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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

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Address: 708 Smokey Bay Way, P.O. Box 2225, Homer, AK 99603
Phone Number: 907-235-6667
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Activities: Hiking
Description: This environmental education center offers natural history day tours for...
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!
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This is a very large building located right on the waterfront that has lots of exhibits to see and short walking trails to explore. We learned a lot about the local area while... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2014
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Barneveld, New York
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Barneveld, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a very large building located right on the waterfront that has lots of exhibits to see and short walking trails to explore. We learned a lot about the local area while exploring this place. We would definitely do a return visit

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gardnerville, nv
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very nicely done. The trail is also very nice. Do not forget to watch the movies of the research vessel that goes out to the far end of the Aleuthian chain

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Central Coast California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes 8 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
107 helpful votes 107 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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