Top Things To Do In Homer Alaska

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Top Things To Do In Homer Alaska

Some of our favorite places in the world happen on accident, and Homer is one of those. When we were planning our Alaska itinerary we had Homer Alaska as a MAYBE. We hadn’t heard much about the city and we weren’t sure there would be enough things to do in Homer to justify the drive down. Well, we are so glad we made the 4-hour journey from Anchorage as Homer was a pleasant surprise and our favorite stop in Alaska. We ended up spending 3 nights as there were a ton of things to do in Homer we didn’t want to cut our visit short.

Suggested Places To Stay In Homer Alaska

There are a ton of accommodation options in Homer from cute cabin rentals, campgrounds, chain hotels, and hotels right on the beach. We stayed at the Homer Campground which was great for us as we could walk the beach and to dinner.

  • Lands End Resort is right on the beach on the Homer Spit this would be our #1 pick. Check prices online | Hotels.com | Expedia
  • Best Western located in town just 2 miles from the Homer Spit. Check prices online | Hotels.com | Orbitz  
  • Airbnb has several listing from small cabin rental for only $40 to $500+ luxury properties with epic views. Click here for $40 off your Airbnb booking.

Things To Do In Homer Alaska

 

1. Get On A Boat Halibut Fishing

Homer is the Halibut capital of the world and one of the most popular things to do is go halibut fishing. We got our Alaska fishing licenses in Homer for $25 which allowed us to go fishing for 24 hours. We hired a Homer fishing charter to take us out halibut fishing for the day. We left at 630a.m. and within a minute of dropping the line, we had a halibut on the line. We were catching halibut right and left, we released most of them but kept our limit of 2 halibut per person. Fishing charters are available year round, you can book online here.

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2. Go Bear Viewing In Lake Clark National Park

Most tourists invest in bear spray when in Alaska and try to avoid bears at all costs BUT in Homer, you can go on a bear tour where you will be literally only a few feet away from wild grizzly bears. We went with Scenic Bear Viewing and it was one of the most magical experiences in our lives and our favorite thing to do in Homer.  Click here to book online with Viator.

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3. Explore The Homer Spit

Explore the Homer Spit the Southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula. The Spit road is the longest road in the world into ocean waters. The Homer Spit is 4.5 miles long extending out into the Kachemak Bay, it will take 10-15 minutes to drive by car. There are several hotels and campgrounds right on the Spit, which is where we decided to stay as there are a bunch of restaurants, shops, and the Salty Dawg Saloon. The Homer Boat Harbor is also located on the Spit, during the summer peak months the harbor serves up to 1,500 boats.

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4. Visit The Salty Dawg Saloon

If you are looking for a dive bar with a great crowd then it’s a must to visit the Salty Dawg Saloon for a drink or five. Established in 1897 it was one of the first cabins built in the area before Homer was even a town. As soon as you walk in you will notice $$ hanging from ceiling and walls. Make sure to leave a message on a bill or the wall and stick it up. The Salty Dawg Saloon is open year round and stays open late. Read TripAdvisor Reviews

Address: 4380 Homer Spit Road, Homer

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5. Hit The Trails Hiking

There are over 80  miles of hiking trails in Kachemak Bay State Park, lace up your shoes! There are several marked trails in the Homer area but the most popular is the 4.5-mile path that runs the entire Homer Spit from the beginning to the tip. Click here for trail maps.

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6. Explore Kachemak Bay

The views along the Kachemak Bay are some of the best on the Kenai Penisula. When you are driving into Homer make sure to pull over at the designated photo spots. The Kachemak Bay is on the Southwest side of the Kenai Penisula and stretches 40 miles long on the Cook Inlet. It’s a great place to rent a kayak.

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7. Get Your Feet Wet Tidepooling

Tidepooling is something we have never heard of before but it definitely should be one of your things to do in Homer. Head down to China Poot Bay, Jakolof Bay, or Bishop’s Beach at low tide. When the tide pulls out you can find starfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, octopus, and other creatures of the sea.

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8. Have A Pint At The Homer Brewing Company

After a busy day head to the Homer Brewing Company for a local tasty brew. I suggest getting the sampler, I loved all their dark beers. My favorite two beers were the China Poot Porter and the Odyssey Oatmeal Stout. They don’t have food but there is an oyster truck outside which was super popular. Click here to read TripAdvisor reviews.

Address: 1411 Lake Shore Dr. Homer, Alaska

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9. Try Local Eats A The Homer Farmer’s Market

For a taste of some local eats and shop some local goods head to the Homer farmer’s market. Open every Wednesday’s 2 pm – 5 pm and Saturday’s 10 am -3 pm, May 27 – September 30th. We suggest going earlier in the day because some vendors sell out early. We highly suggest the halibut tacos.

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10. Take A Water Taxi To Halibut Cove

Halibut Cove is just across the Kachemak Bay only 12 miles from Homer. Halibut Cove is a fishing village over the water and is home to one of the only floating U.S. post offices. There are restaurants, shops, and even a few lodging options. The Alaska Ferry doesn’t run there but there are local companies that run tours to Halibut Cove and provide transport.

11.  Have A Glass Of Wine At Bear Creek Winery

Did you know they made wine in Alaska? Us neither! If you’re looking for things to do in Homer on a rainy day go wine tasting. The Bear Creek Winery in Homer specializing in fruity wines, our favorite was the Raspberry Rossa. We suggest the $5 wine tasting which includes 8 samples and if you purchase a bottle of wine the $5 will be deducted from the bottle. Read TripAdvisor Reviews.

Address: 60203 Bear Creek Dr. Homer

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12. Eat Dinner At Little Mermaid

End a busy day exploring or start your day at the best restaurant in Homer, no joke it’s awesome and it deserves to be the #1 restaurant in Homer on Tripadvisor. It’s known for its fresh seafood, local produce, and hand tossed pizzas. We visited during lunch and had a pizza which was could have easily been split between 3 people and a sandwich with fries (get the fries for sure). The portions were great and some of the best restaurant prices in Alaska we saw during our entire 2 weeks in Alaska. The Little Mermaid is located right on the Homer Spit on the boardwalk of the Homer Boat Harbor.   Make sure to ask for their daily specials.

Address: 4246 Homer Spit Rd, Homer

Have you been to Homer? What are some of your favorite things to do in Homer Alaska? 

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6 Comments
  • Sightsee
    Posted at 17:33h, 30 August Reply

    Wow! This sounds like a great place to spend a few days. I visited when I was 10 (20 yrs ago or so) and if sounds much more exciting than when we visited on our family trip. In fact all I remember is fishing (and not catching anything) at the “Homer Fishing Hole”. It sounds like my parents should have sprung for the halibut fishing charter!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 20:20h, 31 August Reply

      You should def head back to Alaska, there are a ton of things to do in Homer Alaska with fishing being one of the most popular. We highly suggest a scenic bear viewing trip too, that was another highlight of Homer for us. Did you catch any fish when you went halibut fishing in Homer 20 years ago? They were biting like crazy for us.

  • Jean Farrell
    Posted at 21:14h, 31 August Reply

    We loved Homer so much. It was probably my favorite place in Alaska. It has a very bohemian vibe. We drove an RV around Alaska for 10 days with our 3 kids, who were 8 and 10 at the time, and stayed at the Homer Spit Campground, which is right on the beach. [I posted pictures of the campground on Instagram in july (@jeanplanstotravel)]. We took a water taxi across Kachemak Bay to the trailhead for the hike to the Grewingk Glacier, which was perfect for our family. The hike to the top of the glacier is challenging but we just hiked to the glacier lake, which took a few hours, but was very family friendly. The slightly scary part was that we were apparently right behind a mother bear and cub on our way back to meet our water taxi. We saw fresh scat, bear prints, and were told by some people picking berries about the bears. So we made up a very loud song and sang it the whole way, and never actually saw the bears, to my relief, and the kids’ disappointment. Our second favorite town was Seward.

    • Adam
      Posted at 20:48h, 01 September Reply

      We just visited Homer in July of 2017, it was great! There are so many things to do and it just had a real good feel to it! The bears can be scary, I guess it was a busy summer with bears in parts of Alaska. We only saw them when we went on the bear viewing tour, which was a good thing I guess! Safe Travels!

  • nisha jain
    Posted at 01:30h, 08 September Reply

    pictures are really nice. Thanks for sharing with us. This blog is really informative. I liked it very much. Definitely i will visit Homer soon.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 19:47h, 08 September Reply

      Glad you liked our pictures and all the Homer attractions. Homer Alaska is worth the trip. Safe travels.

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