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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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The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US...

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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Very good small museum

A number of very good exhibits (some hands-on) showing and nature trails leading to the bay. Get there early and you might see a moose.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A number of very good exhibits (some hands-on) showing and nature trails leading to the bay. Get there early and you might see a moose.

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

learn about our Oceans in an educational and fun setting..good for anyone to see for sure learning about sea life, tides, especially the extreme tides Homer has...fascinating!

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Northern CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is such a quality visitor center with really great displays. Sometimes, there's too much information, but the displays here had just the right amount and were very interesting. We enjoyed our visit and couldn't believe it was free of charge. Afterwards, we walked the path to the beach. It was a very pretty walk, with fireweed in bloom. We... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The centre has lots of really interesting exhibits, most particularly about the Aleutian Islands. Very interactive with lots of touch and play exhibits. Best of all, it's free. Definitely worth a visit.

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Kalispell, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We dropped in this afternoon and were quite entertained. We watched a short film, viewed all the displays, and went for a short hike down to the beach. This year there is a moose cow and two calves in the area. The so politely came up next to the visitor center to browse the willows and be photographed by the... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I enjoyed watching the nature video and walking through the exhibits to learn more about the Alaska Marine Refuge and islands along the Aleutian Island chain. From the visitor center you can walk along a board walk to the beach.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not as big a deal as I expected, but it was interesting and worthwhile. We missed the guided nature walk on the grounds, so we just walked it ourselves. We recommend you get the guided version, as there are not a lot of signs and you probably won't recognize things and understand their significance.

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Goodyear, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits are top-notch and well done. They have programs for the young and old and the staff is friendly. If you have time, it is worth every effort to visit this place. Also, after looking over the exhibits take a stroll outside on their well marked paths. Truly relaxing and memorable. Oh, no entrance fee into the visitor center.... More 

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Freeland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This building was well thought out. The outside walls look like a mountain, it blends in well with the area. The parking lot has ample parking for RVs and cars. There is direct access from the parking lot or the buildings back door to the estuary in the back. The walkway of the estuary connects with a back street that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful visitors center this place is! No expense seemed to be spared at making it an attractive and user friendly exhibition center. Whether your 80 or 3 years old, I think this visitors center would be interesting. Interactive exhibits of all sorts helped explain the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge to any age group.

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