Homer, Alaska: Places We Enjoyed Exploring With Kids

Our stay in Homer was pretty easy going, not so much packed with activities as other places in our itinerary. Staying at Seaside Farm made a significant contribution to this experience: picking up raspberries as many as we wanted, walking down to the beach via a private path and enjoying the most wonderful sunsets.

Here’s our list of top destinations in and around Homer for families with kids:

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

Start discovering Homer by immersing into local culture and history! A great indoor exhibition, interesting for both, kids and adults. We also liked the guided walk from the center – a great way to learn about the area from locals. Those guys told us a lot about vegetation. Two things I remembered very well were pushki (“cannons” in Russian) – how useful this plant is and why we and kids should be very careful with it; and what happened to those ghostly grey spruce trees you can’t miss during your road trip in Alaska. We saw these spooky spruces everywhere. They are a reminder of the spruce beetle devastation from the 1990s.

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Homer
Alutiiq seal intestine rain jacket with grass stitching. Alaska Islands and Ocean Center, Homer

Skyline Drive

Enjoy the incredible panoramic view of the entire town of Homer, Homer Spit, stretched out in the Kachemak Bay, and the Kenai Mountains. To get there, enter Skyline Drive from either end: West Hill Rd or East Hill Road. We made all the way up to the end of the road past Carl E Wynn Nature Center. You can hike there or make a stop in the middle.

Fireweed meadow over Kachemak Bay, Homer
Panoramic views of Homer and the Spit from Skyline Drive

Karen Hornaday Park

Let children roam free at Karen Hornaday park. Huge, wooden, amazing playground for kids of any age. Nice place to meet local families and enjoy some cool views over the bay and the mountains. Loved it!

Russian Old Believers

Tell the little ones about Russian Old Believers. You may meet them in a local museum or grocery store. Dressed beautifully in colorful, embroidered outfits, they are members of the closed community of “Little Russia in Alaska”. They come from several tiny Russian villages settled at the outskirts of Homer, most of them remote with hardly any connection, except for Nikolaevsk.

Creatures of the Dock Tour

Homer reaches out into the beautiful Kachemak Bay via the 5-mile long Homer Spit. The unforgettable Alaska Route 1 ends up right here, at the very tip of spit. There are several spots worth trying out at the spit. Start with the Homer Spit trail. You can either walk or bike the entire trail or just park in the middle of it and take a look around from there, as we did. The trail is easy and flat and runs up all along the way AK Route 1.

Participate in the “Creatures of the Dock” tour, from the Center for Alaskan Coastal studies. Up-close interactions with marine invertebrates in a wild, right at the Homer Harbor docks. Perfect for kids and adults, low cost. This was one of the best highlights of our trip to Homer.

Haven’t gone fishing yet? You can try it at the Homer Spit Nick Dudiak Lagoon, aka Fishing Hole. It is stocked up with coho and chinook salmon and equipped with cleaning and picnic tables.

Homer Harbor docks, Alaska
During “Creatures of the Dock” tour form Center for Alaskan Coastal studies, Homer
At one of the many Homer Spit beaches

Things We Missed but Would LOVE To Do

Although we fully enjoyed our time in Homer, we would love to come back and try some unique things we missed, like the Katmai National Park, halibut fishing, and more!

Bear catching salmon in Katmai National Park, Alaska

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