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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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A "Don't Miss" on your Homer excursion!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Homer, Alaska
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Lisbon, Portugal
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77 reviews 77 reviews
17 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Near Homer we had the chance to visit this place. A nice design building and surrounds ... inside a great surprise: A movie theater, several exhibitions about the wildlife, birding, science and investigation but also about human habitation and local history. Well done ... lots of information available, modern interactive displays, informative posters, multimedia screens and plenty of kids activity's... More 

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Tanana, AK
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If you are looking for a free place to visit and learn about the local area's natural history and the history of the Aleutian Islands, this is the place. They also have a great little gift shop!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I had not know about the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center the first time I was in Homer. I only stopped by on a whim, and am very glad I did. The center is very well put together, with an intuitive layout and fantastic displays. A must stop.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This was a nice stop. We learned about the history and wildlife around Homer and out to the Aleution islands.

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SeaTac, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Lots of wildlife on marsh boardwalk, including baby sandhill cranes! Lovely things to read along the way too. Glad the trails are open to the public even when the visitor center is closed!

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Homer, Alaska
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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a nice place to stop at while in Homer, they have some interactive recorded scenes, it doesn't take long to walk around and read the informative signs

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Twin Falls, Idaho
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Fabulous experience, dynamic and interactive. Displays are simple, informative and interesting. The adults in our group had a good time, as did the kid. The volunteer on duty was great with kids and super helpful. Allow at least an hour. Free! Very pleased.

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Kenai Peninsula
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Located in the heart of Homer, this place is well done with lots of wonderful exhibits that tell of the history of Homer and much about the animals in and around Kachemak Bay.and you can take a walk down to the beach from there. Great place for adults and children!

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Homer, Alaska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A trip to Homer is not complete unless you visit here. The center gives tourists insight into the ecosystem of the islands and the birds and fauna.

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