Local’s Guide to the Best Outdoor Activities in Homer, Alaska

There’s no better place to explore the outdoors than Alaska. After all, our state is home to more than 50 percent of the nation’s wilderness. To put it in perspective, there are 57 million acres of designated wilderness here! So, it’s a no-brainer to add outdoor adventures to your Alaska itinerary. Read on to learn more about five of our favorite outdoor activities in Homer, Alaska. Even better, you can book these one-of-a-kind experiences directly through the Driftwood Inn’s website! 

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Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Homer, Alaska 

Special Event: Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival 

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is one of our favorite annual events surrounding the local wildlife. This event takes place each May and highlights the shorebird’s spring migration. This year’s festival is set to take place from May 5-9, 2021.  

1. Homer Fishing Charters 

Did you know that Homer is the halibut fishing capital of the world? With this information in mind, it’s obvious that you need to book a fishing charter during your visit. We offer half and full-day salmon, halibut, and combination charters led by some of the best Captains in town. You’re sure to discover the best fishing holes these waters have to offer! 

2. Kayaking Excursions 

For more fun on the water, embark on one of our kayaking tours. Enjoy guided kayaking from a spectacular basecamp in either Tutka or Petersen Bay in the heart of Kachemak Bay State Park, which is often touted as one of the world’s richest ecosystems! 

3. Alaska Bear Viewing 

Bear viewing is one of the most unique experiences that Alaska has to offer. If you’re interested in watching bears in their natural habitat, book our Brooks Falls Bear Viewing Tour! This experience takes you on a day to Katmai National Park where you can observe brown bears in their natural habitat. 

4. Hiking Adventures 

It’s easy to access some of the state’s best hiking trails from Homer. We offer hiking tours within Kachemak Bay State Park. Choose from the Glacier Lake Family Hike or Halibut Cover Triangle Hike. You can’t go wrong with either! 

5. Wildlife & Eco Tours 

Wildlife is the biggest sightseeing opportunity in Homer. Visitors have the chance to view sea otters, eagles, whales, and more with our sightseeing tour optionsWe offer a customized ecotour with an optional hike and a Seldovia wildlife tour. 

Stay at the Driftwood Inn 

View of the bay from of Kachemak Cottage.

Now that you know about the best outdoor activities in Homer, Alaska, it’s time to plan your trip. No matter which you choose, relax from the comfort of your accommodation at the Driftwood Inn after a day of exploring the Last Frontier. We offer a wide selection of lodging options in Homer including Modern LodgesOld Town CottagesWoodside Lodge SuitesHistoric Inn RoomsTiny Houses, and even an RV Park! Our accommodations are also conveniently located within walking distance of Bishop’s Beach, the Homer Spit, and the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center in Old Town Homer. 

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