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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Highway, Homer, AK 99603
907.235.6961
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Ranked #2 of 14 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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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Center is informative, with videos and diaramas. The same points were hit in each exhibit, to the point that we left feeling guilty for what previous humans had done to animals in Alaska in the past 150 years. Was hoping for information on the effect of the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake on Homer Spit. Nothing.

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Lancaster
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This center is a fabulous place to visit to learn about the bay and all of the wildlife in the area. I was surprised by all of the great exhibits and also with how much history was incorporated into the exhibits. There is a nice gift shop ....where I picked up a couple of great books! A great place to... More

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
49 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Everyone who visits Homer should stop here, we went early so virtually had the place to ourselves. Start by watching the short movie then view all the great exhibits and finish off by doing the short trail down to the beach. A great find we spent an enjoyable couple of hours here and found the staff to be helpful &... More

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Northern Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We spent about an hour at the visitor center. We watched a movie about the Katchemak Bay, and then checked out the exhibits on sea life in the national wildlife refuge. It was very helpful to us in planning what we want to see in Homer.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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83 reviews 83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We 're a lot.loved the exhibits. In fact we stopped back after a trip to gull Island. Be sure to walk the trails yo the beach and check out the special programs and movies.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is really a small museum and it is FREE to boot. Very nice, not crowded. Easy to navigate. Maybe if they called themselves a museum and charged an entry fee, they would be busier. Lots of people do not stop at a visitor's center.

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Lakeville, MN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I think this stop is essential in visiting Homer. We learned alot about the culture, history in the short visit. Beautiful building inside and out.

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Boise
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Love this small exhibit - and it is free.. a novelty in Alaska! There is great information on local wildlife and a knowledgeable staff.

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Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk. England
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240 reviews 240 reviews
40 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Called here after bear trip was cancelled owing to bad weather. Really helpful staff and excellent centre, lots of information and some great displays. I did the hours ranger walk at 11, which is a very easy walk all on boardwalks , ranger was good at explaining the wildlife and plants, saw a pair of cranes and their babies, ended... More

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Fredericksburg, Va
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102 reviews 102 reviews
9 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We did not make the most of our visit here because it was quite crowded, but did see the exhibits and watch two films. The exhibits were really great and documented the decimation of fur bearing animals along the Alaska coast.

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