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…
Nature Reserve in Kenai Peninsula

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.
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…
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…
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 …
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 fishermen. A quarter-mile boardwalk winds past an ancient house pit and other arc…
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…
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…