7 Day Anchorage, Seward, & Homer For Families with Kids Ages 5-12

7 Days


May - September



Why This Trip?

This trip is perfect for families seeking a well-rounded Alaskan experience through the Kenai Peninsula, combining scenic drives, interactive museums, wildlife encounters, and hands-on activities. Each day is packed with adventures tailored to engage and entertain children, making it an ideal vacation for families looking to explore Alaska's natural beauty and cultural heritage.


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Day 1


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Fly into Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. When selecting your hotel, consider the space you need for your family. Several hotels in Anchorage offer suites; you could also opt for a vacation rental home. Renting a car will give you the flexibility you need when traveling with young kids. Pick up your rental car directly from the airport or after you check in to your accommodation at an off-airport location (which may be a little less expensive). Depending on what time you arrive, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring. Go out to eat, pick up some groceries so you have snacks for the kids, and do some light exploring.

  • The Alaska Zoo is a perfect place to start. Kids can see a variety of Alaskan animals, like bears, moose, and eagles.

  • Stroll through downtown Anchorage to visit shops, restaurants, and historic sites.

  • Kincaid Park is a scenic, child-friendly destination—kids love the sandy dunes.

  • Take a short drive out to Ship Creek to see the salmon run and enjoy the scenic views.

  • Visit the Anchorage Museum’s Discovery Center for hands-on activities.

  • Drop by the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where kids can engage with Alaska’s diverse cultures through exhibits, performances, and interactive experiences.

  • Head to Potter Marsh Wildlife Viewing Boardwalk, where kids can see various bird species and may even spot a moose or two. It’s also a great spot for a family photo.

Photo: Ship Creek Salmon Viewing

Day 2

Anchorage to Seward

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Wake up early and begin the 2- to 3-hour drive south to Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula. Here are some ideas when you arrive:

  • Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, where interactive exhibits and touch tanks allow kids to get up close with marine life like sea stars, anemones, and puffins. It's both educational and entertaining.

  • Visit Exit Glacier. This is the one part of Kenai Fjords National Park that’s accessible by road. There’s an accessible, paved loop trail that leads to a view of the glacier and an optional short spur that gets you even closer.

  • Go dogsledding! Canine athletes will pull you along fun trails, and you’ll get the chance to play with puppies.

  • Head to the Seward Waterfront Park, which also has a playground where kids can burn off some energy.

Overnight in Seward.
Photo: Exit Glacier

Day 3


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Hop on a half-day (3-4 hr) cruise and venture out into Resurrection Bay. These cruises often have fun programs for kids on board. You’ll explore the coastlines and look for whales, seals, puffins, and more. There are heated cabins inside these cruises, so if it’s too chilly outside you can still enjoy the view from the large windows inside. End your day with some beachcombing around Seward, where kids can collect and throw rocks, and maybe even spot some small marine creatures.

Photo: Holgate Glacier Cruise

Day 4

Seward to Homer

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Today, embark on a scenic 3-hour drive from Seward to Homer. Upon arrival, visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. This interactive center offers exhibits about the marine environment and wildlife of the region, with hands-on displays that kids will enjoy. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Homer Spit, where there are beaches for kids to play, collect shells, and explore tide pools. The Spit also has shops and restaurants that are family-friendly, making it a great place to spend the afternoon.

Photo: Beach in Homer

Day 5

Here are some ideas for your full day in Homer:

  • If the kids are interested in fishing you can sign up for a half-day (5-6 hour) charter. There are often two departures, one early in the morning around 7 and one later in the afternoon.

  • Homer is a great spot for sea kayaking. Kids will paddle in a tandem kayak with an adult.

  • Visit the Pratt Museum, where the children can learn about local history, culture, and natural history through special programs and activities designed for them.

  • Take the 45-minute “Fast Ferry” from Homer to Seldovia to experience a charming and remote boardwalk community. As you cross Kachemak Bay, watch for seabirds, otters, or even humpback whales.

  • Take a plane or helicopter to nearby Katmai or Lake Clark National Park to view brown bears in their natural habitat. Tours generally have a minimum age between 7 and 10.

  • Go tidepooling at Bishop’s Beach. Check the tide tables in advance to make sure you go at low tide so you can see all the critters.

Photo: Sea Kayaking

Day 6

Homer to Anchorage

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Today, it’s a 5-hour drive back to Anchorage. You’ll want to make lots of stops to break up the drive. Here are some suggestions:

  • In Soldotna, stop at the Visitor Center and let kids walk along the boardwalks by the Kenai River. Or read our article about other great things for kids to to in Soldotna.

  • Tern Lake near Cooper Landing is another good spot to stretch the legs, as well as the Turnagain Pass Rest Area.

  • Walk a portion of the Trail of Blue Ice accessible from Portage Glacier Road about an hour south of Anchorage.

  • Stop into Girdwood, about 45-minutes south of Anchorage. Ride the scenic tram up the mountain and eat dinner at the resort or one of the local restaurants in town.

Photo: Alyeska Tramway in Girdwood

Day 7


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On your final day in Anchorage, do anything you didn’t have time for on the first day.

Photo: Kincaid Beach