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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1 Ski Hill Road, Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone Number: 907262-7021
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Middle Kenai River Full-Day Fishing Trip
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Great place to visit

We did the junior ranger program at the visitors center and our kids learned a lot about Alaska wildlife before we went fishing on the Kenai River

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We did the junior ranger program at the visitors center and our kids learned a lot about Alaska wildlife before we went fishing on the Kenai River

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

My first Alaskan experience was Sockeye fishing on the Kenai Peninsula and our stay was in Soldotna. It was by far one of the most exciting trips i have ever been on. I would recommend this trip for anyone that would love a beautiful outdoor experience.

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Oakland, California
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Part of the drive to this place is on a short gravel road. Brand new visitor center with nice exhibits. One hiking trail takes you to a lake where you can see birds. Trail leads back to the visitor center through the trees. Possible wildlife sightings.

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Beautiful building and great exhibit space. Great resource to teach kids a little about Alaska, boreal forest. Nice little trail system and staff to provide resources about longer hikes, canoe trails, etc.

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Kenai, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The Kenai Refuge's new Visitor Center just opened in May 2015 and has interactive exhibits, friendly staff and fun programs (check out their monthly event schedule online at kenai.fws.gov). Well worth a stop. Open year-round, too!

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Thank mikamocha
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The Wildlife Center itself covers acres and acres of land, and we did see moose by the road as we drove toward the Visitor's Center, although we didn't do any hiking. Along the main road there is a wooden observation platform. There is a nice set of couches to relax in near large glass windows. It is set in front... More 

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Thank mrsnelsonplays
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Popped in here for a short visit but was very impressed with the information and displays. The Kenai peninsula is a rich habitat of wildlife and though I was hoping I'd see a real bear, I got to see a once live one now stuffed. Beautiful creature! You'll enjoy the tutorials and info - they will inspire you and draw... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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337 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The center is beautiful and as others have mentioned it is aimed for children to experience and learn. The grounds are very nice with well developed walking paths. We walked to the lake, but saw nothing in the way of wild life unless you count a dragonfly. We were a bit disappointed. I know there is no control over the... More 

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Thank Susan H
east coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Amazing natural beauty. It was humbling to see the wildfires and what they consumed. Skillak lake was serene. Unfortunately a recent bear mauling limited our outdoor explorations and we stuck to main trails. Worth the visit anyway.

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Thank climberchica
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

nice interpretive center and walking paths, work was being done on facility, so it will only get better.

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