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Things to do in Southcentral - Homer
 
Plan your trip to Homer!

Welcome to Homer, The self-stylized Halibut Capital of the World! Homer is located 200 miles south of Anchorage on Alaska's Sterling Highway 1. This remote location helped Homer gain the nickname of "The End of the Road". This great town has some uniquely Alaskan culture is one of the liveliest fishing scenes in the world. A great place for clamming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing, boating, or just wandering around, Homer is an awesome place to check out! The combination of wilderness with unique art galleries and restaurants creates a unique culture and beauty. This homey town is a joy to live in, and a once-in-a-lifetime visit.

 





release your artsy side in Homer's art shops, boutiques, and cafes!
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release your artsy side in Homer's art shops, boutiques, and cafes!
Visitor Information

The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, located just off the beach in Homer, is open from 9am-6pm daily.Inside, it offers a variety of exhibits and interpretive trails outside. Since its construction in 2003, this center has been a valuable resource for the community. Not only does it contain worthwhile interactive displays, it is also a leading example for other research facilities across the state. With the aid of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, many important research projects are conducted in this center. The close proximity to Kachemak Bay lets you observe ecosystem described in educational programs firsthand. It will enhance your outdoor experience to have a ranger or naturalist answer any questions that arise. For further information, call 907-235-6961 or visit their website:http://islandsandocean.org.

The Homer Museum offers fantastic displays of everything from Darkened Waters, an exhibit on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, to local quiltwork and a botanical garden featuring over 150 species of native plants.  



Mountains line the coast by Homer
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Kenai Mountain Glacier Fields line the coast by Homer's famous Spit

Spend the Day: Hiking!

Hike one of the many trails near Homer. Homer has some great hikes and trails available for visitors of all levels of fitness. The Homestead trail extends 6.7 miles and is a superb family hike, being of a moderate difficulty. The Bishop's Beach Hike is an easy trail that you can follow to fit your schedule, and is perfect for anyone interested in tidal pool life. Kachemak state park also has a variety of wonderful trails, compiling more than 80 miles of trails altogether! The Lagoon Trail is a moderate to difficult 5.5 mile trek, while the China Poot Lake Trail, is 2.5 miles and fairly easy. These are great options for short half-day hikes. The Spur and Seldovia Otterbahn trails offer short but more intense walks around the area. It is located less than 10 miles from the spit, just across the Bay. Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park is the only designated wilderness park in Alaska. Many local companies offer a water taxi service across the Bay for the ease of tourists. Friendly town-folk will also guide you to the trailheads and campgrounds within the park. 

These hikes around the Homer area offer great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Bear viewing, birding, and whale watching are some of the most popular options. If you are not comfortable with hiking, many tour companies offer scenic flights or boat rides to specific animal viewing destinations. Bay excursions on ecotours offer many seaside adventures. 

 



Homer is nicknamed the "Halibut Capital of the World"
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Some people believe the Homer Harbor to be the "economic engine that moves the lower peninsula"

Spend the Day: On the Water!

The Homer Spit is a narrow formation of land that  extends to the coast. This road is the longest road into ocean waters in the world. Being the Halibut Capital of the World, Homer is an obvious location for some great fishing, whether you're looking for that classic Alaskan fish, salmon, or trout! Enjoy Fishing? Homer has some of the best halibut fishing with opportunities for whale watching and a very large population of Bald Eagles.

Remember to have your fishing license before heading out; visit the Department of Fish and Game website at http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/ for more information or to register for one.

Go clamming on the Homer Spit! The Spit was included on the list of America's 100 Best Beaches due to the spectacular views of both landscape and wildlife. There are many uses along the 4.5 mile long spit, one of them being clamming. Razor clams are also big, juicy, and plentiful along Ninilchik beach. So grab your bucket, shovel, and fishing license and catch yourself some local Alaskan delicacies! While you're in Homer, ask around and see if you can find some tasty recipies for them as well.



Stay Overnight: Go Camping or Rent a Cabin!

Camping and Cabins are widely available around the area; visit our cabin and camping pages for more information about opportunities in and around Homer. You can find places on the shore overlooking the sea, or in the seclusion of the forest! Most of the park is available to campers, with quite a few developed sites. If you're lucky to snag one of these, they provide a fireplace, picnic table, tent platform, information, food cache, and an outhouse. It is advised to contact the park staff for details prior to your trip.



Many various remote locations have cabins including: Moose Valley, Leisure Lake, Tutka Bay, and Halibut Cove Lagoon
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Many various remote locations have cabins including: Moose Valley, Leisure Lake, Tutka Bay, and Halibut Cove Lagoon

Public Use Cabins are also available to the public for rent on a reservation basis. While these are great places to spend the night, transportation is not arranged for you. Most visitors choose to access the park by boat or airplane since there are no roads. Many other services such as air charters, water taxis, or boat rentals are available from local Homer residents. But all commercial operators must have a permit to enter the park units, and unauthorized services will be turned away. Changing weather conditions can also change the approach to cabins as riptides, shallows, and high tides add danger to your journey. Make arrangements before your trip! 

You can reach a park staff member at (907) 262-5581 





 
The brilliant green and red lights of the aurora arch and shimmer above the small white lights of town. Did You Know?
The aurora borealis is visible on average more than 200 days per year in Fairbanks, making it an international tourist destination for aurora viewing.
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