You Need to Explore These Things to Do in Old Town Homer

Old Town Homer is the epicenter of our city. Locals and visitors alike fill their days with the abundance of things to do in Old Town Homer. Here, you can find helpful visitor centers, unique shops, delicious dining, access to outdoor recreation, and a variety of lodging options. Visitors are often shocked not only at how much there is to do in Old Town but also how friendly our community is! Old-Alaskan hospitality is at the core of all of our businesses, service, and hearts. It’s easy to feel like you’re a local during your trip to Homer. 

Find yourself venturing outside of Old Town Homer? Request a copy of our free Vacation Guide for even more things to do in and around our area!

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Our Favorite Things to Do in Old Town Homer 

Start at Homer’s Visitor Center

Homer Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center

When you arrive in Homer, visit the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center! This is a great way to chat with locals and access even more information on Old Town Homer and beyond. In addition to the Vacation Guide, this is another holist approach to how to spend your days in Homer. 

Shop Alaska-Made Keepsakes, Gifts, and More

Old Inlet Bookshop

Looking for a good book to read on Bishop’s Beach? Visit Old Inlet Bookshop in Homer! Since 1997, this bookstore has been bringing good reads of all genres to Old Town Homer. However, the shop’s specialty is in “Alaskana, polar exploration, natural history, modern firsts, children’s and medical books.” 

The Fringe 

As locals, we love The Fringe! This consignment shop in Old Town Homer has an ever-rotating stock of clothing, jewelry, and shoes, as well as art wear and music from local artisans and artists. Keep your closest looking funky fresh with each trip to The Fringe!

Bunnell Street Arts Center

The Bunnell Street Arts Center is one of Homer’s best art galleries. This gallery hosts a free event the first Friday of each month that introduces a new local artist’s exhibit and includes a reception, talk, and workshop. The Bunnell Gallery also hosts ticketed events and sells local artists’ work.

Salt I Pine

Salt I Pine is new to Old Town, please stop in and welcome this delightful shop to our year-round community!  They are located between the Inn and Two Sisters Bakery where you will find delightful curiosities and botanical alchemy.  Discover a creatively curated collection of natural artisan bath products, unique home goods, one-of-a-kind art,magical healing crystals, jewelry and more.

Where to Dine in Old Town Homer

Breakfast | Two Sisters Bakery or Wild Honey Bistro

If you can’t go without your morning caffeine fix, and occasionally like to pair it with a pastry, take a morning stroll to Two Sisters Bakery or Wild Honey Bistro! Two Sisters Bakery started in a lean-to shed, and now operates out of a full-size house! That tells you everything you need to know about how good the food is. Be sure to try the signature crepe with house-made caramelized honey when you dine at Wild Honey. What a sweet way to start the day!

Lunch & Dinner | AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse or Fat Olives 

AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse and Fat Olives Restaurant are two of our favorite places to dine in Homer, Alaska! AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse boasts only the best USDA beef and fresh-catch seafood. Enjoy first-class food in a laid back environment when you dine here! Get a taste of what else Homer’s food scene has to offer at Fat Olives Restaurant. This eatery for lunch and dinner and serves everything from Kachemak Bay-caught seafood to wood-fired pizzas.

Explore the Outdoors 

Bishop’s Beach 

One of our favorite things about Homer is beautiful views. From Old Town Homer, you can see endless blue skies, towering black spruce trees, and mountains. Head down to Bishop’s Beach for awe-inspiring sea and mountain views! Here, you can also go tide-pooling, beachcombing, and hike the Beluga Slough Trail. Be sure to book a service at Sea Glo Spa after your hike. Your muscles will thank you!  It’s also easily walkable from many of Driftwood Inn’s accommodations. 

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center

The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center serves as a National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge itself spans across 3.4 million acres of land and sea. Adventure seekers can explore parts of the refuge by boat to see a variety of wildlife and awe-inspiring landscapes. If boat travel isn’t feasible for your getaway, simply stop by the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center that’s open year-round. This alone is “Your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors!”  Check out their calendar for all the latest things to do from guided tide-pooling to birding programs there is something for everyone!

Stay in the Heart of Old Town Homer at Driftwood Inn

Deck view of the Seaside Lodge at Driftwood Inn.

All of our Homer, Alaska, lodging options are within walking distance or a short drive from all of the things to do in Old Town Homer. Easy access to our city’s beating heart is just one reason to stay with Driftwood Inn! 

Consider the Seaside Lodge for your next trip to Homer, Alaska. This Modern Lodge is located adjacent to the historic Driftwood Inn and overlooks Bishop’s Beach from the bluff. The lodge has five bedrooms with private bathrooms and can sleep up to 17 guests! Bring the family or friends and experience what Old-Alaskan hospitality is all about. 

Check Driftwood Inn’s availability to start planning!