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Homer - Alaska

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 5,003. Long known as The “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” Homer is also nicknamed “the end of the road,” and more recently, “the cosmic hamlet by the sea.”

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Homer boasts of a wide variety of activities. There is something for everyone from extreme adventure, fishing, helicopter glacier landings, to relaxing at one of our many spas and wellness retreats. And if you are seeking a cultural experience, don’t miss our award-wining Pratt Museum, or the Islands & Oceans Visitor Center, your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world! The Center for Alaska Coastal Studies offers hands-on experiences providing a personal connection to one of the most ecologically diverse and productive places in the world.

In the summer on Wednesday and Saturday, you can stroll the Farmer’s Market where farmers sell local produce, flowers, honey and jam. Local artist and crafters showcase their one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, artwork and more.

Shop along Pioneer Avenue and experience art galleries, museums, a unique indoor market -Alaska’s Wild Market, restaurants and peony gardens. You will pass a variety of businesses all along Ocean Drive including two micro breweries as you head to the Homer Spit. The Homer Spit is a hub of activity in the summer with campgrounds, beaches, the boat harbor, fishing, lodging, restaurants and a jumping off point to across the bay. East End Road boasts of restaurants, a winery, potters and hiking trails. So, take time to explore it all.

Take a hint from our visitors who comment “This was the highlight of our Alaska trip.” or I wish “I had scheduled more time in Homer!”

Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula is a large peninsula jutting from the southern coast of Alaska in the United States. The name Kenai is probably derived from Kenayskaya, the Russian name for Cook Inlet, which borders the peninsula to the west.

The peninsula extends approximately 150 miles (240 km) southwest from the Chugach Mountains, south of Anchorage. It is separated from the mainland on the west by Cook Inlet and on the east by Prince William Sound. Most of the peninsula is part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Gerasim Izmailov was the first European man to explore and map the peninsula in 1789, though Athabaskan and Alutiiq Native groups have lived on the peninsula for thousands of years.

The glacier-covered Kenai Mountains (7,000 ft/2,130 m) run along the southeast spine of the peninsula along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska. Much of the range is within Kenai Fjords National Park. The northwest coast along the Cook Inlet is flatter and marshy, dotted with numerous small lakes. Several larger lakes extend through the interior of the peninsula, including Skilak Lake and Tustumena Lake. Rivers include the Kenai River, famous for its salmon population, as well as the Russian River, the Kasilof River, and the Anchor River. Kachemak Bay, a small inlet off the larger Cook Inlet, extends into the peninsula’s southwest end, much of which is part of Kachemak Bay State Park