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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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Really enjoyed the Beluga Sleuth walk and the beach. Loved the many native culture exhibits, the different technologies used in the displays and the history of Alaska. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Stevensville, Montana
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Stevensville, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed the Beluga Sleuth walk and the beach. Loved the many native culture exhibits, the different technologies used in the displays and the history of Alaska. The exhibits were really well done and thought provoking. The to-scale version of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on plexiglass and a chain and placed so you could move it to any spot... More 

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The movie and exhibit taught us a lot about the coastal bird life in the Aleutian islands and its history. Worth the stop for sure!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We were unsure what this was but decided to make a stop. Surprised that admission is free which is always a nice bonus. Staff was very friendly and exhibits were interesting.

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DON MILLS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a great exhibit about the Bering strait, the inlets, the land and islands Included is the history and the effect many events have had on the ecology.. It is very well presented and understandable and free. The employees are very well informed and very interesting to listen to. Very well done. Loved it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Enjoyed the center nice place to learn more about the area. You can chose how much time you want to spend. They had movies and hiking options.

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Tadcaster, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

There's a wealth of information here about the islands and the oceans but not something that just grabbed my attention and held it. This might have been because it was towards the end of a long day but I'm usually an avid reader of everything in a museum or exhibition and I was through here pretty quickly.

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Waikanae, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Excellent and informative displays and videos. A good educational facility. Interesting architecture of the building and exibits

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

This is not the typical visitors center where you get brochures and directions. This is a research center museum relating you to the region. The rookery makes you feel like you are actually there. We visited a real rookery this week and this is so realistic. Take the Slough walk with an interpretive guide which is all free. Spend an... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is a wonderful place to go and learn more about the area and the mammals in the area. Great displays and both my daughter and myself loved the discovery room, which is very hands on learning. I was surprised that this center has free admission, yet they do ask for donations. A must check it out in Homer.

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Santa Clarita, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center was a great place to visit. The exhibits were very interesting and we really enjoyed the tide pools where it was "hands on". Very informative and they also have a great gift shop. Don't miss this place!

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Address: 95 Sterling Highway, Homer, AK 99603
Phone Number: 907.235.6961
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Homer

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