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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

708 Smokey Bay Way, P.O. Box 2225, Homer, AK 99603
907-235-6667
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Homer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, History Museums, Educational Sites
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This environmental education center offers natural history day tours for all ages that range from the boreal forest of the 104 acre Wynn Nature Center... more » Owner description: This environmental education center offers natural history day tours for all ages that range from the boreal forest of the 104 acre Wynn Nature Center on the north side of Kachemak Bay to the south There, in Peterson Bay guests explore tidepools, a rainforest and an archaeology site. Kayaking and overnight Yurt stays may also be added.The experienced hiker can also choose from guided hikes of varying difficulty.At the Homer Harbor, discover the world beneath your feet on a Creatures of the Dock Tour!!Where else can you see a seastar and a moose all in one day... personal, hands-on experience for all! « less
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Central Coast California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A well-done trip - water taxi to Petersen Bay location, hikes with knowledgeable naturalist guides, customized to group size, ages and fitness levels. Perfect for flora/fauna geeks and photographers.

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United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This Center was a great place to learn more about the area. They had a temporary exhibit with nature photographs that was especially nice. They also previewed a film about the 1964 earthquake that was very interesting.

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Dayton, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We did the full day tour and loved it. We are a couple in our late 20's early 30's. There was so much to see in the tidal pools. They have rubber boots in every size that you can borrow for free to keep your feet dry. So many starfish of all shapes/sizes/colors and my favorite the octopus. Liz is... More

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Kenai Peninsula
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is wonderful. They do a great job explaining the area and they have great things to do for children and adults. Highly recommend to visit while in Homer Alaska!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Not much to see here, but a nice way to burn an hour...Movies are running every 30 minutes and the exhibits are a little cheesy with limited information. If you'd like to have a more active experience with learning and coastal animals, I'd highly recommend the Sealife Center in Seward.

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Bethesda, MD
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had a terrific day hiking and sea kayaking with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. We spent the first half of the day on hikes on the island -- my younger son and husband had a terrific 6 mile hike with Hannah, who answered my 12 year old's many, many questions. My older son and I did a hike... More

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Northern Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We went on the Dock Tour with Katie and it was great! For $5, it was a great value to learn where to look for sea creatures. We saw sea anemones, shrimp, sea urchins, and a few different kinds of small fish. We met at the Center's yurt on the Homer Spit and took a short walk over to the... More

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Estes Park, Colorado
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83 reviews 83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Great truly educational exhibits, amazing do not miss this great attraction. Be sure to stop. There is a nice s short hiking trail, fun programs, good gift shop. Immaculate restrooms. The kids will love it too.

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Sunapee, New Hampshire
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a great place to go and meet some people who are truly passionate about the environment and wildlife in the area. The displays are informative and hands on. The discovery room is a real gem. The different stations staffed with people was such a learning experience and they kept our boys attention and interest as they explained each... More

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Senior Contributor
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14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Good presentation of wildlife history, destruction and restoration. Learned a lot about the SE part of Alaska and it's part in WWII. Good for visit by children.

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