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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 13 attractions in Homer
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Melbourne, Australia
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181 reviews 181 reviews
45 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

There are some well-designed and interesting exhibits in this modern building, covering history, oceanography and natural history. There are also a number of art works built in to add to the ambiance. A visit really only needs about an hour but it's worth a visit and it's in a worthy cause too.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

this is a beautiful Center for anyone wanting information on this area of Alaska and the history of it's peoples and wildlife. Beautiful displays, informative movies.. this is at least a 3 hour visit to see everything.

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Ravenna, Nebraska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

A nice little learning museum with a fairly large amount of information. The Lady behind the desk was very friendly and helpfull as was everyone we met in Homer

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Kansas City, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Dont think there was much of an admission fee. Worth doing, you get to see how diverse the land and wildlife was.

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Homer, Alaska
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

They have a great "Jr Biologist" program for kids!! Interesting movies, fabulous displays and excellent staff! Well worth a visit!

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Virginia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
12 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We enjoyed visiting here to learn a bit more about the area. If you have a kid, they have something called "Junior Biologist" program where there are questions to answer. It guided our visit and made us go more in-depth than we might have otherwise.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We have two kids, and we stopped here on our way into town. It's a great little museum and gave us lots of useful facts and information for our stay in Homer.

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Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Great way to spend a couple of hours. Excellent displays and films. We seemed to be the only ones there (late September).... and a geo-cache.

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Austin, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lots of information available at the center and the staff are a wealth of info. Would certainly spend more time on our next visit.

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Montana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great visitor center, we almost skipped it but are glad we didn't. Videos are worth the time. The boardwalk to the beach has beautiful views. Great small bookstore/gift shop.

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