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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Highway, Homer, AK 99603
907.235.6961
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Homer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Natural History Museums
Owner description: The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Byron Center, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We were looking for some indoor things to do on our two day stay in Homer due to the weather. What a nice place. Very informative and engaging displays. We truly learned a lot there. Worth the stop if you have the time.

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Alaska Island and Ocean Visitor's center is a great place to learn about your surroundings in Homer. The staff really love their community and bay and are willing to talk about them and to answer all your questions. The small historical display is worth a short visit. Take a short walk down to the beach for a beautiful view.

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Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This really is a lovely center with what looks like a lot of different things going on inside and out. We really enjoyed the boardwalk areas out into Beluga Slough. As we stood admiring the marsh, we were graced with the migratory flight of the lesser sand hill cranes. No warning, no notice. Just the right time to be standing... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Fabulous exhibit of the history, culture and wildlife on the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Great wildlife displays, complete with sounds and smells of the marine environment. Engaging displays of the early days of scientific studies; cultural displays of native peoples and early explorers. Lots to learn and appreciate.

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Curtis, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Entrance fee was kind of high for the limited number of exhibits. But the exhibits were interesting. Takes maybe an hour to hour and half to view everything.

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Maui
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This modern center has creative and engaging displays that convey stories and information about Alaska's history and wildlife. It is well worth a visit. You'll learn a lot. And it's free!

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Seneca, South Carolina, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great displays and videos on everything Alaska that will enhance your trip. Definitely worth an hour or two

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Homewood, Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Displays in the museum are very interesting and the staff was helpful by giving us local sites and places to eat. Gives you a great overview of the history of the area.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

This is a nice place to visit. Not much to do but worth the time. The walk to the beach is very nice. We were blessed to see a cow moose and twin calves in the front of the building. That was awesome.

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Lakeville MN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Friendly and Knowledgeable staff and great little trail along Beluga slough,an estuary behind center. Learned lots about tides.

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