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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

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Address: 95 Sterling Highway, Homer, AK 99603
Phone Number: 907.235.6961
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Description: The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the...
The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Built in 2003 as a resource for the community and visitors to Homer, Alaska, the building houses interpretive and interactive exhibits and displays describing the important work and research of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.Located at 95 Sterling Highway, there are opportunities to enjoy the exhibit hall, informative videos, regular educational programming, and Ranger/Naturalist-led walks and presentations.The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors!
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Don't skip this. You'll be educated and fascinated!

Loved the displays! AND store! Staff was spread thin but very friendly and knowledgeable. Skip the movie presentation and take the do-it-yourself tour.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Kenai, Alaska
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Kenai, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Loved the displays! AND store! Staff was spread thin but very friendly and knowledgeable. Skip the movie presentation and take the do-it-yourself tour.

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Redding, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A must see when coming to Homer. Free / donation based so it is affordable for families. nice gift shop and museum with interactive displays.

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Moscow, Russia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We stopped there just to get warm and found ourselves in a very nice location with a lot of interactive installations: a nice way to learn a lot in a very short period of time. A shame we stopped only for the main building and installations and never took all the trails but it's a good place to visit. Definitely... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

You can hike on the trails or just go through the visitors center. The visitor center and exhibit hall is wonderful. The exhibits explain all about the area on the ecological science behind the water ways and the culture of the region. They have children exhibits (hands on) and movies. Very informative. They have a small gift shop available.

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Budapest, Hungary
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Near a wonderful trail that leads to Bishop's Beach, the visitor center will give you great information on the flora and fauna of the South Central, Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet area. Since you are in one of the most beautiful natural settings in North America, take some time to learn about the sensitive eco system you are visiting.

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Islands and Ocean Visitor center is a beautiful and extremely well done facility. The exhibits on the Alaska Maritime Refuge natural and cultural history are interesting, modern, and educational. There is something for everyone here, from Environmental Education for the youngsters (and oldsters too!), to wonderful films about the Refuge, to the exhibits, to a great Alaska Geographic Bookstore.... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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19 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Near Homer we had the chance to visit this place. A nice design building and surrounds ... inside a great surprise: A movie theater, several exhibitions about the wildlife, birding, science and investigation but also about human habitation and local history. Well done ... lots of information available, modern interactive displays, informative posters, multimedia screens and plenty of kids activity's... More 

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Tanana, AK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If you are looking for a free place to visit and learn about the local area's natural history and the history of the Aleutian Islands, this is the place. They also have a great little gift shop!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I had not know about the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center the first time I was in Homer. I only stopped by on a whim, and am very glad I did. The center is very well put together, with an intuitive layout and fantastic displays. A must stop.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This was a nice stop. We learned about the history and wildlife around Homer and out to the Aleution islands.

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