No visit to Tenakee would be complete without a long soak in the hot springs, whose healing properties drew the Tlingit people to this area long ago. The springs, which include a beautifully-restored bathhouse and changing room, are right in the middle of town, across from Tenakee Springs Market.
If you like small-town Independence Day celebrations, you’ll love this one. It’s an all-day celebration of tasty food and quirky games, featuring kids, dogs, floats, flags...and slugs. It begins with a parade of people walking and riding bikes and four-wheelers along Tenakee Avenue, beginning at the fire hall.
This turn-of-the-century relic harks back to Tenakee’s busier times as a hub for miners, loggers and fishermen who hit town for a soak in the springs and a good time. It has served as everything from a jail, pool hall, dance hall, senior center to a bakery and art gallery.