- The list below includes 36 free or cheap things to do in or near Kenai, Alaska, including 16 different types of inexpensive activities like Fishing, Hiking Trails, Recreation Centers and Visitor Centers.
- From Russian River to Kenai City Beach, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Kenai and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Soldotna and Nikiski.
13-mile-long Russian River is a popular fishing area in the heart of bear country where you can fish for sockeye salmon, in mid-June and mid-July, rainbow trout and Dolly Varden Char in July and silver salmon in August. Access to the river is by hiking or a privately operated ferry.
Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center is home to a permanent collection of Native Alaskan and local history artifacts, art exhibits, a gift shop, as well as educational and cultural programming with speakers, concerts, school group tours and an Alaskan movie series. In the summer there is a crafts market.
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge 1.92 million acre wildlife preserve, that helps to conserve fish and wildlife, such as brown bears, black bears, dall sheep, moose, and caribou, as well as thousands of migratory and native birds. Year-round outdoor adventures include world-class fishing, hunting, hiking, cros…
The Greater Kenai Visitors' Center is a non-profit organization that operates in a 10,000-sqft facility. The center has staff that provides information on travel planning, reservation assistance, and local dining options.
The Russell Fishing Company is a tour operator and full service outfitter. They offer a variety of tours and vacation packages that include biking, canoeing, fishing, sightseeing, hiking, rafting, cruises, and photography.
With direct access to the Kenai River, Alaska Fish On Charters provides guided fishing excursions where visitors can catch halibut and salmon. It also has a glacier cruise where visitors can encounter wildlife like porpoises, sea otters, and puffins.
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Year-round family friendly activities are provided through the North Pennisula Recreation Center. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, community playground, ice rink, a full swing golf area, and fitness equipment.
Situated on the lower Kenai River, Hi-Lo Charters & Riverside Lodge has several guides that lead groups along the Kenai Peninsula to catch king salmon. Visitors can also catch trout, fly-outs, and sockeye.