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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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Great place to learn about the waters of Kachemak Bay surrounding Homer.

Very interesting place to visit. Lots of displays on the local animals that frequent the coastal waters in and around Homer. It is free, but they ask for a donation. Very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Homer, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place to visit. Lots of displays on the local animals that frequent the coastal waters in and around Homer. It is free, but they ask for a donation. Very educational for the young and old alike. There is no live animals but they have several specimens on display for a close up look you not normally be afforded... More 

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Inverness, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

DO NOT MISS THIS! We almost skipped it but then got a rainy afternoon so we decided to check it out. The exhibits are wonderful, the architecture is impressive, and there is plenty to see and do for several hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was a nice way to spend a couple of hours. Many of the exhibits are tailored a little more to families with kids, rather then a single adult, but it's still enjoyable. I caught a lecture by a visiting researcher, and though thus isn't for everyone I was quite excited to sirens an hour hearing about ocean stratification and... More 

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Madison, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We visited as part of a cruise excursion, spending just under an hour. I wish we would have had more time to explore the facility and learn more about the waters around Alaska. Well worth the visit.

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Muskegon Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It's not a huge place to visit but it's nice and very informative and worth the visit. Plan about 1/2 hour for the stop. They have a nice 10 minute movie and then a bunch of interesting exhibits.

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Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Not quite what I thought. Exhibits were very well done but not very many of them. Lots of blocked off areas so not sure what else there was. No time to take a hike to the slough. Visit was short and sweet. It was convenient to get to but glad there was no charge.

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Antrim, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This was an interesting place to visit. It had some very good displays and informative videos to watch.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We stopped in for a quick visit. It's worth an hour stop to check it out. There is some good info and interesting exhibits. It was raining so we didn't walk around the grounds.

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Sharon, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A small and informative museum (no charge) with creative displays describing the nature and history of the islands along Alaska's Southeast coast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Very informative visitor center. Free entrance. Sea life and coastal life are the subjects. Really helpful staff. Nice gift shop and very clean toilettes. Don't forget to do the walk to Beluga Slough departing the parking lot. We met a mama moose and 2 calfs on the trail.

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