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Nikiski

Posted: January 1, 2012 - 2:00am  |  Updated: January 9, 2014 - 3:03pm

Also known as North Kenai or Nikishka, the hub of Nikiski is near Mile 26.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway.

The town is home to the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area, which operates a community center, skating, gym facilities, trails and a popular indoor pool.

You will want to make a point to visit Nikiski in June to enjoy solstice with the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun celebration. Residents and visitors share in the food, games and great prizes.

The Nikiski area boasts several recreational lakes that are popular year-round for fishing and boating or cross-country skiing.

One of the state's most beautiful state parks and campgrounds is located at the end of the road past Nikiski. Captain Cook State Recreation Area offers fantastic beach combing and camping opportunities. A myriad of wildlife can be seen with a keen eye throughout the area. On a clear summer day, look west across Cook Inlet for views of the Chigmit Mountains, and north for a glimpse of Mount Susitna and, if it's especially clear, Mount McKinley.

Nikiski also is home to J.D. Megchelsen, whose knack for gardening has landed him in a class all by himself, setting the state record with his 1,287-pound pumpkin in 2011.

Must-see in Nikiski

If you're in Nikiski, be sure to stop by the Nikiski Pool -- watch for signs at Mile 26.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway -- for a quick swim, a dip in the hot tub or slip-sliding fun on the 136-foot waterslide. With a shallow section and "bubble bench," the pool is a great spot for a family activity.

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