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Must-See Sites If You’re Staying On the Homer Spit

Renowned for its rugged coastlines with serene beaches, dramatic mountains, deep fjords, and old-growth Sitka spruce forests, the Homer Spit is the place to go if you want to be enveloped by breathtaking natural beauty and tranquility. 

Watch for whales, sea otters, and porpoises in the water and gaze up to see bald eagles soaring overhead. With the magnificent backdrop of dense forest and snowy peaks, there are few places more extraordinary. But there’s a little bit of something for everyone here. History and art enthusiasts will find plenty to love, and there are some fabulous shopping and dining venues to enjoy too. 

Whether you’re a resident Alaskan looking to explore or traveling from a great distance, these are some of the top things to put on your must-see list while in Homer.

 

Kachemak Bay State Park 

Stand on the long, narrow piece of land called Homer Spit that juts out into Kachemak Bay. As you look across the water, you’ll see Kachemak Bay State Park. This 350,000-acre paradise is a stunning wilderness area with more bald eagles than you can count. 

There are soaring mountains, glaciers, an extensive trail system for exploring on foot, and protected coves for paddling. Visitors also enjoy beachcombing, fishing, and wildlife watching, all while immersed among striking natural beauty.

Alaskan Local Tip 

The locals and anyone who has been to Homer will tell you the scenery never disappoints. It’s jaw-dropping and grand in scale at nearly every turn. But part of what makes it that way is the weather. It’s lush and green because the area gets lots of rain which means you’ll be lucky to enjoy a day without getting wet. 

The key is to remember that there’s really no bad weather, only bad clothing. Come prepared to roll with the punches, and you can enjoy yourself no matter what mother nature throws at you.

Local Galleries

The scenery may be the star of the show, but it also inspires creativity. Art enthusiasts will find many galleries in Homer, one of the artsiest communities in all of Alaska. From Pioneer Avenue to the end of the Homer Spit, you’ll find local art–with everything from oil paintings to Alaskan resident works to be discovered.

Alaskan Local Tip 

Hop aboard the Danny J passenger ferry to the artist enclave of Halibut Cove to browse even more at the Halibut Cove Experience Gallery. It features the diverse works of local artists who draw inspiration from the magnificent environment that surrounds them. 

 

Pratt Museum 

One of Alaska’s leading cultural and educational institutions, the Pratt Museum is focused on the Kachemak Bay region’s natural history, displaying exhibits and even a historic homestead cabin. 

Learn about how early Alaskans managed to survive and even thrive despite the harsh conditions. Plenty of events can be hosted here including book launches and interesting speakers. 

Alaskan Local Tip 

Don’t miss the magical walk on the nature trail behind the museum, keeping an eye out for the moose that are occasionally spotted along the way. 

 

Bishop’s Beach Park 

The most popular beach in Homer, Bishop’s Beach Park is swept by Kachemak Bay’s 25-foot tides, stretching from Old Homer to the mouth of Beluga Slough. It’s one of the best places to watch a sunset and a birdwatcher’s haven. Bald eagles cry out from the towering trees along the shore and soar overhead, searching for a feast below. 

In early May, it’s often thick with migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Grab picnic fixings from Save U More Homer to a picnic while you take in the scene.

Alaskan Local Tip 

There’s isn’t a better beach for tide-pooling than this one. Come down at low tide or just before and you’ll surely find beautiful seashells, colorful starfish, sea anemones, and other marine creatures. 

Pleistocene bones have even been found between Bishop’s Beach and Clam Gulch, with radiocarbon dating specimens as far back as 55,000 years ago. 

 

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies 

Take a guided walk or tour through the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies if you want to avoid the typical tourist spots. At the Wynn Nature Center, there are trails for immersing yourself among nature, meandering through the boreal forest with views of wildflowers and animals like moose, bear, and lynx.

Alaskan Local Tip 

One of our favorite things to do is to spend a day at the Peterson Bay field station. Explore the tidal areas while watching for sea otters and harbor seals and then trek through the rainforest with a knowledgeable local guide. 

 

Seldovia Bay Ferry 

As the name suggests, this ferry will bring you to and from Seldovia along the south shore of Kachemak Bay. It’s a great place to go shopping, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, picnicking, or just filling your Instagram feed. The views are breathtaking, with long stretches of sandy shores, majestic mountains, and spruce forests that dip down to the water’s edge.

Alaskan Local Tip 

One of the highlights of a ferry ride to Seldovia is the trip itself. Relax on the outer deck and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Be sure to have your camera ready as the captain will announce wildlife sightings–orcas are often spotted. When whales are near, the vessel will stop, providing opportunities for fantastic photo-ops.

Homer Spit 

The Homer Spit spans 4.5 miles, a thin stretch of land surrounded on three sides by Kachemak Bay. With miles of beach, it’s great for walking, beachcombing, and fishing from shore, as well as being a departure point for many excursions like boating tours and guided kayaking trips. You’ll find lots of shops and restaurants to enjoy in between your adventures too.

Alaskan Local Tip 

Families with children will want to spend plenty of time here as boredom is a word seldom heard. Kids spend hours here just picking up rocks to make castles, complete with moats. 

It’s also fun just to watch the boats bring in their fresh catch. If you catch your own, Coal Point Seafoods is located here along The Spit and will weigh, pack, freeze, and ship it home for you. 

Where to Stay 

There are lengthy discussions on multiple forums about the best places to stay in Homer. If you ask the locals, the answer will always be The Spit which is where you’ll find Land’s End Resort. It sits right on the beach–at the furthest point out–and provides that “once-in-a-lifetime” kind of stay. You’ll be immersed in this incredible natural paradise, with awe-inspiring views of the bay and mountains beyond. Sea otters and whales are often spotted right out your window. 

The resort offers a variety of rooms that make it suitable for all types of visitors, from solo travelers to couples to families. Whether you want a city view or before to face the bay and enjoy a private balcony, we have something that will be your dream. 

Fully-furnished, luxury beachfront homes with two- to four-bedrooms are available too, ideal for larger families and groups. While the views make it hard to leave, you’ll have a tough time staying goodbye to the staff too. Every guest is treated like family. We make it our mission to exceed your expectations. In fact, when you return (and we know you’ll want to), it feels like coming home. 

 

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