Homer is a town for fish, birds and nature!
We really enjoyed our visit to this centre on a dry afternoon in May. Our only regret is that we did not allow enough time to do everything we could have done outdoors on such a lovely day because we could have explored more of the trails had we had more time.
There are a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions which would appeal to most ages. The building itself is still fairly new (2004) beautifully and thoughtfully designed both inside and out and the setting gives some lovely views onto the bay whether the tide is in or out. Outside are bird shaped bicycle stands, colourful banners with a nature theme on the lighting stands, and inset into the outer walls are panels showing sealife and birdlife. There are some walking trails you can do by yourself, each was well described and although we did not have time to do more than one trail, the boardwalk was well constructed and fully accessible. Everything we saw inside and out was beautifully designed and maintained. Both paid staff and volunteers, along with visitors, keep in constant contact with sightings and can advise visitors what can be seen at any one time and where. They even set up telescopes on the boardwalk for easier viewing and are happy to explain to the more inexperienced what you are looking at! You can also borrow binoculars for your visit. Inside there are several exhibits and a movie theatre. The exhibits were really well designed, held our attention and would appeal to all ages. Some are interactive. The quality of the photography was fabulous and artists have designed some of the exhibits and decor. The amount of information available and the quality of the information was very high standard and the staff really added to our overall enjoyment as they were friendly, knowledgeable and very happy to be working or volunteering there.
I regret that this rather "bland" review does not really give the best impression of what this Center offers and suggest that you look at the website for a broader view of what is available. Having said that, even the website does not give the full picture because the outside trails and the setting are not particularly well described and are a particular highlight of any visit. Go there if you can, but unlike us, plan to spend longer especially if the weather is good and you want to explore the trails and enjoy nature at its best. Admission is free.
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