Things to Do in Homer, Alaska
Adventure awaits in Homer, Alaska. Pick from such activities as hiking, which can start right from your cabin tour, or bear viewing, horseback riding, or fishing, all with the backdrop of some of the most stunning views in the world.
Hike through Kachemak Bay with your family to see the wide variety of natural beauty that is only found in Alaska. Ecotourism-related activities include wildlife photography, birding, and hiking. Discover Alaska's culture and history, search through tidepools, and experience breathtaking scenic views.
Kayaking in Kachemak Bay is very popular. Depart from the Homer Spit with a Kayak Outfitter who will provide all the gear and instructions. Once across the bay, you will Kayak in pristine coves and watch sea otters frolicking in the water, bald eagles, and if you are lucky you may even see a whale.
The new Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center is located less than two miles toward the Homer Spit from our cabins.
The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center takes you on a dramatic journey through the refuge's past and present and invites you to follow biologists as their research ship sails to remote islands each year.
The Visitor's Center is your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors.
There are eleven trails in and around the Homer area ranging from hikes downhill to the beach with a steep return, trails that loop through grassy fields, flat terrain through woods and meadows with a viewing platform, and guided tours with a naturalist at the Wynn Nature Center.
There is something for every level of hiker.
There are more than a dozen trails spanning 80 miles across the bay in the Kachemak Bay State Park.
Our personal favorite is the Glacier Lake Trail, an easy 3.3-mile hike to Grewingk Glacier Lake. The hike takes approximately 1-2 hours to get the lake and about 1 hour from the lake to the pickup point. The hike can also be made into a full day by exploring additional trails.
Enjoy spectacular views of the lake and glacier. You can also see and hear the ice calving off the glacier. Return via the Saddle Trail, a one-mile switchback through forested terrain.
The trails in Kachemak Bay State Park include opportunities for fishing, berry picking, and wildlife viewing. You might see puffins, sea otters, dolphins, whales, and sea lions.
Kachemak Bay is home to many unique and beautiful sea birds. Birding tours are available. Be sure to bring your camera!
A water taxi from the Homer Spit is available to take you across the bay and drop you off and pick you up at a designated time of your choice.
Bear Viewing has become increasingly more popular in Homer due to the proximity to the bears from Homer and the diverse choice of transportation to see the bears. You can go by helicopter, floatplane, wheeled plane or onboard a boat.
The best time to see the bears is late May until late fall. They actively feed on grasses in the spring, clams, and salmon in the summer, and berries and seeds in the fall, all to fatten up before winter hibernation. Food is so abundant, my experience is they mostly ignore you while bear viewing!
Some of the most popular locations are the Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Preserve, and Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. You can witness bears in their national habitat and get some amazing photos.
Be sure to inquire about the proximity to the bears once you get there, as the access can be quite varied. For instance, the helicopter will drop you right where the bears are located and there is not much walking, and some trips require minimum walking and others a lot of walking to get to the bears.
"When we think of beauty, grandeur, peace, etc., we will always think of Homer, Alaska and Alaska Adventure Cabins."
-- Steve, Barbara, Laura & Kelly