Explore Homer Alaska Things to Do

Homer has many names — “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World,” “End of the Road,” “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea” and “one of America’s happiest seaside towns.” To us, there’s no place like Homer, and we invite you to immerse yourself in our slice of paradise. There’s a bounty of things to see and do for everyone, whether a fisher or foodie, a photographer or adventurer. Local residents, shopkeepers, tour guides, and innkeepers work hard to make sure visitors have an amazing experience during their time in Homer and on the Kenai Peninsula.

Whether you’re looking to experience Homer’s pristine outdoors with recreation and tours, bear viewing, and fishing, or taking in local arts and entertainment, great Alaskan food and drink, or other services, everything you want to experience in Alaska is right here in our wonderful little town. Come discover a quality of life and leisure rarely found in one place, along with a profound sense of community that’s ready to welcome you in.

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In addition to the many categories above, be sure to check out Homer’s top attractions, including:

The Homer Spit

A 4.5 mile long geographical landmark located on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, jutting out into Kachemak Bay. The spit is a hub of activity each summer, humming with tourists, charter boats, beachcombers, shoppers, and diners.

Kachemak Bay State Park

Alaska’s first state park is home to mountains, glaciers, forests, and coastal scenery. The park’s outstanding beauty makes it a top destination. Visitors will find opportunities for fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, and mountain sports.

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

Built in 2003 as a resource for the community and visitors to Homer, the Center offers exhibits and displays for visitors to enjoy and learn about the area. While there’s lots to see inside, beautiful Kachemak Bay is just outside its doors.

Gull Island

Located between Homer and Halibut Cove on the other side of Kackemak Bay, Gull Island’s 40 foot cliffs attract more than 16,000 nesting seabirds annually. Charter boat operators offer bird-watching tours over to the Island that often spots sea otters as well.

Karl E Wynn Nature Center

The nature center, located on the bluffs above Homer, is a 140-acre reserve featuring interpretive trails focusing on native flora and fauna. The visitor center displays additional exhibits and offers daily, naturalist-led hikes throughout the summer.

Pratt Museum

A small, yet award-winning regional museum offering exhibits, programs, and events exploring life around Kachemak Bay. There is also a historic homestead cabin and forest trails to explore. The museum’s mission is to preserve “the stories of the Kachemak Bay region”.

Halibut Cove

Originally a fishing village, Halibut Cove is now home to several artists, businesses., and one of the only floating U.S. post offices around. The community, located 12 miles across Kachemak Bay from Homer, is accessible by boat only, making it a fun side trip.

Bishop’s Beach Park

Don’t miss a chance to enjoy this huge, wide, SANDY beach. Come sit on the sand and soak up some sun or visit after dinner for an enjoyable, sunset walk. Bishop’s Beach is a fun place to let the kids run while you enjoy the beach, the wildlife, and the other wonders of nature..

Seldovia

Seldovia may only be 15 miles from Homer across Kachemak Bay but it’s in a world all its own. This small coastal community is known locally as the “City of Secluded Charm,” which perfectly describes it. Ferries depart several times a day to make the 45 minute crossing. Water and air taxis are also available.