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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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Very natural exhibits.Animals appeared lifelike as did their habitat.Movies were wonderful and interacted with displays.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very natural exhibits.Animals appeared lifelike as did their habitat.Movies were wonderful and interacted with displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Fun place to stop before heading out to play in Homer! We found lots of great information about local animal and sea life in Homer. The staff is friendly and they have a little walk through, interactive museum that we always enjoy.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We stopped here before walking to Bishop's Beach. There were plenty of exhibits for both kids and adults! The volunteers were helpful too.

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Bryan, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Homer is a wonderful small town and for rural area it is very nice. It has interactive activities that are nice for children.

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Kenai, Alaska
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Loved the displays! AND store! Staff was spread thin but very friendly and knowledgeable. Skip the movie presentation and take the do-it-yourself tour.

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Redding, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A must see when coming to Homer. Free / donation based so it is affordable for families. nice gift shop and museum with interactive displays.

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We stopped there just to get warm and found ourselves in a very nice location with a lot of interactive installations: a nice way to learn a lot in a very short period of time. A shame we stopped only for the main building and installations and never took all the trails but it's a good place to visit. Definitely... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

You can hike on the trails or just go through the visitors center. The visitor center and exhibit hall is wonderful. The exhibits explain all about the area on the ecological science behind the water ways and the culture of the region. They have children exhibits (hands on) and movies. Very informative. They have a small gift shop available.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Near a wonderful trail that leads to Bishop's Beach, the visitor center will give you great information on the flora and fauna of the South Central, Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet area. Since you are in one of the most beautiful natural settings in North America, take some time to learn about the sensitive eco system you are visiting.

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Islands and Ocean Visitor center is a beautiful and extremely well done facility. The exhibits on the Alaska Maritime Refuge natural and cultural history are interesting, modern, and educational. There is something for everyone here, from Environmental Education for the youngsters (and oldsters too!), to wonderful films about the Refuge, to the exhibits, to a great Alaska Geographic Bookstore.... More 

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