

More a research facility and museum than a visitors 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 …
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…
Museum in Hope

Hope-Sunrise Mining Museum

This small grouping of log cabins preserves relics from early miners and homesteaders with a great deal of respect. Creaky buildings give a feel for life at the turn of the 20th century; a quick guided tour is worth…
Museum in Seward

Seward Community Library & Museum

This eclectic museum has an excellent Iditarod exhibit; a rare 49-star US flag, and relics of Seward’s Russian era, the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and the 1989 oil spill. There are also lots of amusing antiques, in…
Archaeological Site in Cooper Landing & Around

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 fishermen. A quarter-mile boardwalk winds past an ancient house pit and other arc…
Cultural Center in City of Kenai & Around

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…
Museum in Soldotna

Soldotna Homestead Museum

This museum includes a wonderful collection of homesteaders’ cabins spread through six wooded acres in Centennial Park. Ask for a free guided tour to discover the stories of early homesteaders who were awarded plots…
Nature Reserve in Homer

Carl 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.
Cultural Center in Homer

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 …