基奈是基奈半岛最大的社区 ， 人口约 7,000人 。该市地势略高于海平面，因而可饱览基奈河入河口的美景。西邻壮丽宏伟的阿拉斯加山脉，斯普尔火山、里道特火山、伊里亚姆纳火山这三座活火山又为这里的秀色添砖加瓦，构成一道唯美的幕墙。
基奈河最为出名的就是其盛产大量的鲑鱼 ， 这也是基奈成为阿拉斯加历史最悠久的欧洲人持续定居地之一的原因。在未接触西方世界之前，德纳爱娜阿萨巴斯卡人在此区域建立了一个永久村庄，人口逾 1,000人 。 1741 年，首批非土著居民 - 俄罗斯人在此区域定居，并在不久后建立了商栈堡垒，即圣尼古拉斯堡，并在圣尼古拉斯堡中建立了阿拉斯加大陆上首个俄罗斯东正教会。
从20 世纪 50 年代起 ， 基奈开始现代化建设之旅 ， 最具有意义的是在 1957 年 ， 在基奈东北部 20 英里处的斯旺森河进行的首次阿拉斯加最大规模的石油勘探。现在阿拉斯加最大的石油工业基础设施主要集中在基奈市区外的普拉德霍湾；位于库克湾附近的15 个海上钻油平台日产油量为 42,000 桶。基奈市内几乎看不见石油生产的痕迹，基奈河沿岸更是不见石油生产的踪迹，这里是全球最棒的游钓流域之一。
到基奈来的游客还可享受到另一种乐趣 ， 即前往白鲸观景台从悬崖边观寻在水中嬉戏的白鲸。站在观景区域，可眺望基奈河入河口的美景，不仅如此，每年春末夏初时节，白鲸常常会乘浪而来，捕食鲑鱼。距离此处仅四个街区远的基奈游客和文化中心不仅展出这座城市富有俄罗斯色彩的传统遗产，还为游客提供当地相关信息和旅游景点。
Beluga Whale Lookout
Beluga Whale Lookout is perched on the edge of the city's coastal bluff and any time of the year provides a good view the mouth of the Kenai River and the volcanoes on the west side of Cook Inlet. But in the late spring and early summer visitors often see beluga as they ride the incoming tides into the Kenai River to feed on salmon.
Most charter fishing captains based in Kenai focus on the Kenai River, offering clients float trips that include casting for four different species of salmon. The primary target is the giant Kenai king salmon that can easily weigh in more than 70 pounds.
Disc Golf Course
The City of Kenai maintains an 18-hole disc golf course that is free and open to the public year-round. Bring your own disc, great for all ages.
In 1867, the U.S. Army built Fort Kenay, a series of barracks where more than 100 soliders were stationed. Today visitors can see a replica of the fort that was reconstructed as part of the Alaska Centennial in 1967.
Kenai offers the only full service 18-hole golf course on the Kenai Peninsula, with a driving range, pro shop, clinics and power cart rentals. Open for golfing late into the evening in summer and for cross-country skiing in winter.
Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church
Across from Fort Kenay is the ornate Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church. The white-clapboard structure topped with three blue onion domes was built in 1895 and today is the oldest Orthodox church on mainland Alaska and designated as a National Historic Landmark, one of only 48 in Alaska.
Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center
The excellent Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center doubles up as a source of tourist information and an interesting museum. The museum features historical exhibits on the city's Russian heritage, offshore drilling and a room full of wildlife, all stuffed and staring down from the rafters. It also has quality Alaska Native art and movies the cover the city's history are screened.
North Peninsula Recreation Center
Year-round recreation area that includes a large indoor swimming pool with 136-foot water slide, racquetball courts, skateboard park, climbing wall, running-fitness trails (summer), cross-country skiing and ice hockey (winter), multipurpose fields, teen center and children's programs. Open to the public.
Kenai residents and many visitors root for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League. The Oilers plays their home games Coral Seymour Memorial Ballpark in Kenai.
St Nicholas Chapel
Just west of the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church is St Nicholas Chapel. The small chapel was built in 1906 over the burial site of Father Igumen Nicolai, Kenai's first resident priest.