Homer Bucket List
Explore Kachemak Bay
• Harbor Tours – Hop a water taxi on the Spit, walk or ride the Homer Spit bike trail, or take a summer guided “Creatures of the Dock” tour operated by the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies.
Custom water transportation is available from the Homer Spit to destinations across the bay including Seldovia, Halibut Cove and Kachemak State Park with access to hiking, biking, camping and kayaking. Enjoy a fully narrated tour of the Kachemak Bay with stops at Gull Island Seabird Rookery and Eldred Passage. Spot wildlife such as whales, bald eagles, sea otters and ducks.
• Glacier Hiking – Hop on a water taxi to Kachemak Bay State Park and hike through a boreal forest to Grewingk Glacier. Enjoy spectacular views, Grewingk Glacier Lake, and if lucky, see the ice calving off the glacier.
• Remote Camping – Kachemak Bay State Park offers five public use cabins that can be reserved through the state park office or online at the Alaska State Park website.
• Bear & Wildlife Viewing – by helicopter, float plane or boat, Homer is the gateway to the best bear viewing in the State of Alaska. Encounter, Sandhill cranes, sea lions, seals, sea otters, whales, eagles, and moose sightings are frequent on Homer streets!
• Sea Kayaking – Take a water taxi to secluded paddling areas in one of the many covers and bays located across the bay or take guided trips from one of several outfitters for ½ day, full day or overnight.
• Bird Watching – Well-known as a bird watching destination, there are ample opportunities to spot horned and tufted puffins, red-faced cormorants, scoters, grebes, loons and eiders. Join the Kachemak Shorebird Festival the first weekend of May.
• Four-wheeling – Most people have little or no experience with ATVs, but it doesn’t matter. The guides work hard to make these trips accessible for everyone, while still giving you plenty of time to pause and enjoy your up-close look at nature.
• Paddleboarding – enjoy a stand up aquaria at Grewingk Glacier Lake or on your own on the Homer Spit.
• Hiking – With over 80 miles of trails in Kachemak Bay State Park, there is something for everyone. A 4.5 miles path stretches from the beginning of the Homer Spit and ends at the tip. There are a dozen groomed and marked trails throughout the Homer area.
• Kite surfing – With the extreme tides, kite surfing is common off the Homer Spit. But be sure to wear a wet suit.
• Eco-tours – Take a guided excursion with a naturalist and stop by a bird rookery, go tide pooling and identify sea creatures. Learn about the local habitat, volcanoes and the Kachemak Bay.
• Biking – Bike the 4.5 miles Homer Spit trail with your own bike or a bike rental, or bike one of the many paved trails around Homer and across the bay. Rent a fat bike and discover Homer’s beaches and backroads on your own or hire a guide for the day.
• Horseback riding – Take a guided horseback adventure for ½ day or a full day, stay at overnight in a tent or bunkhouse. Even ride on the many beaches in the area.
• Halibut Capital of the World – While a variety of fish abound in our bay, Homer is best known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World". Visitors get a thrill from hooking the large, white fish ranging in size from 25 lbs. upwards of 400 lbs. Go fishing for ½ day, full day or overnight fishing.
• Salmon Fishing – Fish year-round with runs of King (Chinook) Salmon, Silver (Coho) Salmon, Red (Sockeye) Salmon, Pink (Humpy) Salmon, Steelhead (North Pacific Salmon), and Winter Feeder King Salmon.
• Homer Spit Fishing Lagoon – The fishing lagoon is a stocked with hatchery raised King and Silver Salmon that are released and return mature with no fresh water destination for spawning.
• Deep Water or River Fishing - Other species abound in the waters of Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet, including rockfish and lingcod. Whether deep water or river fishing for salmon, Dolly Varden or steelhead, anglers can plan on a fun and challenging outing.
Museums & Visitor Centers
• Pratt Museum – An award-winning museum with indoor exhibits featuring native culture, science, homesteading,, marine ecology, live aquaria an special exhibits year-round.
• Islands & Oceans Visitor Center – The Center houses interpretive and interactive exhibits, as well as daily films, ranger-led activities and a book store. Open year-round and free to the public.
• Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies – Enjoy a naturalist-led guided walks at Carl Wynn Nature Center, dock tour with up-close look at marine creatures, and day trips across the bay to Peterson Bay Field Station.
The Art Scene
• Art Galleries – Plenty of local art fills establishments from Pioneer Avenue to the end of the Spit.
• First Friday Gallery Walk – First Friday’s monthly features local artists showcasing their talents throughout town.
• Theater Performances – Check out the Pier One Theater on the Homer Spit.
Food & Spirits
• Winery & Brewery Tours – Check out our world famous Winery and two Brewing Companies.
• Award Winning Restaurants – Homer is a “foodie destination” where visitors come to enjoy great food. Known throughout Alaska for an incredible selection of wonderful restaurants.
• Farmers’ Market – Open every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer featuring local crafts, local produce and food vendors.
• Pioneer Avenue – A plethora of art galleries, souvenir shops, retail establishments and places to “wine and dine.” Check out the Peonies Gardens and Art Murals along the way.
• Historic Old Town – Great dining, shopping, art gallery, day spa, consignment shop and gateway to Bishop’s Beach.
• Homer Spit – a 4.5 mile long glacial terminal moraine featuring bike trails, campgrounds, places to eat, souvenir shops.
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