Soldotna: Heart of the peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Everything meets at the crossroads, and the "Y" in Soldotna is where visitors meet with roads to adventure opportunities.

Summer events culminate during Soldotna Progress Days with a parade, rodeo, community dinner and other family activities. This year's event will be July 25 through 27.

The city by the river offers fun for the entire family within its boundaries, and a crossroad to more adventure to the north in Kenai and Nikiski and the scenic southern peninsula.

Soldotna's two business districts one up the Kenai Spur Highway, and the other down the Sterling Highway cater to every need a visitor may have.

Soldotna has much to offer those who take time to explore the side roads of this family-friendly town of 3,944 that serves as the seat of the Kenai Peninsula Borough government.

Soldotna has 10 city parks totaling nearly 400 acres, with more than a half-mile of elevated boardwalks along the river and more than 200 campsites.

There is an $11 fee for overnight camping at Centennial, Swiftwater and Rotary parks and a $5 fee for day use at those parks, plus 5 percent tax.

The town's recreation facilities include the Soldotna Sports Center, the Karen Street skateboard park, ball fields, rodeo grounds, a golf course, recreation trails, a public library, roller rink and an airport that hosts small planes and ultralites.

Summer events culminate during Soldotna Progress Days with a parade, rodeo, community dinner and other family activities. This year's event will be July 25 through 27.

The Soldotna Historical Society Museum offers a glimpse of the town's original settlement by postwar homesteaders.

The museum has restored original cabins, wildlife displays, pelts and Native artifacts. Reach the museum by turning north off Kalifornsky Beach Road on Centennial Park Road.

Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed Mondays.

The Soldotna Visitor Information Center displays a 97 1/4-pound king salmon, the world's largest sport-caught chinook, landed on the Kenai River in 1985. The center also offers free information on the community or viewing wildlife. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 1 to Sept. 30 near the corner of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road by the Kenai River bridge.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is open year-round in the visitor center building.

Everything meets at the crossroads, and the "Y" in Soldotna is where visitors meet with roads to adventure opportunities.

The city by the river offers fun for the entire family within its boundaries, and a crossroad to more adventure to the north in Kenai and Nikiski and the scenic southern peninsula.

Soldotna's two business districts one up the Kenai Spur Highway, and the other down the Sterling Highway cater to every need a visitor may have.

Soldotna has much to offer those who take time to explore the side roads of this family-friendly town of 3,944 that serves as the seat of the Kenai Peninsula Borough government.

Soldotna has 10 city parks totaling nearly 400 acres, with more than a half-mile of elevated boardwalks along the river and more than 200 campsites.

There is an $11 fee for overnight camping at Centennial, Swiftwater and Rotary parks and a $5 fee for day use at those parks, plus 5 percent tax.

The town's recreation facilities include the Soldotna Sports Center, the Karen Street skateboard park, ball fields, rodeo grounds, a golf course, recreation trails, a public library, roller rink and an airport that hosts small planes and ultralites.

Summer events culminate during Soldotna Progress Days with a parade, rodeo, community dinner and other family activities. This year's event will be July 25 through 27.

The Soldotna Historical Society Museum offers a glimpse of the town's original settlement by postwar homesteaders.

The museum has restored original cabins, wildlife displays, pelts and Native artifacts. Reach the museum by turning north off Kalifornsky Beach Road on Centennial Park Road.

Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed Mondays.

The Soldotna Visitor Information Center displays a 97 1/4-pound king salmon, the world's largest sport-caught chinook, landed on the Kenai River in 1985. The center also offers free information on the community or viewing wildlife. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 1 to Sept. 30 near the corner of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road by the Kenai River bridge.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is open year-round in the visitor center building.



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