What to do and see in Soldotna, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 10, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Soldotna is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. At the 2010 census the population was 4,163. It is the seat of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Restaurants in Soldotna

1. Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

11471 Kenai Spur Hwy, Kenai, AK 99611-7757 +1 907-283-1991
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

Offers exhibits of local history as well as film presentations.

Reviewed By KDJERO - Saint Charles, Missouri

This is your typical visitor center with maps and pamphlets to pick up but it also has a nice taxidermy collection as well as some native artifacts and other interesting things. Worth a stop.

2. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

1 Ski Hill Road, Soldotna, AK 99669 +1 907-262-7021
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By airport2015 - Jerusalem, Israel

A rich wildlife place,Surrounded by the Kennai river,lakes and forest.
It is like visiting Alaska in short drives and as long as you wish trails,with encounters of the different faces of Alaska.
Rich wild life
Black and brown bears,Goose and Trumptered Swans,Bald Eagles,plenty of fish in addition to the Sockeye-Pink Salmon Hoardy Marmort and the King of the Kenai Wild life Refuge the Moose

3. Alaska Drift Away Fishing

35930 Janota Circle, Cabin 6, Izaac Walton State Park Boat Launch, Sterling, AK 99669
Excellent
92%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 55 reviews

Alaska Drift Away Fishing

Alaska Drift Away Fishing provides custom fishing and lodging packages on the Kenai & Kasilof Rivers in Alaska. From King Salmon to Trophy Rainbow Trout, our guides are on the water daily May - October. There are few places that offer you a more exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding fishing experience. We provide you with all the equipment and knowledge needed for a successful fishing trip.

Reviewed By Cindy B

This is our third trip to Alaska and we are glad we found Alaska Drift Away Fishing on our first trip, and we will certainly use them on future trips. This trip we fished for silver salmon with Jeremy and we caught our limit within a few hours and then spent some time trout fishing. The second fishing day with Nick was not a good weather day but he tried hard to find the fish for us. Both Jeremy and Nick are passionate about what they do and it shows every time we are with them. I do not routinely fish so I know I am probably a challenge for them but they are both patient and helpful. I would highly recommend these guys, no matter your level of fishing skill they will make sure you enjoy your time on the river. Thanks for another great fishing experience and we are already planning our next trip.

4. Kenai River Brewing Company

308 Homestead Ln, behind Walgreens at the Y in Soldotna, Soldotna, AK 99669-8010 +1 907-262-2337
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Kenai River Brewing Company

Stop in for a beer and food! Brewery and kitchen are open from noon to 8pm daily.

Reviewed By MN-ME_traveler - Cloquet, Minnesota

The beer here is decent, we ordered two flights for a total of 8 different samples. Favorites were Skilak Scottish Ale, Kenai Session IPA, Sunken Island IPA. The food menu looked very good, but we were not hungry. Friendly staff and very comfortable tasting room made this a fun stop for the evening. We’d visit again.

5. Alaska Fishing Service

Pobox 390, Kenai River, Sterling, AK 99672-0390
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

Alaska Fishing Service

Reviewed By Joy B

My husband and I visited during the first part of August and although the Salmon run was slowing, we really wanted to try our hand at Sockeye Salmon Fishing. Kevin Thurman was not only a great guide, he was a fantastic teacher! We not only went home with a crazy amount of late-run fish but sound basic knowledge and confidence for this type of fishing. He is an expert fisherman and knows this land intimately. Many other guides appeared to be watching him to know where and how to get the best fish. Truly the best guide out there. Thank you so much Kevin for the experience of a lifetime!

6. Soldotna Historical Society & Museum

461 Centennial Park Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669-8253 +1 907-262-3832
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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5 based on 44 reviews

Soldotna Historical Society & Museum

Reviewed By Laurie48 - San Diego, California

We stopped in this cluster of early Alaska museum and was pleasantly surprised at how
much we learned from an original homesteader and volunteer. I think her family name was Mullen or McMullen but in any case she was very informative and escorted my friend and I around the cluster of buildings on the premise. She had walked all the way from Moose Pass to claim their land with her husband.
The museum has a good collection of early Alaska artifacts, animal/wildlife collection.
It is definitely worth a stop.

7. Soldotna Visitor Center

44790 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669-7926 +1 907-262-9814
Excellent
69%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Soldotna Visitor Center

WELCOME TO SOLDOTNA, ALASKA! We are a thriving community located on the world-famous Kenai River, the most popular sport fishing destination in Alaska. These glacier blue waters are home to some of the best runs of King, Sockeye, and Coho salmon, as well as trophy sized Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. The Kenai is also home to other wildlife; including moose, brown and black bears, caribou and multiple species of birds. As you take in the beauty of Alaska, be sure to make Soldotna your home base and experience the best “The Last Frontier” has to offer right at your doorstep. The Kenai Peninsula is nicknamed “Alaska’s Playground” for a reason! The list of activities you can enjoy during your trip is endless. Wildlife viewing, fishing, bear viewing, bird watching, canoe and hiking trips, shopping, fine dining and more await you. Contact us or stop by the Soldotna Visitor Center for information on the greater Soldotna, Alaska area. We have resources available to help you plan your one-of-a kind Alaska vacation. You can also view a variety of animal exhibits on display, including the world record King Salmon, caught by Les Anderson in 1985, take a stroll along our elevated river boardwalk, or try your luck fishing right from the river bank. The Visitor Center hosts Free Wi-Fi and smartphone charging stations for your convenience.

Reviewed By Plymouthtraveller8 - Plymouth

Located right beside the river, this centre is staffed with really helpful people. Although on the small side there are a good range of exhibits and plenty of tourist information to consult and take away. After you have left the centre why not have a walk on the boardwalk just below the centre and if the salmon are running you may find it very interesting.

8. Alaska Berries

48660 W Poppy Ln, Soldotna, AK 99669-9470 +1 907-252-8511
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 17 reviews

Alaska Berries

Alaska Berries was the first, and currently is the only, winery in the state that is certified as 100% Alaska Grown. We grow all of the fruit and berries used in the production of our handcrafted wines and jams. "From the bush to the bottle" allows us complete control of the entire process. This insures the highest quality fruit is picked at its peak of ripeness. Visiting our estate winery, you will see the care and consideration that is given to our farm and our unique wines.

Reviewed By Carri F

Took my mom and aunt after finding this gem last year. The couple that owns it are so sweet my 5 year old had great plant questions so the gentleman gave her a strawberry plant to take care of. She is so proud to take...MoreIt was a real pleasure meeting you and your lovely family. Your daughter's interest in growing food at such a young age is an inspiration to all of us. Looking forward to your next visit. Cheers, Brian & laurie

9. Centennial Park

Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669 +1 907-262-5299
Excellent
32%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Centennial Park

Reviewed By levelsix - United States

We needed a place to camp. This place is okay. Pit toilets, sites are not very private, you can see everyone around you. Fortunately, it was empty when we were there. Near a river and near town which was a plus.

10. Peninsula Processing and Smokehouse LLC.

720 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669-8226 +1 866-262-8846
Excellent
96%
Good
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5 based on 23 reviews

Peninsula Processing and Smokehouse LLC.

Peninsula Processing and Smokehouse is the Kenai’s #1 choice for custom fish processing. We utilize the area’s most modern equipment including an automated fish filleting machine and the best packing materials for sport-caught and commercial fish. We are a FedEx Shipping Location with freezer. We can process or smoke your fish to take with you on a plane or package it to ship to your destination.

Reviewed By Andrew C - Soldotna, Alaska

The best place to bring your fish for commercial grade vacuum sealing and any of your other fish handling needs. They take great care of you here. Their vacuum seal machine is the best on the peninsula using thicker packing materiel than anywhere else in the area-The fish lasts forever in your freezer, with no freezer burn unlike the cheap bags others use. I have tried several other processing places and nowhere else has the quality of this place. I send all my clients here to get their fish processed. They also carry dry ice, frozen sea food and lots of different fish spices.

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