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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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$99*
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Guided Adventure Hiking in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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$275*
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Middle Kenai River Full-Day Fishing Trip

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Beautiful ....feels like a vacation stop in your backyard

Well thought out...great information..kids love it...always interesting ...they have a wonderful program for preschoolers on 3rd Thursday of the. Month...new themes each time

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Peg R
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Soldotna, Alaska
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Soldotna, Alaska
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well thought out...great information..kids love it...always interesting ...they have a wonderful program for preschoolers on 3rd Thursday of the. Month...new themes each time

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Thank Peg R
Blythewood, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Alaska has so many parks and all of them seem to have something different. The wildlife is amazing and you never know what you will see. If you are in the Kenai Peninsula you need to check it out...

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Thank conley1234
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Field trip with pre-school class, amazing learning experience for the little ones and adults, well knowledgeable staff, video, story telling, lots of information and an amazing hiking trail

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Thank FabyCP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the KNWR. The brand new visitor's center is small, but packs a mighty punch. My two boys love to go through the visitors center and learn with the "hands-on" approach. We take the hiking trails that meander throughout the park as it offers two options of short to long. Our favorite part of the KNWR is their kids... More 

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Thank Adam M
Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very welcoming staff in the visitor center and a relatively recent walk- through display showcases the history, flora and fauna of the Kenai with some neat hands-on activities for the kids. Several nice trails surround the visitors center and there is a good chance of bears and moose being sen in the immediate area. The staff posts alerts for visitors... More 

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Soldotna, Alaska
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Wildlife Refuge VC Center is very nice very clean and well taken care of employees and staff where great very helpful and kind

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Thank 182stanlyk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tourist center in Soldotna recommended the Refuge as a place for a hike. At the Refuge visitor center, we were impressed by the geologic and wildlife displays. We quickly hiked a 3-mile loop in the woods as we forgot to spray for mosquiotos.

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Thank Maineville
Waimanalo, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice, well-maintained trails. However, other than a few birds & mosquitos, I saw no wildlife. I was hiking by myself so maybe that wasn't such a bad thing. Saw only a few people on the trails. Not sure the longest trail is adequately measured as it took me far longer than I think it normally would have. Not good for... More 

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Thank kanaia808
Kasilof, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

New visitors center with beautiful displays and theater with movies and lectures. Also outside are nature trails to the lake and through the boreal forest where you will see many small animals and occasionally larger ones. Get close to nature here. Informative ranger guides to assist as needed

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Thank tonidickson_ak
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to stop and take in the outdoors. My wife and I were very impressed.

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