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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 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

For a change, this place was CLEAN and FREE. That differs from some of the other sites we visited in Homer. Friendly, helpful staff. CLEAN restrooms and facility. Informative short movies. NO CHARGE. Interesting exhibits. There are several short walks you can do from the parking lot. Recommended and would visit again.

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San Diego
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Small but high quality visitor center. The information on the displays was easy to absorb, the staff friendly, and the guided nature walk interesting. We were very glad we stopped here.

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CA Northcoast
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was a wonderful visitor center. The displays and design of the building are beautiful. We went on one of their guided walks down to the marsh with a very knowledgeable biologist.

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Amazing visitor center depicting the local flora, fauna and ocean life of the Alaskan islands. Great movies to watch in the visitor center; free outdoor talks by a resident biologist. Helpful staff,a must see for all visitors to Homer, AK.

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Edmonton, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is a nice simple centre, excellent for children and a wonderful introduction to the history of the area.

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Westfield, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the exhibits and the sense of history it gave. The early abuse of the natural resources and then the work to restore most that were endangered. The two short movies were also very informative(9 minutes and 14 minutes).

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Blue Earth
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was a very interesting and educational stop that gave a flavor for what the area is all about. There were workers to help with interpretive type information as well.

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Hayward, WI
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Some unique features, such as the sourdough explaining a little about his life/times. The World War II section was quite interesting, as was the small display on the rookeries. They had a docent-led walking tour of estuaries, which we didn't attend. Two videos. Various native peoples displays and a temporary photography contest display. Good for a rainy day, but if... More

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Albany, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

In Homer visiting family who are stationed in AK, Knowing I enjoyed history, they made sure we stopped by the Center. Wasn't sure what to find, but for anyone wishing to know more about the history of coastal Alaska, this is the place. Very clean and up to date. Interesting displays, ones I liked with artifacts and displays to read...and... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

very interesting and informative place. well worth your time. great displays and informative displays. very interesting and worth the time it takes

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