Life In Kenai

Mother son and dog in snow

The Best Place to Raise a Family

Whether you’re an Alaska native or you’re looking for the perfect new location to lay down your forever roots, residents here will tell you that Kenai is the best place to raise a family in Alaska. Here, kids enjoy all the benefits of a small, family-friendly community, without losing the perks that living in a city provides.

woman holding silver salmon in Kenai

Kenai Silver Salmon Derby

Each year in early September, anglers from all over the Kenai Peninsula gear up for the Kenai Silver Salmon Derby. This annual event in mid-September captures the thrill of sportfishing of the silver salmon run, which starts in mid-August.

moose in Alaska

Alaska Wildlife Viewing in Kenai

From the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to the belugas in the Cook Inlet, Kenai has ideal opportunities for Alaska wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes peeled as you never know when you might see moose ambling down the street. And it’s not uncommon to see brown bears and black bears wandering through natural areas in and around to

Belugas in Kenai

Spotting Beluga Whales In Kenai

Each spring Kenai welcomes the return of beluga whales in the Kenai River. These critically endangered sea creatures travel in pods, singing the songs of the sea. Nicknamed “the canaries of the sea”, the beluga is extremely vocal, with a range of sounds from moos, to squeals, to clicks and chirps, and everything in between.

Kites flying in the sky

Go Fly A Kite In Kenai

Go fly a kite… in Kenai at the annual Kenai Kite Festival. This tradition “lifted off” into the breeze beginning in the summer of 2019 when a group of locals decided that the breezy banks in Kenai were the perfect place for a kite flying party. The community caught on – Walmart offered free small kite kits, and locals tried their hand at unique homemade designs ranging from dragons to pirate ships – and everything in between.

Cunningham Park with the Kenai River

A Stroll Through Cunningham Park

Tucked away off Beaver Loop Rd in Kenai, Alaska is Cunningham Park, where visitors can enjoy fishing the Kenai River, taking a stroll along the boardwalk, or enjoying a summertime picnic. With restrooms built and ample parking, the park offers some convenient comforts for visitors who want to experience scenic views of the Kenai River and nearby mountain ranges.

The beach at Captain Cook State Recreation Area

Discovering Captain Cook State Recreation Area

Nestled in the furthest northwest corner of the Kenai Peninsula sits the Captain Cook State Recreation Area, a large slice of park land located just 14 miles north of Kenai. The park encompasses an area that equals 3,460 acres which is covered with forests, lakes, streams, and beautiful beaches that abut the Cook Inlet.