Best of the Kenai Peninsula
Hope: Now almost a ghost town, this once-booming mining town is the place that time forgot. Several fine hikes head out from here.
Alaska SeaLife Center: Touch tanks, puffins swimming underwater, and fascinating exhibits are great, but seals and sea lions steal the show at this popular Seward marine science center.
Resurrection Bay Tours: Several Seward companies offer wildlife and glacier tours by boat. Half-day excursions tour the bay; all-day versions (take your Dramamine) make it into Kenai Fjords.
Combat Fishing: The Kenai and Russian Rivers are major destinations for Anchorageites and tourists in search of their bag limit of red salmon. It’s an elbow-to-elbow frenzy at the midsummer peak.
The Homer Spit: Jutting four miles into Kachemak Bay, this narrow sandy peninsula provides a great base for halibut charters, sea kayaking, bird-watching, cycling, dining, and shopping.
Islands and Ocean Center: Modern and slick, this free center houses exhibits on the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Don’t miss the award-winning film about the refuge and its wildlife.
Pratt Museum: One of the finest small museums in Alaska, the Pratt always has something interesting, including a touch tank with tide-pool animals in the back room.
Kachemak Bay and Gull Island: Gull Island with its thousands of nesting seabirds is a favorite destination for day tours. Also popular are trips to the off-the-road-system villages of Halibut Cove and Seldovia.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition