Activities for the whole family

Go-cart racing

The Go-Kart Race Track, 4487 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, 907-262-1562.

 

Disc Golf Course

The Kenai Eagle 18-hole disc golf course is on Tinker Lane, behind the Peninsula Oilers baseball field in Kenai. The park is unsupervised, open year-round, and free to the public.

A nine-hole disc golf course can be found along the Bernie Huss Trail in Kenai, accessible from Main Street Loop.

The Tsalteshi 20-hole disc golf course in Soldotna is also free to the public and can be accessed behind Skyview Middle School’s football and soccer fields.

An 18-hole disc golf course also is available at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center.

 

Skateboard, BMX

The Kenai Parks and Recreation Department BMX and skate park, near the adult softball fields off of Coral Street, has a smooth asphalt surface with chain-link perimeter fence. It has a quarter pipe and numerous ramps, ledges and rails. Rules are listed at the site. The park is unsupervised and users assume all risks. The park is open to all ages. There is no fee. For more information, call Bob Frates at 907-283-3692.

Soldotna’s Karen Street Park: Located off the Kenai Spur Highway, includes a gated skate area with metal quarter pipes, boxes, rails in differing shapes and sizes. The park is unsupervised and open during daylight hours. Karen Street is. For more information, contact the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department at 907-262-3151.

The North Peninsula Recreation skateboard park: Located next to the Nikiski Community Recreation Center, mile 23.4 of the Kenai Spur Highway. It is open May through September from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The cost is $10 per person for the entire summer. ID cards will be issued to registered users. For more information, call 907-776-8800.

Seward’s Evan Casey Skate: Park, located off Ballaine Blvd, has the distinction of being Alaska’s first “official” skate park. The park is unsupervised and is open during daylight hours. For more information, contact the Seward Parks and Recreation Department at 907-224-4055.

 

Hiking

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna offers easy hiking trails and numerous interpretive programs. It offers one of only two national canoe systems in the country. Visitors can explore the waterways for day and overnight trips by taking out their own canoes or hiring commercial operations. For more information, call 907-262-7021, email kenai@ fws.gov or visit http://kenai.fws.gov/

Kenai Beach: The beach is accessible at the end of Spruce Drive in Kenai. Although it has one of the fastest tide changes in the world, the soft sand, sprinkling of shells and fantastic views make this a great place to run and stretch your legs.

Captain Cook State Recreational Park: This park at the end of the northern end of the Kenai Spur Highway has camping, swimming, and picnic areas.

 

Bowling

Alaskalanes Family Bowling Center, 0639 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Call 907-283-3314 for more information.

 

Arcade, Minigolf

Jumpin’ Junction and Northern Lights A’Glow Mini Golf is available along with an arcade at 42115 Kalifornsky Beach Rd., Soldotna. For more information call 907-420-0566. The business also operates an indoor inflatable playground.

 

Theaters

Homer Theatre, Homer, 907-325-6728

Kambe Theatre, Kenai, 907-283-4554

Liberty Theatre, Seward, 907-224-5418

Orca Theatre, Soldotna, 907-262-7003

 

Swimming pools

Many find the lakes and water in Alaska a bit colder than they are used to, but the peninsula has many pools to compensate for the difference.

Homer High School, 907-235-7416
Kenai Central High School, 907-283-7476
Nikiski and North Peninsula Recreation Area, 907-776-8800 Ninilchik School, 907-567-3301
Skyview School, 907-262-7675
Soldotna High School, 907-262-7419
Seward High School, 907-224-3900

 

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

The center at 9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, offers space camps and rocketry for youth. For more information, call 907-283-2000 or email gospace@akchallenger.org or visit www.akchallenger.org/

 

Museums, attractions and art centers

Kenai Fine Arts Center, Kenai, 907-283-7040
Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, Kenai, 907-283-1991 Chugach Heritage Center, Seward, 907-224-5065
Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, 907-224-6300

or toll-free 800-224-2525
Seward Museum, Seward, 907-224-3902
Hope and Sunrise Museum, Hope, 907-782-3740
Pratt Museum, Homer, 907-235-8635
Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, Homer, 907-235-6961

 

Libraries

Summer reading programs are offered at libraries on the peninsula. Each offers a themed program encouraging children to continue reading for fun:

Anchor Point Public Library, 907-235-5692

Cooper Landing Library, 907-595-1241

Homer Public Library, 907-235-3180
Kasilof Public Library, 907-260-1345
Kenai Community Library, 907-283-4378

Ninilchik Community Library, 907-567-3333

Seward Memorial Library, 907-224-4082

Soldotna Public Library, 907-262-4227

 

Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula offers programs, athletics and activities for youth. For more information, visit the main office at 705 Frontage Road, Suite B, Kenai, AK 99611, call 907-283-2682 or visit info@positiveplaceforkids.com.

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