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Homer/Seward April - what's open

Old Mar 21, 22, 9:40 am
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Homer/Seward April - what's open

Hi all -
I am traveling to AK in a few weeks - I know, not the best time but days off are not changeable in certain professions - and was hoping for some insight. Knowing that many places are closed, what is open? I've been looking for boat tours from both Homer and Seward and have found only 1 at each location. And they've about 2 hr each. Am I missing something or is that all I there is to choose from in early April? I have Homer more settled (in-law worked at fish and wildlife in Homer and provided a ton of info albeit a bit dated), is there a rec'd place to stay in Seward? A fish "place" whether a shack or restaurant or what that is rec'd in either place? I've read through any number of blogs, trip reports, etc so I think I know the highlights, is there something that is a must do/see that would not be part of a more common trip? Or something that just isn't worth it to visit in April? Roughly 2.5 days each location with the goal to relax and enjoy the surroundings (which would include hikes, etc).


Edit: If there is a local FTer that is interested in a beer that would be a great option too
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Old Mar 22, 22, 4:16 pm
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A tough time of year

Unfortunately, Seward is pretty tourist driven and a lot of the tours, boats, etc. are not yet running in April. A lot of things are keyed to cruise ships and that season doesn't start until early to mid May. As far as Seward, I'm not sure if you can get some of the private charter operators to take you out - but it won't be really a "guided tour" like Major Marine or Kenai Fjords tours would provide you. There is the ability to do some less organized activities such as hikes at Exit Glacier and exploring, but the snow load in general has been high. I haven't been over to Seward for a few months so I'm not sure how accessible some activities would be.

As far as places to stay in Seward, you might want to look at Air BnB or similar, I always have been put in one of the hotels in town for work and wouldn't really recommend either one, but the Harbor 360 is in a convenient location. There is some good food over there, but unfortunately many of them like Seward Brewing and Ray's waterfront are closed until May. If you are just there for 2 1/2 days then I think there are some good things that can be done in that short of time and get some relaxation in.

If you are driving from Seward to Homer, you are passing right through my neck of the woods. I'm always up for a beer if you are around! Feel free to PM and I might be able to give some more specific recommendations based on your interests, I have a few friends that live in Seward that we can tap into that brain trust.
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