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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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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235 reviews 235 reviews
39 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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
71 helpful votes 71 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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Boulder, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A visit to this museum will help you recognize the area wildlife when you head for the woods. There are also historical exhibits describing how people have lived in the Homer area. Nice access to Bishop Beach.

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very professionally done and FREE. Hard to beat that. We visited due to the fact it was pouring rain. Wish we could have availed ourselves of the interesting hiking right off the visitor center but were a bit rain logged by then. We enjoyed our brief educational visit here.

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Crescent City, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A perfect way to spend a rainy day! Beautiful displays, audio stories, films of the area, etc. Very nicely laid-out for young and old, alike.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Make time to visit. Your tax dollars at work! It is free and wonderful, especially for kids. There is a lovely trail down to the beach.

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Houston, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

To be honest, we weren't aware of this museum until we saw it and pulled into the parking lot. Although it has very high quality exhibits related to the area, it is more than just a museum. There are classrooms and an enthusiastic volunteer network comprised of committed locals who are proud of the area where they live, care about... More

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