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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 13 Attractions in Homer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Museums
Owner description: The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, 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 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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SeaTac, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Lots of wildlife on marsh boardwalk, including baby sandhill cranes! Lovely things to read along the way too. Glad the trails are open to the public even when the visitor center is closed!

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Homer, Alaska
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23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a nice place to stop at while in Homer, they have some interactive recorded scenes, it doesn't take long to walk around and read the informative signs

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Twin Falls, Idaho
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Fabulous experience, dynamic and interactive. Displays are simple, informative and interesting. The adults in our group had a good time, as did the kid. The volunteer on duty was great with kids and super helpful. Allow at least an hour. Free! Very pleased.

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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 November 13, 2014

Located in the heart of Homer, this place is well done with lots of wonderful exhibits that tell of the history of Homer and much about the animals in and around Kachemak Bay.and you can take a walk down to the beach from there. Great place for adults and children!

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Homer, Alaska
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A trip to Homer is not complete unless you visit here. The center gives tourists insight into the ecosystem of the islands and the birds and fauna.

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Homer, Alaska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Every time we go here, we really enoy it. It is free and we sure like the trail to the beach behind the building. Wow!

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Oak Ridge, Tn
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215 reviews 215 reviews
36 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This educational facility has a wealth of displays inside and several trails around the facility with awesome views. For those interested in geocaching, there are several geocaches in the immediate area. Well worth the time to learn about this area and these people are delighted to provide individual time to answer your questions. No admission charge but donations are accepted.... More 

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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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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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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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