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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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Westfield, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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Redmond, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It is not only a beautiful building but it the information was presented so it was very interesting. it is a must see if you are in Homer and look at the fish they have designed into the floor and the outside animal panels. very special place

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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The exhibits were interesting and some are interactive. They offer various programs that included guided tours and films. It is a new, well laid out building. Best of all it is free.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The center has very informative exhibits about the islands and wildlife. It is situated near a great trail/boardwalk where we could have spent more time birding. A great asset to Homer - a wonderful experience!

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Big Lake, Alaska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

So glad there's the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center to bring a far away place a bit closer to more people.

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springfield, IL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by this attraction. The videos were an informative overview of the area and its wildlife. A great free attraction

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