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Fun Things to Do with Your Kids (Young & Old)

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic

Near IslandTrails - Across the Near Island Bridge hike scenic trails at Near Island’s North End Park on the left just after the bridge and about a 15 minute walk from downtown. There is also another hiking trail almost to the bottom of this road on the right hand side off of the pull out parking area. Trail goes all the way out to a point overlooking the harbor and breakwater where you can take in some good for bird watching. 35-40 Minute walk from downtown.

Aquarium & Touch Tank (in the Fisheries Research Building) - Also across the Near Island Bridge just past North End Park. Stay to your left and turn into the second driveway to visit the Center’s marine wildlife display, 10’ cylindrical aquarium and touch tank. Open Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm.

Watch Sea Lions - Also on Near Island but when you cross the bridge bear right and follow the road down to the boat harbor veering to the left past Ramps 1 and 2 to the last ramp, Ramp 3. Walk out to the end of this float. Most of the time you can watch a resident bull sea lion and his harem lounging on one of the floats straight ahead.

Climb Pillar Mountain - Older kids will enjoy the trek up this mountain. Beautiful vista views and wild flowers on the tundra. You can either walk up the gravel road or take a foot trail, which is on the left just past the gravel pull out. Accessible from downtown. Ask for directions.

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center - Watch a 15-minute video on the Kodiak bears and learn all about them. Relief map of the refuge and all sorts of books and information on bears, birds, and other Kodiak wildlife. Across the street from the Visitor Center.

Ft. AbercrombieState Park – Hike through beautiful trails around Lake Gertrude and along the coast. Beautiful views, wild flowers and wildlife. Whales are often seen from Miller Point feeding in the kelp beds. Kodiak WWII Military History Museum housed in an old bunker - lots of neat stuff; open in summer. Check with the Visitor Center or Park office for hours of operation. Located four miles from the Visitor Center.

Go Bicycling - Rent some bikes and get around Kodiak the picturesque way! Available at 58 Degrees North (upper Mill Bay Rd).

Go Kayaking - Kayaking is one of the best ways to see Kodiak and its wildlife. No experience necessary. Guided tours by: Alaska Wilderness Adventures and Kayak Kodiak

Go Beachcombing/Tidepooling - on Near Island (within walking distance of Visitor Center), Mission Beach, Mill Bay Beach, Monashka Bay Beach, White Sands Beach, Pasagshak/Fossil Beach, and Chiniak.

Go Bird Watching - The Kodiak Audubon Society sponsors guided hikes on Saturdays and Sundays, May – Sept. Eagles love to hang out by the canneries and fishing boats, and Puffins and Cormorants can usually be seen in the rocky cliffs near the breakwaters.

Wild Horses, Bison and Cattle! - Kodiak Cattle Company and Northland Ranch in the Pasagshak area have cows, horses, and buffalo roaming the hillsides near the Kodiak Cattle Company’s Bear Paw Ranch.

Baranof Park - Playground, ice-skating arena, skateboard court and basketball.

Bowling - Go bowling at Tropic Lanes located in theElks Lodge. It’s fun for the whole family. Located right downtown. 

Kodiak Teen and Recreation Center -  Indoor pool, racquetball and much more. Near the Post Office.

Museums -  The Baranof, Alutiiq and Maritime museums are located downtown. The Military History Museum is in the bunker at Miller Point, Fort Abercrombie. Call ahead to be sure the Military History Museum is open.

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