The City of Homer is a small and friendly place where residents and visitors enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature. Temperatures in the Port of Homer range from an average high of over 12 °C (60 °F) in July and August to an average low of -8.4 °C (16.8 °F) in January. The only month where temperatures have never fallen below freezing is July. Days are cloudy from 60-70% of the time, and the humidity in the Port of Homer is from 70% to 80% throughout the year.
Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park is the most popular attraction for visitors to the Port of Homer. It is the oldest and biggest state park in Alaska, and it is home to a huge diversity of wildlife that fly, swim, and walk the land. Mountain goats climb the cliffs of Sadie Cove. Black bears roam the high mountains. Bald eagles soar above oceans full of seals, sea otters, humpback whales, sea lions, orcas, and many seabirds. This over 1.6 thousand hectare wilderness park contains forests, mountains, glaciers, and the sea. With ever-changing weather, the park offers wonderful recreation opportunities for fishers, boaters, kayakers, hikers, campers, and mountain sport lovers. Kachemak Bay supports many marine life species and many species of birds. Above the timberline, glaciers and snowfields cover many miles. Among the spectacular attractions are the Grenwingk Glacier, Poot Peak, Bay Halibut Cove Lagoon, China Poot, Humpy Creek, and Poot Peak.
The Port of Homer's Pratt Museum delves into the history of the Kachemak Bay area, including its exploration and settlement. It contains a combination of indoor and outdoor exhibits that blend art and nature, history and science. Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place is a permanent exhibit that tells the historic and modern story of the Bay and its people. The Stewardship exhibit explains the interactions of population growth, industrial development, and urbanization with the Kachemak Bay habitat and wildlife. The exhibit describes natural and human-induced environmental changes by focusing on bears, beetles, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Sea and Its Bounty exhibit is an aquarium where octopuses, sea stars, anemones, and sculpins forage for food. More than 75 species of birds, fish, and mammals live in the aquarium, including the Bering Sea Beaked Whale, Stellar Sea Lion, Beluga Whale, and Sperm Whale. Outdoor exhibits include a botanical garden with 150 native species surrounding garden paths (in the summer) The Harrington Homestead Cabin descries the life of the white people who settled Kachemak Bay. The Forest Trail features an outdoor theater and annual art exhibits from June through September and a guide that talks about the forest transition from old growth to emerging stands. Facing the Elements is completely open to sun, rain, wind, birds, insects, and small and large animals. Artists are invited to add safe removable works.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Homer by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for "Homer" on the Cruise Compete website.
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